Hilaire Belloc

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Belloc, Hilaire

(Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc) (bĕl`ŏk), 1870–1953, English author, b. France. He became a British subject in 1902, and from 1906 to 1910 was a Liberal member of Parliament for South Salford. Poet, essayist, satirist, and historian, he wrote from the Roman Catholic viewpoint. Among his works are The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896), The Path to Rome (1902), Marie Antoinette (1910), The Jews (1922), The Cruise of the Nona (1925), and Napoleon (1922). He was a close friend of G. K. ChestertonChesterton, G. K.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton), 1874–1936, English author. Conservative, even reactionary, in his thinking, Chesterton was a convert (1922) to Roman Catholicism and its champion.
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 and with him founded the New Witness, a weekly political newspaper. Christened "the Chesterbelloc" by G. B. Shaw, the two were the inventors and propagators of distributism, a medieval, anticapitalist, and anti-Fabian socialist philosophy.

Belloc, Hilaire


Born July 27, 1870, in St.-Cloud, France; died July 16, 1953, in Guildford. British writer.

Belloc is the author of novels (such as Mr. Burden, 1904), sketches (such as On Nothing, 1908; On Everything, 1909; On Something, 1910), short stories, travel notes, poems, and also historical works. In Belloc’s literary works there is a powerful satirical aspect; however, his criticism of capitalistic industrialization and corruption is accompanied by attacks on socialism as well, and in his searchings for an ideal social order he turned to the Middle Ages.


Hilaire Belloc’s Stories, Essays, and Poems. London, 1957.
Mr. Clutterbuck’s Election. London, 1908.
Danton. London, 1928.


Collins, A. S. English Literature of the Twentieth Century. London, 1965.


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Robert Speaight, The Life of Hilaire Belloc (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy, 1957, 156-57.
Then came war against the Germans, for the first time of our history, in alliance with French and Italians, and after that a new view has caught on with numbers of people not well enough educated to distinguish between current feelings and scientific history, and moreover always apt to take the word of a self-convinced writer who is master of a lucid and brilliantly dogmatic style, such as Hilaire Belloc, himself a Frenchman by origin, though an enthusiastic south Saxon by residence, adoption and grace (52).
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HILAIRE BELLOC, in one of his Cautionary Verses, wrote of the nicest child he ever knew, one Charles Augustus Fortescue: "When eating bread he made no crumbs, he was extremely fond of sums to which however he preferred, the parsing of a Latin word.
His first book, which has just been published in paperback, is a collection of cautionary rhyming tales, in the style of Heinrich Hoffman, Hilaire Belloc and Marriot Edgar.
When Hilaire Belloc recalled the Middle Ages, he saw not simply the system of widespread property (if not full ownership) he hoped to see restored in his own day, but also a system that amounted in all its particulars to a rejection of the economic liberalism he so despised.
His charming but profound reflections present questions that are not Catholic, but answers that are, steeped in sources as diverse as Hilaire Belloc, Plato, Tolkien, and even Charlie Brown, among others--including Samuel Johnson, from whom he got the title.
In 1920 Hilaire Belloc made the following claim regarding the Catholic Church: "The Church is Europe; and Europe is The Church.
Richard Simpson and Lord Acton were almost quaint echoes of the Cisalpine movement amidst the louder voices of Gasquet, Hilaire Belloc, and Hughes.
Wells absorbed many of the comments and credited the writers, all except Hilaire Belloc who wrote many articles and a book on the inequity of Wells's ideas.