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G. K. ChestertonA Biography$
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Ian Ker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199601288.001.0001

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America and Conversion

America and Conversion

(p.427) 11 America and Conversion
G. K. Chesterton

Ian Ker

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on G. K. Chesterton's travel to America in 1921 with his wife Frances and his conversion to Catholicism a year later. It first considers Chesterton's reaction to Herbert Samuel's appointment in June 1920 as High Commissioner in Palestine and the financial difficulties experienced by his paper, New Witness. It then looks at the letters written by Chesterton to various people, including Maurice Baring. It also examines Chesterton's views on Anglicanism and concludes by discussing his conversion to Catholicism.

Keywords:   Catholic conversion, G. K. Chesterton, America, Frances Chesterton, Catholicism, Herbert Samuel, New Witness, letters, Maurice Baring, Anglicanism

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