All four men are aspects of Belloc himself, and the novel - peppered with hilarious tall tales, boisterous drinking songs, and madcap antics - contains deeper reflections on mortality, morality, and manhood.
The Southeast PA Chesterton Society will meet and discuss this work on Sunday, November 19th. The book is also the focus of the upcoming annual Greater Philadelphia Area Four Men Feast to be held on October 28th. Details about the November meeting as well as the Feast are below the "read more" break.
The book can be purchased in paperback from the American Chesterton Society in a lovely recent edition, with annotations and commentary.
It is also available in sundry formats from Archive.org including Kindle (MOBI) and PDF download, as well as full-text.
The Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Four Men Feast
This is a men's-only event. For information on the SEPA Chesterton Society meeting and discussion of The Four Men, please scroll below.
While it is not essential or necessary to have read The Four Men to attend the gathering, it certainly makes the experience more fruitful.
The Feast consists of a program that runs as follows:
- Gathering and welcome.
- The Meal - comprised of bacon and eggs, bread and cheese, and beer to drink: the menu having been taken from the feast described in the novel.
- Traditions and toasts.
- Singing of the drinking songs.
- Bonfire and readings - guests are invited to bring a favorite passage from Belloc, Chesterton, or anyone else in the spirit of the feast, to offer to the group at the bonfire.
For more information on the Feast, visit the website, and if you have questions or concerns please use the contact form there to get in touch with the organizers.
November SEPA Chesterton Society Meeting
Sunday, November 19
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
International Institute for Culture
6331 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151
Visit the IIC's website.