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.
For those who like to say that Chesterton never made an enemy, there is the fact of Thomas Hardy’s very last literary work. In the final days before his death in 1928, Hardy dictated what biographer Robert Gittings describes as “two virulent, inept, and unworthy satirical jingles” directed at Chesterton and George Moore—Hardy’s “two most hated critics.” [Thomas Hardy’s Later Years, Boston, 1978, p. 211]