Perhaps he’s best known today for the character Father Brown, given the TV series. But at the time GK Chesterton was greatly admired as an essayist. Little short things for the newspapers, also rather more weighty matters.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.”
Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics.
My favourites are the little short newspaper pieces. Miles Kington being a later exponent of much the same style of whimsy. Given that he’s out of copyright more Chesterton than you can shake a stick at is easily available: Delphi Complete Works of G. K. Chesterton (Illustrated)