martedì 7 marzo 2023

Maurice Baring in the Shadow of the Chesterbelloc, un articolo di Joseph Pearce su Crisis Magazine.

Il saggio esamina la figura di Maurice Baring, di cui abbiamo più volte parlato nel nostro blog, che è ben più importante di quanto non si immagini (sempre qui trovate un mio intervento sulla promessa di convertirsi formulata da Chesterton a Brindisi al ritorno dal viaggio in Terrasanta, e lì si può vedere quanta importanza ebbe Baring nella conversione di Chesterton, anche qui più di quanto si immagini).

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Imagine one body with two heads. The twin giants of the Catholic literary revival of the early 20th century, G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc,
were so much associated in the eyes of the reading public that they together became the butt of the caricaturist’s humor and the satirist’s wit. Most famously, George Bernard Shaw, in an article titled “The Chesterbelloc: A Lampoon,” likened them to two halves of “a very amusing pantomime elephant.” Max Beerbohm, a friend of both men, drew a famous caricature depicting Belloc and Chesterton seated at a table, each holding a tankard of foaming beer, with the former lecturing the latter on “the errors of Geneva.” The rumbustious joie de vivre captured by Beerbohm in this caricature captivated the public’s imagination to such a degree that H.G. Wells complained that “Chesterton and Belloc have surrounded Catholicism with a kind of boozy halo:’ George Orwell, in the satirical attack on the literati in the opening chapter of his novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying, went one step further than other humorists by bestowing an honorary ordination on the Chesterbelloc, describing “Father Hilaire Chestnut’s latest book of R.C. propaganda”.

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