Tuesday, January 26, 2010

G. K. Chesterton and Notre Dame.

The exhibition "The Story of Notre Dame" includes a section on G. K. Chesterton, including:
an account of his lectures there in fall 1930: "... there was the man himself, nearly three hundred pounds of him, who, thinking of some delicious aside, would start to chuckle and so convulse the audience before he had said what he had to say, that they were in a constant state of good nature. "

• a faculty admission card to Chesterton's Notre Dame lectures, which reveals that he spoke on history on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and on literature on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

online text of the 1912 Chesterton Day by Day, which features Chesterton quotes organized by days of the year. For example, the entry for January 31 is from The Defendant: "The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, the Odyssey because all life is a journey, the Book of Job because all life is a riddle."

online text of Greybeards at Play: Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen, written and illustrated by Chesterton (note the dedication to "E.C.B.," who is Chesterton's old friend, mystery writer E. C. Bentley)

About the image: Cigarette card of G. K. Chesterton, NYPL

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