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 recently 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.
On March 15 and 16, 1954, Edmund Wilson called on Max Beerbohm in Beerbohm’s villa at Rapallo. Wilson found that Chesterton remained a favorite subject for the great caricaturist, mentioning in particular a mural of Chesterton that had been painted at the entrance hall, and the title page of a volume of Chesterton’s essays covered with “an expanding caricature” in which the printed words “Thirteenth Edition” were displayed in Chesterton’s open mouth. [The Bit between My Teeth, New York: Farrar, Strause, 1965]