G.K. Chesterton





G.K. Chesterton


Born
in Kensington, London, The United Kingdom
May 29, 1874

Died
June 14, 1936

Genre

Influences


Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of w ...more

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“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
G.K. Chesterton

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
G.K. Chesterton

Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  27 votes, 20.5%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 15.9%

 
  12 votes, 9.1%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.6%

 
  9 votes, 6.8%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.1%

 
  8 votes, 6.1%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.3%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  5 votes, 3.8%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.0%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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