Introducing…The Non-Fiction Collection!
In my quest to read the books that inspired my favorite authors, I’ve come across a ton of valuable, older non-fiction. For months I’ve been throwing around the idea of including non-fiction in my Out of Print Collection, but then I figured – Hey, why not create a brand new collection exclusively for non-fiction?? So that’s what I’m doing.
The Non-Fiction Collection by Sweet Sequels is a collection of notable works of non-fiction published pre-1930s. Selection ranges from philosophical and religious works, to histories, biographies, and nature guides.
My first book in this new collection is coming to the shop on Sunday (tomorrow!!), May 1st at 2pm CST:
What’s Wrong With the World by GK Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874 – June 14, 1936) was a man of many faces. At face value, an author; but in the folds, a philosopher; a literary, art, and social critic; a Catholic theologian; a writer of mysteries; a historian; a debater; a poet; an apologist. He wrote around 80 books, several hundred poems, around 200 short stories, 4,000 essays, and several plays. He is often referred to as the “prince of paradox,” thanks to his propensity to take popular sayings, proverbs, and allegories and turn them on their heads.
G.K. Chesterton has influenced many great men in his life, notably J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. His greatest works include his Father Brown detective stories, novel The Man Who Was Thursday, and theological works Heretics and Orthodoxy.
In What’s Wrong With the World, Chesterton tackles controversial topics such as education, big government, big business, feminism, and more. Written over a century ago, Chesterton was somehow able to paint an accurate picture of the world today, making this treatise still immensely relevant. The author potently opposes materialism, snobbery, hypocrisy, and adversaries to freedom and simplicity in modern society. This book is a compilation of Chesterton’s essays that he had contributed to newspapers over his lifetime.
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
“There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past.”
“Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.”
“Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.”