Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.
In order to analyze the early influences on British Political leaders (those who converted to Socialism and Communism), Noel Annan read through their biographies and concluded that as school boys, all of them “began to have subversive thoughts” after reading Chesterton, Wells, Shaw, and the Webbs. [Our Age, New York: Random House, 1990, p. 178]Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList