A Melodramatic Sort of Moonshine

K. C., Gilbert Keith Chesterton, great, greatly articulate Roman convert and liberal, has been dead now for two years. For a unique brand of common-sense enthusiasm, for a singular gift of paradox, for a deep reverence and a high wit, and, most of all, for a free and shamelessly beautiful English prose, he will never be forgotten.

So said Orson Welles on Monday, September 5, 1938, the evening when his radio play adaptation of Chesterton’s novel The Man Who Was Thursday aired for the first time.

Kevin Belmonte, Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton, from Chapter 13


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