Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc / Edition 1

Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc / Edition 1

by Joseph Pearce, Joseph Pearce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0898709423

ISBN-13: 9780898709421

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Ignatius Press


Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. At turns reviled or revered, depending on the audience, he was a razor sharp social commenter and a master of both poetry and prose, who continues to captivate readers. In Old Thunder, Joseph Pearce examines Belloc’s enduring impact on British intellectual life.
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Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. At turns reviled or revered, depending on the audience, he was a razor sharp social commenter and a master of both poetry and prose, who continues to captivate readers. In Old Thunder, Joseph Pearce examines Belloc’s enduring impact on British intellectual life.
 
Along the way, Pearce uncovers Belloc’s relationships with Chesterton, Waugh, and Sassoon, among others. Pearce also illuminates another side of Belloc’s personality by relaying his long courtship with Elodie Hogan, her brief stint in a convent, and his ultimate grief at her death.
 
In this updated biography, with a new introduction by Dale Alhquist, Joseph Pearce uses previously unpublished letters and photographs to reveal in Belloc a romantic, complex, and solitary man, who is one of the true giants of the Catholic revival in the last century.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898709421
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1 Cradle Refugee 1

2 An Anglo-French Childhood 10

3 First Love 24

4 "Youth Gave You to Me" 33

5 Editor and Tramp 43

6 Soldier and Scholar 54

7 Survivals and New Arrivals 66

8 Baring and Buchan 80

9 Baring and Chesterton 90

10 Romeward Bound 99

11 The South Country 114

12 The Chesterbelloc 126

13 The Party System 137

14 Friends and Disciples 147

15 Love and Laughter 159

16 Religion and Politics 172

17 Farewell to Parliament 183

18 Eye-Witness to Scandal 191

19 Ghostly Secrets and Mortal Wounds 204

20 "Where Darkness Is …" 216

21 War and Other Diversions 225

22 A Private Friendship 240

23 Popes, Dictators and Jews 259

24 Friends and Family 274

25 War of the Wells 287

26 Reformed Characters 299

27 A Final Flourish 311

28 Farewell to the Chesterbelloc 322

29 The Last Rally 336

30 Decline without Fall 352

31 The Fading 365

Notes 385

Bibliography 415

Index 421

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