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The Father Brown Omnibus

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G. K. Chesterton


Gilbert Keith Chesterton might best be described by Protestants as a sort of  Roman Catholic C. S. Lewis.  Like Lewis, his fans are certain that G. K. Chesterton was the best writer of the 20th century.  He said something about everything and they feel that he said it better than anybody else.  And, also like the fans of Lewis, they think that the  reason he was the greatest writer of the 20th century was because he was also the greatest thinker of the 20th century.

Born in London, Chesterton was educated at St. Paulís, but never went to college.  He went to art school.  In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time.  He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown.  In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist.  He also edited his own newspaper, G. K.ís Weekly. _______________  

Author: G. K. Chesterton

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

- G. K. Chesterton

Reissued with a new preface by the novelist and Critic Auberon Waugh, this omnibus contains all the fifty-one famous Father Brown detective stories published in a single volume for the first time.

Agatha Christie On Father Brown:

Of all the great fictional detectives, none is more honestly liked than this jovial keen-witted little priest, of whom Agatha Christie wrote: "Father Brown has always been one of my favorite sleuths...He is one of the few figures in detective fiction who can be enjoyed for his own sake, whether you are a detective fan or not."

Ellery Queen On Father Brown:

Ellery Queen attested to his longevity, saying, "Father Brown is one of the few characters in all fiction who---through his humanity, sagacity, personal charm and credible genius---is likely to survive the fickle years."

The Five Individual "Father Brown" Books, containing a total of 51 Stories, are:

  • The Innocence of Father Brown

  • The Wisdom of father Brown

  • The Incredulity of Father Brown

  • The Secret of Father Brown

  • The Scandal of Father Brown


Dodd, Mead & Company, New York 


Tell others about Jesus like G. K. Chesterton did:

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 About G. K. Chesterton:

Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.  His style is unmistakable, always marked by humility, consistency, paradox, wit, and wonder.  His writing remains as timely and as timeless today as when it first appeared.

He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News.

Good essays - all of them Ė as funny as they are serious, and as readable and rewarding a century after they were written.

This man who composed such profound and perfect lines stood 6í4" and weighed about 300 pounds, usually had a cigar in his mouth, and walked around wearing a cape and a crumpled hat, tiny glasses pinched to the end of his nose, swordstick in hand, laughter blowing through his moustache. ____________________________

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