Monday, June 13, 2011

All Things Frances Chesterton Biography

I thought I would try to collect here everything I've done so far on the Frances Chesterton biography.

Recording of my talk at the 29th Chesterton Conference. Audio here. DVD here, the title of the talk was "The Woman Who Was Chesterton".

Frances's first book: The Children's Crusade, Sir Cleges, The Christmas Gift, Three Plays for Children by Frances Chesterton.

Frances's second book: Piers Plowman's Pilgrimage: A Morality Play by Frances Chesterton.

I've kept everyone up to date on my book progress at Uncommon Sense: The Podcast of the American Chesterton Society.

As many of you know, the research involved in this biography of this most intriguing lady is daunting due to the fact that much of the work involving Frances has yet to be published. I've been working with The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, which has a wonderful collection of Chesterton letters.

After working with the Wade Center, I'm pleased to announce that I've just been awarded the 2011 Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant for my biography of Frances.

I'm still a bit short of $$ for all the scans I need from the British Library, but I've got an idea in mind to involve everyone interested in this project. Stay tuned.


  1. Congratulations! The grant goes to a very deserving work! I can't wait to read it, learning about Frances has given a whole new perspective on Gilbert.

  2. Thanks, Deb. As you can see, this process doesn't move that fast, but I'm working on it.