Thu, 19 September 2019
Summary of today’s episode: Chesterton from age 20 to 30, Chesterton had a dark night of the soul, ending in a glorious vision of God where he talked to God face to face. His vision resulted in a new gratitude towards life, a sense of wonder and joy that would essentially never leave him again. He began his writing career, met the love of his life and married her, and began writing notable columns in the papers that made him a household name. He was commissioned to write a biography of Robert Browning (poet and playright, husband of Elizabeth Barret Browning) and then wrote a book on painter and sculptor G.F. Watts. He is a rising star in the firmament of London.
If you have questions or comments, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org Obviously, I’m skimming over and trying to pick highlights. There’s much, much more in the biographies about each stage of Chesterton’s life. I recommend reading a biography or two, I’ve used six biographies to write this, including:
Maisie Ward’s G.K. Chesterton and Return to Chesterton
Joseph Pearce’s book: Wisdom and Innocence.
Denis Conlon’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A Reappraisal
William Oddie’s book: Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy
Ian Ker’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A Biography
Fr. Ker’s talk in London: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chesterton-and-humour-a-talk-by-fr-ian-ker-tickets-69985936821