With around 80 books, several hundred poems and 200 short stories to his credit, Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a prolific writer. Let's learn more about him…
Gilbert Keith Chesterton's career as a storyteller began when he dictated a story to his aunt Rose. Chesterton began writing at a very young age and went on to become one the greatest detective story writers English literature ever saw. The writer remained true to the unspoken rule of detective writing — the reader and the sleuth should have an equal chance of finding out who the culprit is. Let's find out more about the author.
The man that was Chesterton
At 6'4'', Chesterton was, supposedly, a formidable figure to look at. But, once he spoke, the dread went away with the quick-witted words that gushed out of his mouth. To call him just a witty speaker is a disservice to the man. He was a theologian, journalist and literary critic who gave the world the most sympathetic detective — Father Brown. G.K. Chesterton was born on May 29, 1874 in London and completed his education from the University College there. He married Frances Blogg in 1901. He was writing a weekly column for the Daily News when he was given a column at The Illustrated London News , which he went on to do for 30 years. From 1932 till his death, Chesterton also gave radio talks at the BBC. He wrote about 80 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories and several plays. Critics have hailed The Man who was Thursday as his best book. The man with the boisterous pen breathed his last in 1936 but left us with his jocularity.
Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
— Father Brown, The Hammer of God
Have you ever noticed this — that people never answer what you say? They answer what you mean — or what they think you mean.
— Father Brown, The Invisible Man
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
— G.K. Chesterton
All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.