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G K Chesterton - Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England on the 29th of May, 1874. He was a prolific and gifted writer in virtually every area of literature. A man of strong opinions and enormously talented at defending them, his exuberant personality nevertheless allowed him to maintain warm friendships with people. He was one of the few journalists to oppose the Boer War. Though not written for a scholarly audience, his biographies of authors and historical figures like Charles Dickens and St. Francis of Assisi often contain brilliant insights into their subjects. His "Father Brown" mystery stories, written between 1911 and 1936, are still being read and adapted for television. Along with his friend Hilaire Belloc and in books like the 1910 What's Wrong with the World he advocated a view called "Distributism" that is best summed up by his expression that every man ought to be allowed to own "three acres and a cow." Though not known as a political thinker, his political influence has circled the world. A fun-loving and gregarious man, he was nevertheless troubled in his adolescence by thoughts of suicide. During his life he published 69 books and at least another ten have been published after his death. Many of those books are still in print.

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