G. K. Chesterton

English mystery novelist and Christian apologist

1874   -   1936

genre: fantasy literature
country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
educated at: University College London, Slade School of Fine Art, St. Paul's School
occupation: journalist, poet, novelist, autobiographer, writer, screenwriter, philosopher, biographer, illustrator, detective writer
award received: Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, his "friendly enemy", said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.
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