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.
In his book Heretics, Chesterton has this to say of Wilde: "The same lesson [of the pessimistic pleasure-seeker] was taught by the very powerful and very desolate philosophy of Oscar Wilde.
It is the carpe diem religion; but the carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people.
He was a convinced Christian long before he was received into the Catholic Church, and Christian themes and symbolism appear in much of his writing.
In the United States, his writings on distributism were popularised through The American Review, published by Seward Collins in New York.
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).
Many a man I've known started like you to be an honest outlaw, a merry robber of the rich, and ended stamped into slime." Chesterton was a large man, standing 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighing around 20 stone 6 pounds (130 kg; 286 lb). During the First World War a lady in London asked why he was not "out at the Front"; he replied, "If you go round to the side, you will see that I am." On another occasion he remarked to his friend George Bernard Shaw, "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England." Shaw retorted, "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it." Chesterton usually wore a cape and a crumpled hat, with a swordstick in hand, and a cigar hanging out of his mouth.The Slade is a department of University College London, where Chesterton also took classes in literature, but did not complete a degree in either subject.Chesterton married Frances Blogg in 1901; the marriage lasted the rest of his life.However, in his writing, Chesterton expressed himself very plainly on where they differed and why.In Heretics he writes of Shaw: After belabouring a great many people for a great many years for being unprogressive, Mr.