Thursday, May 29, 2008

Happy birthday, G. K. Chesterton; T. H. White.

Father Brown creator and all-around man of letters Gilbert Keith Chesterton (seen at left) was born today in London in 1874. The Library of Congress has an online exhibit of photographs from the Chicago Daily News, including a fetching image of Chesterton at a Chicago train station in 1921. The 27th annual Chesterton conference in June will focus on his work Orthodoxy (1908).

And T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King, was born today in Bombay, India, in 1906. White also wrote a little-known detective novel, Darkness at Pemberley (1932; rpt. 1978).

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