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.
Those deaf to Belloc will be scandalized to hear (while Belloc fans will be amused to hear once again) the story of how the great writer sold, during Chesterton’s requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral, the exclusive rights to his (Belloc’s) obituary of Chesterton to four different newspaper editors. [A.N. Wilson, Hilaire Belloc, New York: Atheneum, 1984, 342]Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList