Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quote of the Moment: G.K.C. and The Hobbit

How very sad that G. K. C. [Gilbert Keith "G.K." Chesterton] died in 1936, and The Hobbit was not published until 1937. As a lifelong aficionado of fairy tales, he would have been delighted by it.-The Superversive - ‘The Similarillion’, post the first

As a long time G.K. fan (of the man and particularity his fiction, not his Catholicism and apologetics for same, though naturally that informed everything he wrote) I agree. Unfortunately, while J.R.R. Tolkien has become a household name (and that long before the success of the Peter Jackson films) Chesterton remains obscure and unknown by the pubic at large. I remember my shock (this was about 10 years ago) when upon mentioning G.K. (in reference to The Napoleon of Notting Hill which I had just recently finished reading) to a co-worker who was an aspiring novelist (he let me read portions of his historical novel in progress set in 1920s Japan) and getting a blank stare. He had no clue who Chesterton was, hadn't even heard of him before! Now that's sad!

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