A blog dedicated to providing quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential (and quotable!) authors of the twentieth century, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). If you do not know much about GKC, I suggest visiting the webpage of the American Chesterton Society as well as this wonderful Chesterton Facebook Page by a fellow Chestertonian

I also have created a list detailing examples of the influence of Chesterton if you are interested, that I work on from time to time.

(Moreover, for a list of short GKC quotes, I have created one here, citing the sources)

"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."

-Heretics (1905)

_____________________

"The Speaker" Articles

A book I published containing 112 pieces Chesterton wrote for the newspaper "The Speaker" at the beginning of his career.

They are also available for free electronically on another blog of mine here, if you wish to read them that way.




Wednesday, March 6, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald and GKC

F. Scott Fitzgerald told Shane Leslie, one of his many biographers, that he intended to quote a passage from Chesterton on the title page of his first novel This Side of Paradise. The quote would have been the nonsense song that a judge, in the book's first chapter [i.e., GKC's book The Club of Queer Trades], sings in court as his summation of a case"

"O Rowty-owty tiddly-owty
Tiddly-owty tiddly owty
Highly-ighty tiddly-ighty
Tiddly-ighty ow."

-The Fantastic Fiction of Gilbert Chesterton, Martin Gardner

He read voluminously all spring, the beginning of his eighteenth year: "The Gentleman from Indiana," "The New Arabian Nights," "The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne," "The Man Who Was Thursday," which he liked without understanding...

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
(Book One, Chapter 1- emphasis mine)