Gilbert Keith Chesterton began his studies in illustration at the Slade School of art and in literature at University College, both in London. However, he eventually gave up on both degrees. In 1896 he began working for two publishing houses in London and started freelancing as an art critic. He also illustrated for his friend and fellow writer, Hilaire Belloc. Chesterton was married in 1901, and in 1902 he landed a column in The Daily News. Three years later, in 1905, he started a column in The Illustrated London News that he continued writing for three decades. Chesterton was remarkably prolific, writing thousands of essays, hundreds of short stories and poems, and scores of books. The surprising, clever, and light-hearted nature of his writing often seemed at odds with his staunch catholic faith, earning him the nickname, the "prince of paradox."
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Patrick Madden's New Book
Quotidiana site founder Patrick Madden has just published a book of his own personal essays, including pieces formerly published in the Best American Spiritual Writing and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies.
If you enjoy the classical essays on this site, you'll enjoy these contemporary ruminations as well. Soon there'll be a web page here with further information, but for now, you can find out more (and perhaps purchase a copy) at Amazon.com.
"Patrick Madden is an essayist of verve, passion, wit, and dependable moral compass. Quotidiana drew me in powerfully, from page to page and from pleasure to pleasure." —Ian Frazier
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Quotidiana is an online anthology of "classical" essays, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. All essays and images are in the public domain. Commentaries are copyrighted, but may be used with proper attribution. Special thanks to the BYU College of Humanities and English Department for funding, and to Joey Franklin and Lara Burton, for tireless research assisting.