Magazine October 4, 2010, Issue

Father Brown at 100

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James E. Person Jr. celebrates G. K. Chesterton’s immortal crime-solver

‘Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous — nor wished to be. There was nothing notable about him, except a slight contrast between the holiday gaiety of his clothes and the official gravity of his face.”

In this manner, on a September day 100 years ago, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) began his story “The Blue Cross” for readers of the English magazine The Storyteller. Those opening words, evoking the wings

James E. Person Jr. — Mr. Person is the author of Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind and Earl Hamner: From Walton's Mountain to Tomorrow.

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