1874 Born May 29

1881 Family moves to new home at Number 11, Warwick Gardens, Kensington

1887 Enrolls as a day student at St. Paul's Preparatory School
Begins writing and sketching in journals

1892 Enters Slade School of Art and University College

1893 Experiences metaphysical crisis

1895 Leaves college without a degree, takes job at publishing firm

1896 Meets, falls in love with Frances Blogg

1900 Meets Hilaire Belloc

1901 Marries Frances Blogg

1904 Declines chair of literature at Birmingham University Meets John O'Connor, model for Father Brown


1891-3 Contributions to The Debater, the informal organ of the Junior Debating Club

1892 Short piece, "The Song of Labour," in The Speaker

1899 Begins to write for London's Daily News

1900 Poetry, Greybeards at Play and The Wild Knight and Other Poems

1901 Begins regular Saturday column for Daily News

1903 Commissioned to write "English Men of Letters" series, including biographies of Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Leo Tolstoy, Thackeray, and Tennyson

1903-4 Debates Robert Blatchford in pages of The Clarion

1904 Novel, The Napoleon of Notting Hill


1905 Accepts invitation to preach at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden
Enters 30-year public debate with George Bernard Shaw

1909 Friend Maurice Baring becomes a Roman Catholic

1912 Begins to build "Top Meadow," a studio that eventually becomes the Chesterton home

1913 Younger brother, Cecil, becomes a Roman Catholic

1914 Falls seriously ill

1918 Cecil dies in war

1919-20 Travels with Frances to Jerusalem, the Continent, and North America


1905 Apologetics, Heretics Story collection, The Club of Queer Trades
Begins weekly articles for The Illustrated London news

1906 Biography, Charles Dickens

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