Beginning the Journey around the World, 1894–9

William Oddie

in Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582013
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702303 | DOI:
Beginning the Journey around the World, 1894–9

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This chapter focuses on Chesterton's life from 1894–9. Chesterton finally emerged from his periodic depressions two years after leaving St Paul's School. In the springtime of 1894 his mood was one of determined optimism about the future. But after only one year at the Slade School of Art, Chesterton brought his studies there abruptly to an end, thus changing the direction, not only of his university years, but of his whole life. The decision to bring his time at the Slade so abruptly to an end was attributed to his desire to escape from the prevailing intellectual atmosphere there, and particularly from current theories of art — particularly those surrounding Impressionism — which he thought led ‘to the metaphysical suggestion that things only exist as we perceive them, or that things do not exist at all’; this was a notion which he unquestionably saw as contributing to the ‘mood of unreality and sterile isolation that settled at this time upon [him]’.

Keywords: Chesterton; depression; Slade School of Art; Impressionism; studies

Chapter.  18687 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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