GK Chesterton’s birthday: 20% off select titles!

Today is G.K. Chesterton’s birthday, and to celebrate we’re offering 20% off these classic Chesterton titles with the coupon code CHESTERTON2013:

The G.K. Chesterton Collection (11 vols.) | A Miscellany Of Men | Divorce vs. Democracy | Utopia of Usurers | The New Jerusalem | All Things Considered | Orthodoxy | Heretics | Eugenics and Other Evils | What I Saw in America | What’s Wrong With the World | The Superstition of Divorce

Chesterton and Frances

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a prolific late 19th/early 20th century author and journalist who wrote in England on a variety of topics, ranging from politics and religion to philosophy and poetry. Chesterton, often referred to as the “prince of paradox”, was a bit of a paradox himself. He was at the same time a controversial figure in the English speaking world as an outspoken critic of many “modern” tendencies as well a beloved friend to many of the same writers he often criticized. He and the famous George Bernard Shaw, for instance, were often found in debate as close “friendly enemies.”

Not only was Chesterton a controversial and witty journalist, he also wrote extensively on theological topics, evidenced by some of his most popular works such as Orthodoxy and Heretics. In addition to his critical works, Chesterton also produced many works of fiction. His metaphysical mystery/thriller The Man Who Was Thursday and his famous Father Brown mystery series showed that Chesterton was not only a great philosopher and social thinker, but an adept poet and creative writer. Chesterton’s works are always filled with humor, and his writing style and thought has earned him the colloquial title of “the apostle of common sense.”

Most of all, Chesterton was a devout Catholic and loving husband. His passion was to show the beautiful truth of orthodoxy, and he did so by standing up for truths of Catholicism in an increasingly modern and relativistic social climate. Though mostly written in the early 20th century, Chesterton’s works are more relevant than ever in a culture that looks very similar to the one that Chesterton himself inhabited.

The GK Chesterton Collection is available for the rest of this week at 20% off, and you can save even more by getting a Verbum library package featuring Chesterton’s books and hundreds of other titles at a fraction of the normal publication price.

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  • Any chance of ever seeing The Everlasting Man, Chesterton’s greatest work, available on Logos?

    • It’s my favorite work of his, Mark. We’re currently in talks with the publisher to make that title (and many others by Chesterton) available on Verbum. Personally, I hope we work out a deal soon! Godbless

      • He died in 1936. Aren’t all of his works in the public domain?

        Personally, I want the Aquinas biography. It’s supposed to be very good.

        (After having checked: both of these books are on CCEL, and clearly claimed to be PD. We could make them into PB’s today, if we wanted to and had the time.)

      • I’ve read his Aquinas biography, and it is fantastic (so, too, is his hagiography of St. Francis.) Although these titles are claimed to be PD, copyright law in the UK is different than in the US. They are still under copyright due to a number of complicated legal restrictions involving simultaneous international publishing, different copyright laws enacted in 1911, 1955 and 1980, and a few caveats stipulated in the Berne Convention. It’s complicated stuff, but we will be in conversations with the current copyright owners in the near-future.

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