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G.K. Chesterton
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    (May 29, 1874-June 14, 1936)
    Birth name was Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    Created the Father Brown mystery series
    Wrote 'Greybeards At Play (1900),' 'The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904),' 'The Man Who Was Thursday (1908),' 'Orthodoxy (1909),' 'The Barbarism of Berlin (1914),' 'The Everlasting Man (1925),' 'Takes of the Long Bow (1925),' 'Sidelights of New London (1932)' and 'Newer York (1932)'
    He was obese, weighing about 400 pounds.
    When he died, his coffin was too big to get down the stairs, so they had to drop it out a window.
    He didn't learn to read until he was eight.
    He dropped out of college.
    He had a high, feminine voice.
    He was a scatterbrain.
    He was late for his own wedding, because he stopped at a dairy to try the milk.
    Although he wrote novels, biographies, works on religion and politics, and poetry, he's best remembered for his bitchy quips.
    When he was a little kid, his teacher said to him: 'If we opened your head, we should not find brain, but only a lump of white fat' (ouch).
    Despite being a lousy student, he became a very successful author.
    His works inspired Gandhi, Michael Collins and C. S. Lewis.
    He was a talented painter.
    He loved making fun of himself.
    When he got stuck in a car, and his chauffeur told him to try getting out sideways, he replied: 'I have no sideways.'
    The food critic on 'Frasier' was named for him.

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