above, the notes identiy cross-currents between the various contributions. Fih,the notes identiy the various policies, Commissions, Bills and laws to which hereers. Finally, the notes give details o republication where the essays have beenreproduced in complete or nearly complete orm rather than in part.
In addition to the notes, the edition includes all textual variants as between theoriginal essays and those that were collected during the period in which Ches-terton was employed on the newspaper. Tese appear at the end o each piece.Tey illustrate the sometimes substantial revision in which he engaged prior torepublishing his work. For example, he enlarged a number o the literary essaysthat ormed the basis o
in 1902 and sharpened the already acute polemical edge o some o the later political essays in
A Miscellany o Men
in 1912.Increasingly, he took pains to remove reerences to the articles, letters to the editorand reviews in the
and other organs o the press that had promptedthe essays, no doubt in order to reduce their ephemeral appearance. However, asone reviewer o
A Miscellany o Men
noted, the missing context le some sentencesscarcely intelligible.
For this reason and also the wider interest that the original as well as the revised passages hold, both versions are reprinted here.Te textual variants that occur in the essays collected by Dorothy Collinshave mostly been summarized in the rst ootnote alongside details o the sourceo republication. In the ew instances where a more detailed approach is war-ranted, the variants appear at the end o the piece.
Letters to the Editor
Chesterton’s numerous letters to the editor have never been reproduced inanthologies o his work; nor have they eatured in studies o his lie and thought.Yet the letters were oen equal in length to his columns, and show Chestertonat his most combative. Some were replies to critics on the correspondence page;others were responses to editorials in the newspaper or controversies on the let-ters page which others had initiated. Some o those with whom he engaged inthis way were ordinary readers o the newspaper; others were well-known writersand activists, or example George Bernard Shaw, R. B. Cunninghame Graham,H. N. Brailsord, Henry Nevinson, Joseph McCabe, Henry Salt, Henry HirstHollowell and Cicely Hamilton. Te letters covered a wide range o topicsincluding the Fabian deence o empire (1901), the role o religion in stateeducation (1902, 1905), Christianity versus agnosticism (1903), vegetarianism(1907), the treatment o prisoners (1908), women’s sufrage (1909), the Ferrercontroversy (1909), the Coronation Oath (1910), corporal punishment (1911),and the Italian invasion o Libya in 1911. In addition to Chesterton’s letters,