Chesterton credited Frances with leading him back to Anglicanism, though he later considered Anglicanism to be a "pale imitation".
He entered full communion with the Catholic Church in 1922. During this period he also undertook his first journalistic work, as a freelance art and literary critic.
He had planned to become an artist, and his writing shows a vision that clothed abstract ideas in concrete and memorable images.
Although rarely in agreement, they both maintained good will toward and respect for each other.
K.'s Weekly; he also wrote articles for the Encyclopædia Britannica, including the entry on Charles Dickens and part of the entry on Humour in the 14th edition (1929).
His best-known character is the priest-detective Father Brown, who appeared only in short stories, while The Man Who Was Thursday is arguably his best-known novel.
Chesterton's writing has been seen by some analysts as combining two earlier strands in English literature. Another is represented by Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, whom Chesterton knew well: satirists and social commentators following in the tradition of Samuel Butler, vigorously wielding paradox as a weapon against complacent acceptance of the conventional view of things.
Chesterton's style and thinking were all his own, however, and his conclusions were often opposed to those of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.