|Young Chesterton 1898|
We've discussed both books individually, although, sad to say, I missed the meeting on Mr. Blue which occupies a prominent place on my "best of all times" books. Now we'll see them side by side. That statement, "side by side," makes me laugh. Chesterton and Connolly were both physically large men, about 6'3". Chesterton weighed about 300 pounds and Connolly wasn't far behind at 270. What fun it would have been to see them together in a discussion -- a meeting of the Titans. Connolly was twenty years younger than Chesterton, but, even in those early days when he was fresh out of college, I suspect he was well aware of the bigger-than-life journalist across the pond.
|Young Myles Connolly|
|Chesterton 1921 - On the ship?|
In the course of my search on the internet for anything I could find on Connolly, not much unfortunately, I stumbled on a portion of Frank Capra's autobiography. Connolly moved to Hollywood to write screenplays in 1929 and never returned to journalism. He and Capra became great friends. I was so taken with the few pages I read, that I ordered Capra's book. I love his films and it is interesting that Connolly was often an uncredited contributor to some of the most popular: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life.
Spending my Sunday with Chesterton and Connolly and talking about them over tea with my husband and my brother and sister-in-law who dropped by to loan me a book on Chesterton was everything a lazy Sunday should be: family, fellowship, pleasures of the table, and interesting conversation.
Do yourself a favor. Read Manalive and Mr. Blue in close proximity to each other. If they don't inspire an intense joie de vivre, I'll be surprised!