Article Category: Obituaries
The distinguished Chesterton biographer and editor, Denis J. Conlon, died on May 7, 2020 at the age of 88. Nancy Brown recalls the range and importance of his contributions to Chesterton scholarship.
The well-known English author and Chesterton biographer, William Oddie, is remembered by Francis Phillips as a “large personality in Catholic journalistic circles”. Oddie served as editor of the London “Catholic Herald” from 1998 to 2004.
The late Australian author and broadcaster Clive James said of Chesterton that he “wrote a lot faster than most of us can read.” Karl Schmude reflects on James’ admiration of Chesterton.
While it is improbable that Chesterton and the late Australian poet, Bruce Dawe, were known to each other, as Dawe was only 6 years old when Chesterton died in 1936, they had much in common, especially a powerful poetic imagination and a moral vision of ordinary life that prized the most vulnerable human beings.
A notable Chesterton scholar, John Coates, died in England in 2020 at the age of 76. This tribute to his work highlights several of the significant insights in his definitive study, Chesterton and the Edwardian Cultural Crisis (1984).