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G. K. Chesterton: A Biography

Ian Ker


G. K. Chesterton is remembered as a brilliant creator of nonsense and satirical verse, author of the Father Brown stories and the innovative novel, The Man who was Thursday, and yet today he is not counted among the major English novelists and poets. However, this biography argues that Chesterton should be seen as the successor of the great Victorian prose writers, Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, and above all John Henry Newman. Chesterton's achievement as one of the great English literary critics has not hitherto been fully recognized, perhaps because his best literary criticism ... More

Keywords: prose, G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown stories, biography, literary critics, Christianity, Catholicism, Charles Dickens, anti-Catholicism, literary criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601288
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199601288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Ker, author
Theology Faculty, University of Oxford