Introduction ; PART ONE ; 1. The Man with the Golden Key, 1874-1883 ; 2. School Days: St Paul's and the JDC, 1883-1892 ; 3. Nightmare at the Slade: Digging for the Sunrise of Wonder, 1892-1894 ; 4. Beginning the Journey Round the World, 1894-1899 ; PART TWO ; 5. Who is GKC? 1900-1902 ; 6. The Man of Letters as Defender of the Faith, 1903-1904: Robert Browning; Blatchford I; The Napoleon of Notting Hill ; 7. The Critic as Polemicist, 1904-1906: G. F. Watts; Blatchford II; Heretics; The Ball and the Cross; Charles Dickens ; 8. Battles in the Last Crusade, 1907-1908: The Man Who Was Thursday and Orthodoxy ; Epilogue ; Bibliography
Dr William Oddie is a former editor of The Catholic Herald and author of a number of books on literary and theological themes.
highly readable... Oddie's biography is entertaining and scholarly, and the hero is very much Chesterton, pushing himself to the fore * Brian Murdoch, Literature and Theology *
This is a landmark study... Oddie's book marks a significant breakthrough in Chestertonscholarship... In the Epilogue, Oddie makes a powerful case for Chesterton's contemporary relevance as a prophet against the 'profound disenchantment' with humanity that underscores much twentieth-century literature and thought and the 'modernist' movements of Chesterton's time on which they leant. Historians should read the book for its depth of understanding of those movements, as well as the reaction they called forth in G.K. Chesterton. * Julia Stapleton, Twentieth Century British History *
The book has been thoroughly researched and makes good use of Chesterton's published writings... This study will not only advance our understanding of this important writerbut deepen our appreciation of the era in which Chesterton won his spurs. This book should take its place as one of the best insights into the intellectual ferment of modern England. * James Munson, Contemporary Review *