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Chesterton and the Romance of OrthodoxyThe Making of GKC, 1874-1908$
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William Oddie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582013.001.0001

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School Days: St Paul's and the JDC, 1883–92

School Days: St Paul's and the JDC, 1883–92

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(p.43) 2 School Days: St Paul's and the JDC, 1883–92
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Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy
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William Oddie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582013.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Chesterton's school days. It is uncertain when these began. When, later, he went on to St Paul's School, he was in the same class as boys who were mostly one or two years his junior: this may indicate that it was later than was normal — perhaps when he was around nine years old — that he was sent to Colet House. While in school, Gilbert showed resistance to being taught by others despite his fascination with the world of books and interest in ideas. In his 16th year he founded the Junior Debating Club together with his two closest friends, an event of crucial importance to his intellectual development.

Keywords:   Chesterton, friends, St Paul's, school days, Junior Debating Club

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