G.K. Chesterton

United Kingdom, 1874 - 1936

G.K. Chesterton published a large number of books (the Father Brown detective series among them), essays and columns for newspapers such as the Illustrated London News and the Daily News. As ‘prince of paradox’, he wrote humourous literary and social criticism, while his essays on economics, philosophy and theology were both loved and feared due to their critical character. Chesterton, who became a Roman Catholic at the end of his life, was opposed to all systems and isms, which he considered dangerous to the happiness of the common man.