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Thesis - University Access Only

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Master of Arts (MA)

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Jerry W. Yarbrough


Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote voluminously-essays, detective stories, novels, plays, and poems-between the years 1 900-1 936; several more volumes were published after his death in 1 936. Because of his ability and reputation as a literary critic, Chesterton also wrote forewords and introductions in a great number of other people's works. Chesterton is an important author who has been undervalued by critics and scholars. Chesterton has been criticized for being a Catholic apologist, for being an author of detective stories, and for being humorous and paradoxical. Yet a comparison of the work of john Milton and G.K. Chesterton demonstrates a serious level of content and subject matter which should earn Chesterton a favorable place in the canon. This first chapter will provide a short summary of Chesterton's life, expound upon the influence of Puritanism on the young Chesterton and his later view on Puritanism, and then establish Chesterton's familiarity with Milton's works. Information in this chapter was culled from Chesterton's Autobiography and Maisie Ward's Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Chesterton, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 -- Criticism and interpretation
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation



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