Gilbert Keith Chesterton ( 1874– 1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, poetry, biography and Christian apologetics, but today he is probably best remembered for his Father Brown short stories.
Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox." He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. For example: "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." He is one of the few Christian thinkers who are admired and quoted equally by liberal and conservative Christians, and indeed by many non-Christians. Chesterton's own theological and political views were far too nuanced to fit comfortably under the "liberal" or "conservative" banner.
Эссе Г.Честертона, изложенное, как всегда, в сатирическом, парадоксальном ключе. I cannot understand the people who take literature seriously; but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this book.” This is how Chesterton introduces his 1908 collection of essays called All Things Considered.