For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow!

Happy Birthday, GKC!

On this date, May 29th, 1874, Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Campden Hill, Kensington, London, to parents Edward and Marie Grosjean.

Marie’s family had longImage been English, but had originally come from French Switzerland. The Chestertons had three children, Gilbert, Cecil, five years his junior, and Beatrice, who died in childhood.

Gilbert’s father distinguished between living and making a living: a successful businessman, he had a dozen hobbies, not the least of them the making of a toy-theatre, and he was widely read, especially in English literature.

A happy childhood in a happy home laid the foundation for Gilbert’s sane and sensible outlook on life. As a little boy he read fairy tales; as a big boy he wrote and illustrated them, some of which are preserved in his book The Coloured Lands. Gilbert first attended Colet Court School, entering St. Paul’s as a day student when he was twelve. The reports on him for his six years there (1887-92) were that he was a good boy but an indifferent student, a dreamer, interested chiefly in drawing and English literature.

Taken from: www.catholicauthors.com/chesterton.html

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