New Chesterton biography

January 29, 2009

It was not so long ago that I wrote about Maisie Ward’s famous biography of G.K. Chesterton.  Since that book was published in 1943 there have been numerous biographies and studies of his life, and now I see that a new one has appeared.  Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908 by William Oddie was published last month by Oxford University Press.  It is a study of Chesterton’s early life up to the publication of Orthodoxy in 1908, when he was 34 years old.  The reviews that I have found have been positive (The Tablet; The Catholic Herald).  Anyone read it? I wonder if this is a single volume project, or whether we can expect another volume on his later life?

I also notice that the author has written a riposte to that New Yorker piece by Adam Gopnik that charged GKC with being an anti-Semite.

Update: another review in the Times Literary Supplement.

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