Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born 29 May in 1874, in England. Born into a middle-class family, his father enjoyed various hobbies and had a keen interest in English literature. As a teenager Chesterton’s primary interests were drawing and literature, including the writing of a personal journal, which he wrote in sporadically. By the age of 32, he had achieved celebrity status. His style of dress, was unconventional. His trademark style was wearing a wide brimmed hat, a flowing coat and carrying a walking stick.
He prided himself in his work as a writer. Chesterton’s career, which was broad, included his work as a journalist, author, and essayist. His interests and knowledge were kept fresh all his working life. Some of his journalism work included writing for the Daily News as a columnist and his paper the “G.K.Weekly.” His work was also widely published in journals, during that time.
Some of his critical work is excellent, which included Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens, 1911. It is available as a free ebook on the University of Adelaide website. For study purposes, the ebook about Dickens is excellent and well worth reading.
G. K. Chesterton wrote 80 novels, 100’s of short stories and over 4000 essays, some of which are lost.
His fictional character Father Brown, the priest-detective stories, are enjoying a renewal and are currently being remade into a TV Series by the BBC. The episodes are aired on Australian TV by the ABC; the series is available to watch on the internet app ABC iview regularly. (Just check availability as it is frequently changed)
For further reading of his work, free ebooks are available at the webpage;
G.K. Chesterton by the University of Adelaide.