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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on May 29, 1874, in London. He was educated at St. Paul’s and studied at the Slade School of Art. He was asked to review a number of books for the Bookman and, since then, became a columnist for several magazine and papers (The Speaker, Daily News, Illustrated London News, Eye Witness, New Witness, or his own G.K’s Weekly). Chesterton wrote with wit and irony about a wide range of topics from politics and economics to philosophy and theology. After a spiritual crisis, in 1901 he married Frances Blogg. In 1909 he moved with his wife to Beaconsfield. He converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1922. He was the President of the Distributist League (“The problem with capitalism is that there are not enough capitalists”). He died on June 14, 1936, in Beaconsfield.

Author of essays, novels, short stories, poetry, literary biographies, a few plays and an autobiography, he was one of the most prolific writers of his time. His most well-known books are the collection of short stories about the priest-detective Father Brown (The Innocence of Father Brown, 1911; The Wisdom of Father Brown, 1914; The Incredulity of Father Brown, 1926; The Secret of Father Brown, 1927; and The Scandal of Father Brown, 1935), and his novel The Man Who Was Thursday (available at Badosa.com). Other noteworthy fiction works by Chesterton are The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) and The Man Who Knew Too Much and Other Stories (1922).

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