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GK Chesterton

Chesterton is dismayed at the onward march of relativism and secularism. He also thinks the novel has lost its way, understands Islamic grievances against the west and is a proud mentor to satirists

By Tobias Jones   January 2005

Tobias Jones: For decades you were one of Britain’s favourite writers. Then your name became almost an embarrassment among literary people: you were seen as a reactionary traditionalist. Are you happy with your posthumous reputation?

GK Chesterton: Well, one’s stock always declines somewhat when stone cold. But I’m flattered to see that, almost a century after the publication of my most significant works, I’m recognised as being prophetic: I diagnosed the malaise of postmodernism before the term was coined. People always said I was behind the times, a throwback; they’re now recognising that a traditionalist is always ahead of his…

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