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The Man of Letters as Defender of the Faith, 1903–4: Robert Browning; Blatchford I; The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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/9780199582013.003.0007
The Man of Letters as Defender of the Faith, 1903–4: Robert Browning; Blatchford I; The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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This chapter focuses on Chesterton's life and works from 1903–4. Following the publication of his biography of Robert Browning in 1903, Chesterton entered, in the words of the anonymous reviewer of Vanity Fair, ‘a new phase of his career as a writer’; he now belonged, the reviewer pronounced, ‘to the men of letters as apart from the journalists’. It also became clear that Chesterton's own ideas about religion had moved on and that they had become both more corporate and more doctrinal than Robert Browning reflects. By the end of the 1903 this was to become strikingly apparent in his engagement in a vigorous public controversy over the integrity of the Christian religion, an episode which had probably become an increasingly inevitable outcome of his intellectual history during the previous three years.

Keywords: Chesterton; writing; Robert Browning; biography; Christianity

Chapter.  19360 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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