One of the great influences on C.S. Lewis was G.K. Chesterton. However, Chesterton should be read for his own sake and not just for what he meant to Lewis.
Joseph Pearce has written an interesting article on Chesterton for the Imaginative Conservative.
I owe a great debt of gratitude to G. K. Chesterton. Indeed the debt is so great that it can never be paid. It is for this reason that I always remind myself that the first book that I wrote, following my conversion, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, was a two-fold act of thanksgiving: an act of thanksgiving to God for giving me Chesterton but also an act of thanksgiving to Chesterton for giving me God.
What was it about Chesterton that so captivated me?
Find out by reading the full article here.