G.K. Chesterton
Jan, 1915
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936) is considered one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century. His friend George Bernard Shaw called him a "colossal genius." Chesterton and Clarence Darrow debated religion and evolution at the Mecca Temple in New York City in 1931. Several commentators believed that Chesterton won the debate. Titled "Will the World Return to Religion?" One source says there are no transcripts of the debate. A vote was taken afterwards with 2,359 voting that Chesterton had won and 1,022 for Darrow. See Joseph Pearce, Literary Giants, Literary Catholics 212 (2005). LC-DIG-ggbain-06610, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.