Chesterton speaking on Canada

April 11 2014

At the Canadian lunch in London in 1933 at which Kipling proposed the toast (last post), the seconder was Chesterton. No film (or none that I am aware of), but here is a complete sound recording.

Is there a complete recording of Kipling? The YouTube poster and commenters wrongly assume that Chesterton is speaking in Canada. Also, he is not “introducing” Kipling.

He refers to the President of the Royal Society of Literature, Lord Crewe.

I like his phrase “our more fatigued society” about Britain compared with North America.

When he reads poetry, Chesterton’s voice sounds almost classless, but there is an occasional lower middle-class twang here. Kipling’s accent is that of the broad English educated class, of which the Oxford accent and the BBC accent were distinct offshoots.

3 Responses to “Chesterton speaking on Canada”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Kipling and Chesterton would both die in 1936. I suppose the people who brought the recording equipment in knew that there could not be many more occasions like this.

    Elgar would die in 1934, Yeats in 1939. I think of those four very different men as a quartet of geniuses.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Chesterton has essays called On Travel’s Surprises and On Thoughts in Canada in All is Grist (1931).


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