Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

by Joseph Pearce


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Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc by Joseph Pearce

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618906564
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication date: 01/01/1900
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joseph Pearce, director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, is the author of three books on Shakespeare, all published by Ignatius Press, and is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (or StAR), a magazine of Christian culture and tradition published by St. Augustine’s Press.

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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