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 April of 1925, Chesterton completed the illustrations for Hilaire Belloc’s novel, Mr. Petre. Said Belloc, “He did eight in an hour and a half. But if I hadn’t forced him, he’d never have done them at all.” [Letters from Hilaire Belloc, London: Hollis & Carter, 1958, pp. 164-65]Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList