Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Campden hill, Kensington on May 29th 1874. Originally after attending St Pauls School
he went to Slade to learn the illustrators art and literature. In 1896 he joined a small London publisher and began his
journalistic career as a freelance art and literary critic. In 1901 he married Frances Blogg, to whom he remained married
for the rest of his life. Thereafter he obtained weekly columns in the Daily News and The Illustrated London News. For many
he is known as a very fine novelist and the creator of the Father Brown Detective stories which were much influenced by his
own beliefs. A large man - 6' 42 and 21st in weight he was apt to be forgetful in that delightful way that the British sometimes
are - a telegram home to his wife saying he was in one place but where should he actually be. But he was prolific in many
other areas; he wrote plays, essays, loved to debate and wrote hundreds of poems. This volume is the classic 'Manalive'.
Chesterton died of congestive heart failure on 14th June 1936 and is buried in Beaconsfield just outside of London.