G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXXII (ff. 251). Stories, including fragments ... 

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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXXII (ff. 251). Stories, including fragments, not published in Chesterton's lifetime; 1877-1936. Other stories, in notebooks, and on leaves extracted from the early notebooks up to 1901 are to be found in Add. 73314-73347, 73349.

1. ff. 1-3. Four draft lists of chapter headings for a novel 'The adventurous Abbot Stephen'; circa 1898. Autograph. See Add. 73341 C for the text of the novel and other references.

2. ff. 4-5v. Notes for the first chapter of 'The adventures of Hyperion Swift', with chapter headings for a book of essays; circa 1900. Autograph.

3. ff. 6-8v. Untitled draft fragments of 'Apotheosis'; circa 1895. Autograph. See references at Add. 73340 C.

4. ff. 9-30v. Untitled draft fragments of 'Basil Howe'; circa 1892. Autograph. See references at Add. 73320 B, C.

5. ff. 32-32v. Opening of 'The cloud'; circa 1893. Autograph.

6. ff. 34-35. Untitled draft fragment of 'Consistency'; circa 1894. Autograph. See also Add. 73332 A.

7. f. 36. Untitled draft opening of 'Earthquake, Esq.'; circa 1897. Autograph. See references at Add. 73336 F.

8. ff. 37-38. 'Epigram without tears'; circa 1896. Autograph.

9. ff. 39-46. Opening of a story entitled 'A fragment' when published in The Weekly Review, vol. 27, no. 4 (7 April 1938), pp. 76-79 and in The Coloured Lands, pp. 124-131 (1938); circa 1896. Autograph. A facsimile of f. 39 is published in Chesterton Continued, p. 31.

10. ff. 48-57. Fair copy and drafts of 'Hee-haw: an apotheosis'; circa 1900. Autograph. With a note in the hand of Dorothy Collins "Written for Frances (about 1900)".

11. ff. 58-77. 'The history of Kids'; 1877. A short tale dictated by Chesterton to his Aunt Rose in 1877, according to a note in the volume by his father. Published in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly no. 1 (Oct. 1996), p. 1.

12. ff. 78-90. Fair copy of 'Homesick at home'; circa 1896. Autograph. Published in The Coloured Lands, pp. 233-238. See also Add. 73337 A, 73338 B, D.

13. f. 92. Opening of 'In deep waters, or, Recollections of an altruistic milkman'; circa 1888. Autograph.

14. ff. 93-98. Openings of drafts of an illustrated story concerning Edmund Clerihew Bentley and his courting of the Vivian sisters, variously entitled 'The legend of Sir Edmund', 'The legend of Sir Hugo' and 'The legend of Sir Clerihew'; circa 1893. Autograph. See also Add. 73349.

15. ff. 101-126. The Mask of Midas; 1936. Typewritten copy with autograph amendments, and an envelope with a note in the hand of Dorothy Collins "Last story to be written in new Father Brown series . . . Unpublished and not to be published". The story was rejected by The Strand Magazine, unknown to Chesterton, who died twelve days after it was submitted. Published Trondheim: Classica, 1991, and in C.W., vol. 14, pp. 403-417.

16. ff. 127-150. 'The sky-thief'; circa 1896. Fair copy of a story later given the title 'The jongleur de Dieu', with another leaf bearing a fragment of the story. See references at Add. 73340 D.

17. ff. 151-156. 'Three priests: a scene'; circa 1899. Typewritten and signed, with autograph corrections. See references at Add. 73306.

18. ff. 157-162v. Opening of 'Tintinabulation'; circa 1882. Autograph.

19. ff. 163-170v. Untitled fragments of 'The wine of Cana'; circa 1893. Autograph. See also Add. 73324 B.

20. ff. 171-251. Fragments of untitled and unidentified stories; circa 1888 - circa 1900. Autograph, with the exception of f. 250, in the hand of Rhoda Bastable.


  • ff. 48-57, 101-126 Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Amendments and corrections to articles, etc., by G. K. Chesterton, prepared for publication by Dorothy Edith Collins: [1923-1975]: Autogr.
  • f. 250 Rhoda Bastable, cousin of F A Chesterton: Transcriptions of works by G. K. Chesterton by Rhoda Bastable: [1905]-circa 1906: Autogr.

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