A Brief Biography Of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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    Gilbert Keith Chesterton, more often referred to as just G.K., was born the son, grandson, and great-grandson, of house agents, or men who sold homes for a living. He was born in London, 1874, and was raised in a healthy, Christian home, which led to his clear worldview. He was a very intimidating man, at 6' 4" and weighing 300 pounds. Three aspects are attributed to Chesterton: he was a journalist, an author, and a man of great influence.
    At first, Chesterton had aspired to become an artist, so never went to college, but instead attended Slade Art School. However, he quickly realized that he would not be able to sustain himself as an artist. Instead, he looked for another means of work that he could still find enjoyment in, and he found it in writing. “...he (Chesterton) attended lectures on English literature at University College. A fellow student whose family controlled the publishing firm of Hodder & Stoughton gave him some art books to review in the firm’s monthly, The Boohman (Gilbert).” After writing for his friend and a couple of other newspapers, Chesterton landed a job at the Liberal based The Speaker, beginning his work as a professional journalist. From his first article to his death, Chesterton was constantly at work writing articles, whether it be for the newspaper he worked for, or the one his brother later owned. According to Dale Ahlquist, president and cofounder of the American Chesterton Society, “... He considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News.” This large portion of his work is what initially made him famous, because many came to respect him and his wisdom. To his death, Chesterton was a man of many words, for as Ahlquist says, “He said something about everything and he said it better than anybody else.”
    Within a few years, Chesterton had become a renowned journalist and essayist, commanding the respect of his many readers. He was intelligent, his work, “...marked by humility, consistency, paradox, wit, and wonder (Ahlquist).” As a result, it was not long before he began to release books to the public. His love for writing was so large, that he could not stop. Each one of his books that he published was a bestseller, each important in its own way. He released nine books between 1902 and 1908, and then became a machine in 1910, writing four books in that year alone, then four more in 1911, one of which, The Ballad of the White Horse, many claim to be his greatest work. From then on, it was never ending for Chesterton, between his many journals for the newspapers, and the constant stream of books he would publish every year. His wife became his secretary, as he had no idea how to manage time, and always got lost when traveling, often missing trains or going to the wrong place. Despite his great work at being an author, he still considered himself a...

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