May 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, G. K. Chesterton

Happy birthday to G. K. Chesterton, born May 29, 1874, author of the Father Brown stories, and The Man Who Was Thursday, as well as works of philosophy, literary criticism, history, and social critique, many of which few people read any more. Get re-acquainted with him by visiting these sites:

The American Chesterton Society
G. K. Chesterton's Works on the Web (compiled by Martin Ward)
The Literature Network


Barker, Dudley, G. K. Chesterton: A Biography (NY: Stein and Day, 1973).

Benstock, Bernard, and Thomas F. Staley, British Mystery Writers, 1860-1919 (Detroit: Gale, 1988).

Chesterton, G. K., The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton (NY: Sheed and Ward, 1936).

Dale, Alzina Stone, The Art of G. K. Chesterton (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1985).
Ffinch, Michael, G. K. Chesterton (London: Leidenfeld and Nicholson, 1986).

Hollis, Christopher, G. K. Chesterton (London: Longmans, Green, 1950).

The Father Brown stories have been filmed numerous times in English, in German, and in Italian. Some of the more famous versions include the one with Alec Guinness for the big screen (1954), and for television with Kenneth More (1974). The Kenneth More version is available on DVD from Acorn Media. The American actor Barnard Hughes also played Father Brown in a tv movie, Sanctuary of Fear (1979).

1 comment:

Bob Cook said...

Wasn't he born in 1874? A typo, no doubt. And for other Chestertonians, don't forget the upcoming Chesterton Conference, 100Years of Trifles, to be held Aug 6-8 in Seattle, WA.