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About the Author: G.K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.

Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.


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ISBN10: 1447403282 | ISBN13: 9781447403289

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE OF THE PRESSMAN

THE MODERATE MURDERER

I. THE MAN WITH THE GREEN UMBRELLA
II. THE BOY WHO MADE A SCENE
III. THE MAN WHO COULD NOT HATE
V. THE THEORY OF MODERATE MURDER

VI. THE THING THAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE HONEST QUACK

I. THE PROLOGUE OF THE TREE
II. THE MAN WITH THE BLACK BAG
III. THE TRESPASSER IN THE GARDEN
IV. THE DISEASE OF DUODIAPSYCHOSIS
V. THE SECRET OF THE TREE
VI. THE EPILOGUE OF THE GARDEN

THE ECSTATIC THIEF

I. THE NAME OF NADOWAY
II. THE BURGLAR AND THE BROOCH
III. A QUEER REFORMATION
IV. THE PROBLEMS OF DETECTIVE PRICE
V. THE THIEF ON TRIAL
VI. THE CLEANSING OF THE NAME

THE LOYAL TRAITOR

I. THE MENACE OF THE WORD
II. THE PROCESSION OF THE PLOTTERS
III. THE PRINCESS INTERVENES
IV. THE UNREASONABLENESS OF WOMAN
V. THE TERMS OF A TRAITOR
VI. THE SPEAKING OF THE WORD

EPILOGUE OF THE PRESSMAN


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THE MAN WITH THE GREEN UMBRELLA

The new Governor was Lord Tallboys, commonly called Top-hat Tallboys, because of his attachment to that uncanny erection, which he continued to carry balanced on his head as calmly among the palm-trees of Egypt as among the lamp-posts of Westminster. Certainly he carried it calmly enough in lands where few crowns were safe from toppling. The district he had come out to govern may here be described, with diplomatic vagueness, as a strip on the edge of Egypt and called for our convenience Polybia. It is an old story now; but one which many people had reason to remember for many years, and at the time it was an imperial event. One Governor was killed, another Governor was nearly killed, but in this story we are concerned only with one catastrophe, and that was rather a personal and even private catastrophe.
Top-hat Tallboys was a bachelor and yet he brought a family with him. He had a nephew and two nieces of whom one, as it happened, had married the Deputy Governor of Polybia, the man who had been called to rule during the interregnum after the murder of the previous ruler. The other niece was unmarried; her name was Barbara Traill, and she may well be the first figure to cross the stage of this story.


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Other Books by G K Chesterton by ADB Publishing
(The Original) As I Was Saying
(The Original) Four Faultless Felons (This Book)
(The Original) Tales of the Long Bow
(The Original) The Club of Queer Trades
(The Original) The Everlasting Man
(The Original) The Man Who Knew Too Much
(The Original) The Man Who Was Thursday
(The Original) The Napoleon of Notting Hill
(The Original) The Paradoxes of Mr Pond
(The Original) The Poet and The Lunatics Episodes in the Life of Gabriel Gale (1929)
(The Original) The Return of Don Quixote
(The Original) The Sword of Wood (1928)
(The Original) The Trees of Pride
BIOGRAPHIES:
(The Original) Charles Dickens
(The Original) George Bernard Shaw
(The Original) Leo Tolstoy
(The Original) Lord Kitchener (1917)
(The Original) Milton Man and Poet
(The Original) Robert Browning
(The Original) Robert Louis Stevenson
(The Original) St Francis of Assisi
(The Original) St. Thomas Aquinas
(The Original) William Cobbett

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