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The Chesterton Review

Volume 14, Issue 3, August 1988

Christian Writers G.K. チエスタトソ of Japan

G.K. Chesterton
Pages 377-380

Some Urgent Reforms
The Human Circulating Library

The following uncollected Chesterton article was published in the Speaker of November 2, 1901 as part of a series entitled "Some Urgent Reforms." Chesterton's reference to Mr. Moody is, of course, a reference to Mr. Charles Edward Moody (1818-1890), the founder of the famous Moody's Lending Library. This Library was a peculiarly English institution, and was well known for the care which it took to avoid circulating literature that might be regarded as immoral.