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G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton: (Gilbert Keith Chesterton), 1874–1936, English author. Conservative, even reactionary, in his thinking, Chesterton was a convert (1922) to Roman Catholicism and its champion. He has been called the "prince of paradox" because his dogma is often hidden beneath a light, energetic, and whimsical style. A prolific writer, Chesterton wrote studies of Browning (1903) and Dickens (1906); several novels including The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) and The Man Who Was Thursday (1908); a noted series of crime stories featuring Father Brown as detective; many poems, collected in 1927; and his famous essays, collected in Tremendous Trifles (1909), Come to Think of It (1930), and other volumes. He was the editor of G. K.'s Weekly, an organ of the Distributist League, which advocated the small-holding system. An amusing artist, he illustrated books by Hilaire Belloc, his friend and collaborator.

See his autobiography (1936); the Ignatius Press edition of his complete works (1990–); biographies by D. Barker (1973), M. Ffinch (1986), and I. Ker (2011); studies by C. Hollis (1970), J. West (1915, repr. 1973), A. S. Dale (1985), and Q. Lauer (1988).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton.
Sheed & Ward, 1936
FREE! The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
Transaction Publishers, 1908
FREE! The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton; Will F. Foster.
John Lane, 1911
G. K. Chesterton: Philosopher without Portfolio
Quentin S. J. Lauer.
Fordham University Press, 1988
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Maisie E. Ward.
Sheed & Ward, 1944
Chesterton, Man and Mask
Garry Wills.
Sheed and Ward, 1961
To Hell with Culture: Anarchism and Twentieth-Century British Literature
H. Gustav Klaus; Stephen Knight.
University of Wales Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Identifying Anarchy in G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday"
To Promote, Defend, and Redeem: The Catholic Literary Revival and the Cultural Transformation of American Catholicism, 1920-1960
Arnold Sparr; Henry Warner Bowden.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Chesterton and Orthodoxy" begins on pg. 71
War and the Illiberal Conscience
Christopher Coker.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "G. K. Chesterton and the English Tradition"
Scrutinies by Various Writers
Edgell Rickword.
Wishart & Company, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "G. K. Chesterton"
Writers and Philosophers: A Sourcebook of Philosophical Influences on Literature
Edmund J. Thomas; Eugene G. Miller.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Chesterton, G. K." begins on pg. 174
Charles Dickens: The Last of the Great Men
G. K. Chesterton.
Press of the Readers Club, 1942
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