The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

by G.K. Chesterton
illustrated by John Murphy

“We do not only want to upset a few despotisms and police regulations; that sort of anarchism does exist, but it is a mere branch of the Noncomformists. We dig deeper and we blow you higher. We wish to deny all those arbitrary distinctions of vice and virtue, honour and treachery, upon which mere rebels base themselves. The silly sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate Rights as we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong…”

–from The Man Who Was Thursday

Originally published in 1908, G.K. Chesterton’s nightmare-fantasy of Police vs. Dynamiters, Law vs. Anarchy, and Religion vs. Nihilism has influenced writers as diverse as Franz Kafka and C.S. Lewis, and remains as exuberant and imaginative, as original and prophetic as when it first appeared.

This wonderful new Idylls Press edition of a Catholic fiction classic contains imaginative and original full-page and chapter-icon illustrations created by talented young writer and illustrator, John Murphy. (See samples below.)

about G.K. Chesterton
about the illustrator, John Murphy