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The Man with the Golden Key, 1874–83

William Oddie

in Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582013
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582013.003.0002
The Man with the Golden Key, 1874–83

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This chapter details Chesterton's childhood years. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on 29 May 1874, in Sheffield Terrace, Campden Hill. The Chesterton home was a magical place for a child to grow up in; and at the centre of it all was the benign and amazingly diverse creativity of his father, Edward Chesterton. On special occasions, Edward would hang up fairy lamps in the garden. ‘His den or study’, remembered Gilbert, ‘was piled high with the stratified layers of about ten or twelve creative amusements; water-colour painting and modelling and photography and stained glass and fretwork and magic lanterns and mediaeval illumination’. Gilbert in later life thought of himself as a bohemian, and this is probably as good a description of his parents as any.

Keywords: Chesterton; Edward Chesterton; childhood; family life

Chapter.  11592 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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