G.K. Chesterton – Author of Father Brown

March 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Mystery Writers

On May 29th 1874 Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Kensington, London. Chesterton wrote everything from journalism to poetry to fantasy. One of his best loved characters is that of Father Brown. Father Brown is a non descript quiet clergy man who has an uncanny ability to solve crimes. Altogether Father Brown appeared in 52 of Chesterton’s short stories.

Chesterton came from a middle class family, his father worked for an estate and auctioneer house. Gilbert attended St Paul’s School before entering the University College of London. He took classes in both illustration and literature but failed to get a degree in either. He dropped out and began to work for a publishing company. He stayed with this job until 1902 when he got his own weekly opinion column. He would continue to write this column for the “Daily News” and “The Illustrated London News” for the next thirty years. [Read More ...]