Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Twelve Types Paperback – March 24, 2009
Up to 50% off select Non-Fiction books
Featured titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
His little essays touch on one woman and eleven men. All twelve "types" are well known, although for different skills, including writing, thinking, brooding or kinging it.
Charlotte Bronte wrote of plain people with big, sometimes tortured souls. William Morris found the 19th Century ugly and tried to reshape it in stained glass and cloth to evoke better bygone ages.
Lord Byron wore many disguises, including pessimism. Robert Louis Stevenson was even more a man of masks. Alexander Pope knew, generously, that people worth satirizing had to have a core of value. He made his witty, wise couplets look easy. But no one who has copied him has been remotely so good.
What did Francis of Assisi and Edmund Rostand share? They were great poets, first and foremost. Francis loved life and people more happily than anyone before or since. Rostand's soldiers dying in fear of the crows that would soon pluck out their eyes cheered for Napoleon one last "Vive l'empereur!."
That idlest but most despotic of Stuart Kings, Charles II, was a thorough sceptic. He was not just sceptical about this or that. He doubted everything. Even in turning Catholic and taking communion on his deathbed, he might muse, "The wafer might not be God, similarly it might not be a wafer." Charles's restoration in 1660 was a revolt "of the debris of human nature." Men of the Restoration, weak Epicureans all, were masters of killing time. Higher Epicureans "make time live."
Thomas Carlyle believed his message to be true and important but did not think it important to persuade others.Read more ›
The advantage of using the Kindle is that (1) it's more portable than a paper book and (2) you can select the type size yourself. No more teeny-tiny little letters to squint your aging eyes at. Incidentally, thanks to the Kindle delivery system, it's also cheaper than a paper book.
I always come away from anything he'd written with a sense of understanding and awe, unable to fathom how the man comes up with his utterly unique and concentric style of argument and explanation.
"Twelve Types" is a compilation of biographical essays of writers, most of whom I know nothing, but it didn't matter, the way Chesterton describes them and explains his lauds or laments about them is worth the reading.