G. K. Chesterton

1874 - 1936

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English author, philosopher, Christian apologist, and literary and art critic. Chesterton created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and wrote on apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of G. K. Chesterton has received more than 4,670,985 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). G. K. Chesterton is the 497th most popular writer (down from 421st in 2019), the 348th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 326th in 2019) and the 37th most popular British Writer.

G. K. Chesterton is most famous for his detective stories, his essays, and his poetry.

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  • 67

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  • 5.23

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  • 4.89

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

The Wisdom of Father Brown
The Man Who Was Thursday


Among writers, G. K. Chesterton ranks 497 out of 7,302Before him are Ludvig Holberg, Alessandro Manzoni, Eugene O'Neill, Muhammad Iqbal, Patricia Highsmith, and George R. R. Martin. After him are Christopher Marlowe, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Henri Barbusse, Gérard de Nerval, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Thomas Paine.

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Among people born in 1874, G. K. Chesterton ranks 20Before him are Alexander Kolchak, António Egas Moniz, Carl Bosch, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sunjong of Korea, and Nikolai Berdyaev. After him are Talaat Pasha, W. Somerset Maugham, August Krogh, Karl Kraus, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Ernest Shackleton. Among people deceased in 1936, G. K. Chesterton ranks 20Before him are Fuad I of Egypt, Grazia Deledda, Eleftherios Venizelos, Miguel de Unamuno, Albert Fish, and Elsa Einstein. After him are Premchand, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Louis Blériot, Buenaventura Durruti, Ottorino Respighi, and Hans von Seeckt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, G. K. Chesterton ranks 348 out of 8,785Before him are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), David Beckham (1975), Malcolm McDowell (1943), Chaim Herzog (1918), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), and William Henry Bragg (1862). After him are Angela Lansbury (1925), Christopher Marlowe (1564), Alan Bates (1934), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Thomas Paine (1737), and Emma Thompson (1959).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, G. K. Chesterton ranks 37Before him are Ian Fleming (1908), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), John Keats (1795), Graham Greene (1904), John Galsworthy (1867), and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828). After him are Christopher Marlowe (1564), Thomas Paine (1737), Philip Larkin (1922), Anthony Burgess (1917), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), and Harold Pinter (1930).