The Humor of G.B. Shaw and G.K. Chesterton

George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G.K.ChestertonGeorge Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton were intellectual titans of their age, and they had a very interesting relationship. The photograph at left shows Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and Chesterton. You can get a sense of their personalities and writing styles in the brief videos and the articles that follow.

A well-written article on Patheos.com reflects on the effect of humor on insult, with examples from Chesterton and Shaw.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/10/chesterton-shaw-and-the-effect-of-laughter-on-insult.html

You may also enjoy this blog post from Chesterton and Friends, discussing the debates between the athiest/socialist Shaw and Christian Chesterton.

http://chestertonandfriends.blogspot.com/2006/05/chesterton-shaw-debates.html

Read this thoughtful article by Fr. Ian Boyd about a reenactment of the Chesterton-Shaw debates. (Text file)

http://www.ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/CHESSHAW.TXT

Finally, here is a brief video trailer for Provision Theatre’s reenactment of the Chesterton-Shaw debate.

Chesterton resources index

Other George Bernard Shaw Resources

Other Introduction to Literature (E1) videos

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