Fun Facts Friday: G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton (29 May, 1874 – 14 June, 1936) was an English writer, theologian, critic, and philosopher. Mr. Chesterton’s most famous creating is the priest-detective Father Brown.

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  1. He was born as Gilbert Keith Chesterton in Campden Hill, Kensington, an affluent district of London, England.
  2. Mr. Chesterton was educated at St. Paul’s, selective independent school for boys aged 13–18, but never attended college. Instead he went to art school, where he started to write criticism.
  3. Mr. Chesterton wrote about 80 books, over 2,000 poems, around 200 short stories, 4,000 essays and columns, as well as several plays.
  4. Despite his enormous portfolio, Mr. Chesterton considered himself first and foremost a journalist.
  5. In 1901 He married Frances Alice Blogg, a writer by her own right, who worked as his manager encouraging his writings, appointments, accounts and negotiations with publishers.
  6. Mr. Chesterton was a big guy, standing 6’4”, weighing around 290 lbs.  and embraced it with wit and cynicism. One story goes that he told his friend , Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, that “To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England”, Shaw appropriately replied that “To look at you, anyone would think you had caused it.”
  7. From 1932 until his death Mr. Chesterton gave a series of 40 popular talks per year on BBC Radio.
  8. Shortly before his death, Pope Pius XI made him Knight Commander with Star of the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great.
  9. Mr. Chesterton passed away of congestive heart failure.
  10. One of the writer’s nicknames was “the prince of paradox”.

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