Tuesday, January 30, 2007

GKC and the War Effort

I don't think this would happen in 2007:

In September of 1918, Chesterton attended an enthusiastic gathering of twenty-five British authors to discuss how literature could help the war effort. The meeting was convened by the head of War Propaganda, C.F.G. Masterman, and was also attended by (among others) Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, James Barrie, John Galsworthy, John Masefield, and John Buchan. The government proposed to subsidize patriotic books, pamphlets, articles and lectures by these writers. [Chisholm and Davie, Lord Beaverbrook, New York, 1993, p. 154]

1 comment:

undergroundman said...

War is so pointless in this day and age. Globalization, the internet, and free trade will inevitably bring world peace and freedom -- simply because war is no longer economical.

If only our leaders realized that.