Authors on Authors

Long, long ago, not long after I started this blog, I published a list of favorite authors of mine and the authors whom they had pointed to as influences on their work. It was just lists of names, nothing more than that. So today, I’d like to update and expand on some of those entries, guided by the words of the writers themselves.

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Bookish Links — August 2017

In this letter to his then-fiancée Frances Blogg, a twenty-five-year-old G. K. Chesterton describes an ordinary day for him. His descriptions are characteristically wonderful: Out of the starless night of the Uncreated, that was before the stars, a soul begins to grope back to light. It gropes its way through strange, half-lighted chambers of Dreams,Continue reading “Bookish Links — August 2017”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, the girls at The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” a Valentine’s Day-themed free-for-all. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to talk about poetry anyway, I decided toContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition”

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Bookish Links — December 2015

Please, Lord, don’t let this turn out to be a hoax: C. S. Lewis worked for MI-6 during World War II. A new internet error code, one denoting government censorship, was added to the books earlier this month, and, as is only fitting, it was named in honor of a certain author whom we allContinue reading “Bookish Links — December 2015”

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Poem: “The House of Christmas”

Merry Christmas, all you darling people. “The House of Christmas” by G. K. Chesterton There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abideContinue reading “Poem: “The House of Christmas””

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Poem of the Week: “Evening”

As far as I know, this poem was never published during Chesterton’s lifetime: he wrote it down in a notebook somewhere when he was about 21 and kept it to himself. True, it’s not as intricate as Chesterton’s later poems and the style seems quite unlike him, but for whatever reason, I think this mightContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Evening””

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Bookish Links: September 2015

Here’s a blog post that I wish I had thought of first: an excerpt of the firsthand account that American author Robert Holliday gave of meeting G. K. Chesterton. (HT: Hannah Long)   And now, to resolve a question that’s pestered me since the age of five: “Why Is Winnie-the-Pooh Called a ‘Pooh’?”   WilliamContinue reading “Bookish Links: September 2015”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 1 & 2: Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis I bought these two on impulse about a week ago. The Weight of Glory still sits in its pretty cream-colored Barnes and Noble bag, while I’ve already startedContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List”

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The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote

All this talk of quotations puts me in mind of a very famous one, supposedly by G. K. Chesterton. No doubt you’ve seen it floating around Pinterest, Twitter, etc. by now: It certain sounds like Chesterton, and it’s in line with things he did say, but it’s not Chesterton. It is in fact the workContinue reading “The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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How G. K. Chesterton Changed My Mind about Detective Stories

I try to stay open to books in genres and styles that I don’t often read, but one genre that I routinely avoid is the mystery genre. Part of my problem with mystery stories is that they’re almost impossible to read more than once, and part of it is that very few of the mysteries IContinue reading “How G. K. Chesterton Changed My Mind about Detective Stories”

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Poem of the Week: “Mediaevalism”

What do you mean I post too much G. K. Chesterton? IS there such a thing as too much G. K. Chesterton?! “Mediaevalism” by G. K. Chesterton If men should rise and return to the noise and time of the tourney, The name and fame of the tabard, the tangle of gules and gold, WouldContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Mediaevalism””

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