G.K. Chesterton

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G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1909) was an English poet, journalist, orator, theologian, and art critic, referred to as "the prince of paradox." He attended the Slade School of Art, but chose to represent his abstract imagery in concrete ideas on paper, rather than on canvas. He was also a skilled debater, engaging in many public disputes with the likes of George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, and Clarence Darrow. I'm guessing he just might have put our contemporary political pundits to shame... His essay on H.G. Wells is featured in our collection of Dystopian Stories.

Chesterton had a lot of criticism for both ends of the political spectrum: progressives and conservatives. His literary style imbued popular sayings, proverbs, allegories, which he then turned inside-out. We feature some interesting essays from his collection, What I Saw in America (1922). Chesterton's essay The Fallacy of Success in his book All Things Considered (1915) is studied by many high school students. Chesterton also wrote, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study in 1906. Other notable works include Orthodoxy (1908) and The Everlasting Man (1925).

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