CHESTERTON AND THE ROMANCE OF ORTHODOXY
The Making of GKC, 1874-1908

WILLIAM ODDIE
412pp 2010 OUT OF PRINT (P) P617

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When Chesterton died in 1936, T S Eliot pronounced that 'Chesterton's social and economic ideas were the ideas for his time that were fundamentally Christian and Catholic'. This work is an exploration of GKC's imaginative and spiritual development, from his early childhood in the 1870s to his intellectual maturity in the first decade of the twentieth century. Oddie draws extensively on unpublished letters and notebooks, journalism and early classic writings to reveal the writer in his own words. In the first major study to draw on this source material, he charts the progression of Chesterton's ideas from his first story (composed at the age of three and dictated to his aunt Rose) to his apologetic masterpiece Orthodoxy, in which he openly established the intellectual foundations on which the prolific writing of his last three decades would build.

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. TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH HISTORY