For the month of November, the Society will read Chesterton's account of his 1921 trip to America's shores (including his passing through Philadelphia!), What I Saw in America.
This is a unique book by Chesterton and should make for good reading around the very American Thanksgiving holiday, and for a great discussion when we meet just after that celebration (on November 27th).
You can purchase this book in Volume 21 of the collected works, read it online, or else search for it on... ya know... that website.
Join the Philadelphia Chesterton Society on Sunday, October 23rd as we revisit one of Chesterton's most celebrated works, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare. This is an easy-to-find work in various formats, though we recommend the Ignatius Press edition available from the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton online store.
This is a re-reading for the Society, though the last time was way back in October 2014. This is a story that bears revisiting, as it is commonly thought to be one of Chesterton's most cryptic works of fiction. It's also a great read for this time of year, as light and darkness seem to begin battling for ascendency, since this is really, as Dale Ahlquist calls it, Chesterton's "cosmic" detective story. This would be a perfect meeting for newcomers to Chesterton — so do try and come, if you've never joined us before, or bring a friend along with you if you're an old hand!
Join the Society on the Ides of March (March 15, 2020) to discuss the concluding chapters of Chesterton's Orthodoxy. Whether you were able to join us for the first part of our discussion in January or not, please come and take part in this great discussion, where we will discuss the whole thesis of Orthodoxy, but particularly focus on these chapters:
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Join the Society on Sunday evening, June 23rd, to discuss the first part (chapters 1-8) of GKC's Autobiography, the penultimate publication of the author's lifetime (a book of essays, unfortunately out of print, entitled "As I was Saying," takes the final spot). Please see below to RSVP for this meeting.
The book is a treat; if you haven't read it before, the first sentence should be sufficient to whet your appetite: "Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874, on Campden Hill, Kensington; and baptised according to the formularies of the Church of England in the little church of St. George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge."
You can purchase the book online in various formats; if you want a physical copy, we'd urge you to pick one up from the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
Join the Society for our next monthly meeting where we discuss The Ballad of the White Horse, Chesterton's wonderful poem about a 9th century historical battle and the larger cosmic battle it represented.
You can find the poem online, but you may want to purchase a nice annotated edition from the American Chesterton Society. The Society also sells a digital download audio recording of the poem as read by the eminent Chesterton, Mr. Aidan Mackey. A final option is this other audio recording which you can get for free, recommended by our very own Mike K., a reading by Malcom Guite. In any case, you have plenty of options to get ready for the meeting which is right around the corner!
We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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