This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chestertonâ€™s fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and â€œcivilizedâ€ clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John Oâ€™Connor (1870 â€“ 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 â€“ 14 June 1936) was an English writer. He wrote on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegoriesâ€”first carefully turning them inside out.
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