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Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton Hardcover – 1996

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  • Hardcover: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press, San Francisco,; 1St Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340671327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340671320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a big fan of biographies, but Pearce does a fine job here. Part of it obviously is due to the wonderful man he is dealing with, a splendidly witty writer who perfected the paradox and dared to insert common sense into politics. The material on the younger Chesterton isn't too interesting, but Pearce succesfully explains Chesterton's views, reviews all his major writings, covers his personal life well and gives fair space to Chesterton's critics as well as his friends (though the two were often one and the same, such as Shaw and Wells, as the book points out). A very good introduction into the life of Chesterton and recommended for anyone interested in him or anyone who doesn't know anything of this great man.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthem on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an audacious book. Consider for a moment - you are an author writing a biography of an author, who had in turn already written an autobiography. And the author you are writing about is GK Chesteron. After all GKC said about himself, what more is there to say?

Fortunately, a lot. While this work is a biography, it comes close to being a deserved panegyric as well. Pearce is clearly taken with his subject, and the result is one that mimic's Chesterton's own habit of "conveying the truth, if not the facts."

That being said, Wisdom & Innocence is a hefty book, covering Chesterton's life in strangely selected detail. It serves as a nice "jumping off point" to Chesterton's other works, although I share some frustration with other reviewers that some detail is lacking (my personal gripe is that the intellectual battle between Chesterton, Wells and Shaw is overshadowed by descriptions of their genial personal relationship).

After all of Chesterton's nominal biographies of great literary figures, one can easily forgive Pearce for applying the same "impressionist" techniques to Chesterton himself. I, for one, think GK would be pleased.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Georges Allaire on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For the first time in all the years I have learnt from G.K. Chesterton, I have found a biographer able to explain the Marconi scandal... Cecil, G.K.'s brother, was attacking insider trading before it became a fashion to do so. Joseph Pearce allows us to understand and value G.K. fidelity towards his brother's memory and social insights. Hat's off to the biographer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jackson on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
There is a bumper sticker that reads: God, please save me from your followers. Just as the disciples of the Deity often present the most considerable obstacle to knowing Him, a like argument can may be made for the earnest devotees of Gilbert Kieth Chesterton. This is most unfortunate, since we merely aim to be grateful to one who has offered us spiritual strength, and may have even led us to God. To his fans, Chesterton is a brilliant writer whose (almost) every line demonstrates his profundity. We discover that he had an epigram for everything: one which conveys an essential truth in a way that is always witty and seldom inconsiderate. We laugh at his jokes and groan at his puns, and we are always edified. As Pearce's writing attests, if we try to write, we betray the master's influence, what with our semi-colons, alliteration, and attempted paradoxes.

But it would be a mistake to allow poor imitation to ruin one of "the giants of twentieth-century literature". The most obvious place to begin a study of such a giant is with the man's own books; I would recommend The Everlasting Man. But another splendid place to start is Joseph Pearce's well-written and thoroughly researched biography, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of GK Chesterton. Pearce maintains a good balance between telling the tale of Chesterton and providing selections from his writings--poetry, essays, books, novels--which are integral to understanding the man, and which greatly increase one's admiration of him. As might be expected from Pearce, who has since penned a number of similar works on Catholic literary figures, focus is placed on Chesterton's relationships with members of the literary world. Much is made, for instance, of his friendships with Hilaire Belloc and Fr.
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