Bloy, Léon

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Bloy, Léon

(lāôN` blwä), 1846–1917, French writer. A Roman Catholic and a social reformer, Bloy wrote violent and vituperative attacks on religious conformism and bitter portraits of his life and friends. His works decry cruelty and injustice, and their fervor made them influential in Europe. They include the autobiographical novels Le Désespéré [the hopeless one] (1886) and La Femme pauvre (1897, tr. The Woman Who Was Poor, 1939); Salut par les Juifs (1892), a tribute to the Jews; and a vast body of correspondence.


See studies by M. R. Brady (1969) and R. Heppenstall (1969).

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The "Catholic" influences Perchard cites as the reasons for the spiritual component to Panassie's embarrassing, primitivist views were quite local, and quite French (Leon Bloy, Jacques Maritain, Charles Pegtiy), along with the decidedly un-Catholic Rene Guenon.
BBOY, L., Journal de Leon Bloy, III: Le vieux de la montagne / Le pelerin de Pabsolu, Paris: Mercure de France, 1963.
After being driven nearly to despair by the arid positivism of the Sorbonne, she and Jacques sought Catholic baptism in 1906 with novelist Leon Bloy as their godfather.
Mas adelante, el establecimiento del concepto de precursor que objeta la determinacion temporal, la idea de maduracion o evolucion y la superioridad del precorrido sobre el precursor deviene un esquema con que Borges dan congruencia a su discurso sobre las influencias, verbigracia en sendas apreciaciones posteriores dedicadas a Leon Bloy y Lord Dunsany, dos precursores de Kaflca segun el clasico ensayo de 1951: '"Les captifs de Longjumeau prefigura asimismo a Kaflca" y "El mecanismo de infinitas postergaciones de 'Carcasona' prefigura a Kaflca" {La Biblioteca 21, 43) II.
Maritain's first encounter with Catholicism came in the form of Leon Bloy's outrageous and histrionic novel The Woman Who Was Poor.
Here he came in contact with the Catholic writers Leon Bloy and Georges Bernanos and, for the first time, studied the Bible intensely.