G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (May 29, 1874-June 14, 1936) English author, poet, dramatist, journalist, and Christian apologist, was best known during his life for his witty and spirited essays on a vast range of topics. George Bernard Shaw, a contemporary and somewhat of a rival, called Chesterton a "colossal genius." Today, however, it is his skill as a novelist and literary critic that makes him a must read. His works also include celebrated short stories, including detective stories.