29 May 1874 A.D. G.K. Chesterton Born
No author. “Discover Chesterton.” American
Chesterton Society. N.d. http://www.chesterton.org/category/discover-chesterton/. Accessed 30 Jul 2014.
Why the Interest
in G.K. Chesterton?
Chesterton Society works tirelessly to promote the writings and thought of G.K.
Chesterton, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. A convert to the
Catholic Church, Chesterton wrote nearly a hundred books during his lifetime,
and literally thousands of essays, in newspapers and magazines.
For newcomers to
this website and to G.K. Chesterton, what is all the fuss about?
All the issues
we struggle with in the 21st century, Chesterton foresaw, and wrote about, in
the early 20th century. Social injustice, the culture of death, statism,
assaults on religion, and attacks on the family and on the dignity of the human
person: Chesterton saw where these trends, already active in his time, would
lead us. He was a witty, intelligent, and insightful defender of the poor, the
downtrodden, the weak, and especially of the family. He loved good beer, good
wine, and good cigars. He wrote in just about every genre: history, biography,
novels, poetry, short stories, apologetics and theology, economic works, and
As a literary
critic, Chesterton was without parallel. His biography of Charles Dickens is
credited with sparking the Dickens revival in London in the early 20th century.
His biography of St. Thomas Aquinas was called the best book on St. Thomas ever
written, by no less than Etienne Gilson, the 20th century’s greatest Thomistic
scholar. His books Orthodoxy
and The Everlasting Man
are considered the 20th century’s finest works of Christian and Catholic
apologetics. And audiences still delight in the adventures of Chesterton’s
priest sleuth, Father Brown, as well as such timeless novels as The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill,
Despite his huge
book output, Chesterton considered himself to be primarily a journalist. During
his lifetime, he published literally thousands of essays in newspapers and
journals on both sides of the Atlantic,
including the Illustrated London
News, the Daily News,
his own newspaper, G.K’s Weekly,
and the New York American.
These essays are as fresh, invigorating, and relevant today as when they were
lectures, research, an annual conference, a TV series on EWTN, and of course Gilbert, the American
Chesterton Society works to promote Chesterton scholarship and to introduce
Chesterton to people across the country and around the world. Recent projects
include film adaptations of the Father Brown mystery “The Honor of Israel Gow,”
a movie adaptation of Chesterton’s novel Manalive,
and, in cooperation with the Chesterton Society in England, research into
Chesterton’s sanctity with the goal of opening his Cause for sainthood. Yes,
sainthood. Nearly three hundred converts to the Catholic Church (and counting!)
credit their conversions to reading G.K. Chesterton.
information on G.K. Chesterton’s life and work, read Who is this guy and why haven’t I heard of him?, by Dale Ahlquist.