Wednesday, September 27, 2006

GK: Socialite

Any description of the literary dinner parties of Edwardian London are likely to mention G. K. Chesterton. An example may be found in Miranda Seymour's biography of the aristocratic Ottoline Morrell, who is chiefly remembered for her love affair with Bertrand Russell, and also as an irrepressible hostess to appreciative writers, painters, and musicians. The Chestertons are mentioned among the guests in 1905, along with, among many others, Hilaire Belloc. [Ottoline Morrell, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1992, p. 75]

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