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 (chĕs′tər-tən), Gilbert Keith 1874-1936.
British writer and critic known for his Roman Catholicism and his conservative political views. His works include essays, a series of detective stories featuring Father Brown, and volumes of criticism and polemics.
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(Biography) G(ilbert) K(eith). 1874–1936, English essayist, novelist, poet, and critic
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(ˈtʃɛs tər tən)

G(ilbert) K(eith), 1874–1936, English essayist, critic, and novelist.
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Noun1.Chesterton - conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasionChesterton - conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion; in addition to volumes of criticism and polemics he wrote detective novels featuring Father Brown (1874-1936)
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You have your Belloc, your Chesterton, your Bernard Shaw--why should you read De Quincey?"
"But I do read De Quincey," Ralph protested, "more than Belloc and Chesterton, anyhow."
Chesterton set the whole world laughing with a series of alleged non-partisan essays on the subject, and the whole affair, controversy and controversialists, was well-nigh swept into the pit by a thundering broadside from George Bernard Shaw.
Chesterton, Histon, Waterbeach, and Oakington have each been explored, and have each proved disappointing.
Synopsis: Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a rotund man in a cape brandishing a walking stick, a prolific twentieth-century writer, a great champion and defender of the Catholic Christian Faith.
In these lectures, Eliot, like Chesterton in his newspaper columns, is "concerned with illustrating the limiting and crippling effect of a separation from tradition and orthodoxy upon certain writers whom I nevertheless hold up for admiration for what they have attempted against great obstacles" (56).
CHESTERTON'S 1922 RECEPTION into the Roman Catholic Church took place after an extended, eventful process of conversion.
Chesterton has often been labelled a flippant, light, and amusing essayist; however, a further examination of his work reveals a deeper relationship between the forms he utilizes--often humorous and whimsical--and his subjects.
Chesterton's The Ballad of the White Horse began to hit the stalls in England.