G.K. Chesterton


Born
in Kensington, London, England
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 ...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

August 2017 New School Classic Poll

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982, 295 pgs
 
  47 votes, 14.4%

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925, 255 pgs
 
  33 votes, 10.1%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969, 448 pgs
 
  31 votes, 9.5%

 
  29 votes, 8.9%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  27 votes, 8.3%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 1939, 231 pgs
 
  24 votes, 7.4%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 1932, 381 pgs
 
  22 votes, 6.7%

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 1995, 216 pgs
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 1956, 384 pgs
 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 1923, 127 pgs
 
  14 votes, 4.3%

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, 1977, 337 pgs
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  9 votes, 2.8%

 
  6 votes, 1.8%

Watchers of the Sky by Alfred Noyes, 1922, 120 pgs
 
  4 votes, 1.2%

Soldiers' Pay by William Faulkner, 1926, 265 pgs
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis, 1927, 352 pgs
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

Manalive by G.K. Chesterton, 1912, 160 pgs
 
  2 votes, 0.6%

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