Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 is the first volume of the most comprehensive biography of Chesterton ever to appear.
The first major biographical study to draw on the material from the newly released archive of Chesterton Papers held by the British Library contains a wealth of new source material on this enigmatic man of letters. Oddie’s book draws on journalistic writings that have been largely unexplored until now and sets Chesterton’s spiritual development in the context of his notebooks and letters. William Oddie has brought together previously unpublished material to provide insight into Chesterton’s spiritual formation. In the process, he methodically dispels many of the unsavory rumors about GKC that have been carelessly bandied about for years. Any serious student of Chesterton must read this book. Highly recommended by the American Chesterton Society.