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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.

Chesterton Short(s)

Here is an excerpt from the diary of C.S. Lewis for May 14, 1922: “I read Chesterton’s Magic through. A pleasant little play—I am not sure I understand it. Afterwards I began to read The Road to Endor, the account of two British officers’ escape from Yosgad in Asia Minor by means of faked spiritualism. The irony of reading this and Magic on the same day was quite unintentional.” [All My Road before Me, 1922-1927, London: 1991, pp. 34-35]

Something for Lent

The Times newspaper asked a number of authors to write on the topic: “What’s wrong with the world?”. Chesterton answered, “Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G.K. Chesterton”