Hardy Hated GKC

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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]