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November 21, 2011 - 12:06 PST

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SAN FRANCISCO, Ca (November 21, 2011) - G.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. But reading his essays is not just an exercise in studying a literary form at its finest, it is an encounter with timeless truths that jump off the page as fresh and powerful as the day they were written.

The only problem with Chesterton's essays is that there are too many of them: over five thousand! For most readers it is not even possible to know where to start or how to begin to approach them.

So three of the world's leading authorities on Chesterton - Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, and Aidan Mackey - have joined together to collect the "best" Chesterton essays in a new volume entitled "In Defense of Sanity", a collection that will be appreciated by both the newcomer and the seasoned student of this great 20th century man of letters.

The variety of topics addressed in these essays is astounding: barbarians, architects, mystics, ghosts, fireworks, rain, juries, gargoyles and much more. These essays also take a look at Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, George MacDonald, T.S. Eliot, and the Bible - all in that inimitable, formidable but always quotable style of G.K. Chesterton.

Even more astounding than the variety is the continuity of Chesterton's thought that ties everything together. While some of the essays in this volume may be familiar, many of them are collected here for the first time, making their first appearance in over a century. This new collection is a veritable feast for the mind and heart.

Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, says, "The breadth of G.K. Chesterton's achievement as an essayist is matched only by its depth. He is incredibly prolific and stunningly profound. Reading his essays not only provides a perfect lesson of this art form, but a lesson on everything else."

About the Editor
Dale Ahlquist is the President of the American Chesterton Society and the author of three books on Chesterton, including The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101. He is also the creator and host of the popular "Apostle of Common Sense" television series on EWTN.

To request a review copy or an interview with Editor Dale Ahlquist, please contact:
Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)867-4180 or rose@ignatius.com

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