Father Brown is back in The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), the second of five collections of short stories featuring G. K. Chesterton’s unlikely, lovable priest-detective. Included are “The Paradise of Thieves” and “The Purple Wig,” which frequently rank among Chesterton’s top ten tales. Along with his sidekick, reformed criminal M. Hercule Flambeau, Father Brown employs his legendary intuition and insight into the criminal mind to unerringly solve even the most baffling of mysteries—among them the perplexing case of a man who was shot without firearms and the eerie tale of the Spaniard’s curse. Chesterton’s wildly popular Father Brown stories—which he continued to write until his death in 1936—are among the most beloved of the detective fiction genre. This Warbler Classics edition includes a detailed biographical timeline.
G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) was a prolific English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. He is best known in mystery circles as the creator of the fictional priest-detective Father Brown and for the metaphysical thriller The Man Who Was Thursday. Often referred to as “the prince of paradox,” Chesterton frequently made his points by turning familiar sayings and proverbs inside out.
Chesterton attended the Slade School of Art, a department of University College London, where he took classes in illustration and literature, though he did not complete a degree in either subject. In 1895, at the age of twenty-one, he began working for the London publisher George Redway. A year later he moved to another publisher, T. Fisher Unwin, where he undertook his first work in journalism, illustration, and literary criticism.
In addition to writing fifty-three Father Brown stories, Chesterton authored articles and books of social criticism, philosophy, theology, economics, literary criticism, biography, and poetry.
“G. K. Chesterton’s atmospheric Father Brown stories are the best the genre has ever seen.” —The Guardian
“The Father Brown stories penned in the early 1900s by British critic-novelist-philosopher G. K. Chesterton still rank among the best examples of the detective fiction genre.” —The Los Angeles Times
Price: $9.95 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 146 pages
Book dimensions: 6 x .38 x 9 in
Published: August 11, 2021