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.
Early in 1927 the American writer Rex Stout had lunch with Chesterton at the Savoy Grill. Stout said later, “Chesterton thought I knew too little about revelation. And I thought he knew too much.” A great admirer of Father Brown, Stout would in 1934 launch his own successful series of detective stories featuring Nero Wolfe. [John McAleer, Rex Stout: A Biography. Boston: Little, Brown, 1977, p. 22]Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList