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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.
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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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By 1924 the situation was such that Hillaire Belloc could write scathingly of the `false method' which had `struck deep root' in contemporary history teaching, which had abandoned facts and dates in favour of a more woolly concern for making history interesting.
The Book of Virtues is surprisingly diverse in its readings--sources range from the obvious (stories from the Old and New Testaments, children's verse by Hillaire Belloc, tales by Aesop and the Brothers Grimm) to the unexpected (African and American-Indian folk tales, writings by and about Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, a testimonial by Babe Ruth).
Which is why Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc anticipated that, as the West lost its moral power and force, Islam would rise again to fill the breach; and that, despite all the lies currently being told about Islam, these two forces--Christianity and Islam--like Cain and Abel, can never be reconciled.