By E.J. Scheske
"A man with a head worth a pile of Chesterton heads as high as the Trafalgar monument."
That's H.L. Mencken, writing about H.G. Wells, dissing G.K. Chesterton.
Mencken was a Chesterton fan at first. In January 1910, he reviewed Chesterton's George Bernard Shaw with this type of high praise: "The cleverest man in all the world, with the second cleverest as his subject, is here doing his cleverest writing. . . Not since St. Augustine have the gods sent us a man who could make the incredible so fascinatingly probable."
But HLM tired of GKC. Not too surprising. As GKC become increasingly Catholic, he probably became increasingly distasteful (and boring) to HLM.