About the Author
English novelist, poet, essayist and critic recognized for his virtuoso, dynamic, and humorous style, in spite of holding contentious stances. In the late 1890s Chesterton co-established a journal with his friend Hilaire Belloc to expound their conservative points of view. Chesterton converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922, and many of his works, are in defense of Roman Catholicism and its convention. He major publications include The Wild Knight and Greybeards at Play (1900), books of literary criticism, such as Robert Browning (1903), Charles Dickens (1906), and George Bernard Shaw (1909), Orthodoxy (1909), St. Francis of Assisi (1923), St. Thomas Aquinas (1933), The Defendant (1901) and What's Wrong With the World (1910), The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908), and a series of detective stories relating the adventures of Father Brown, a good-natured Roman Catholic sleuth.