Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

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9780002740951: Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

A major new biography of this much revered and reviled figure, who remains one of the most important Christian writers of the 20th century.

One of the most prolific and thought-provoking writers of his age, Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) still has a lasting effect on Britain. Well known for his literary collaboration and friendship with G.K. Chesterton, Belloc continues to fascinate, both as a social commentator and a master of finely crafted prose and verse.

As President of the Oxford Union, he immersed himself in historical studies and championed Catholicism. Later, as a Liberal Member of Parliament, he became disillusioned with party politics, expressing his sentiments about both Socialism and Capitalism in his novels and pamphlets. He was and is admired for his understanding of modern England.

His romantic and solitary character is found in his verse, and in the powerful love story of his long courtship of Elodie Hogan and his desolation after her death.

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Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important, revered and reviled writers of the twentieth century. A social commentator, a master of finely created prose and a poet of great wit, he continues to fascinate. Joseph Pearce examines the lasting impact of this prolific writer and social commentator on British intellectual life.

As president of the Oxford Union, he immersed himself in historical studies and championed Catholicism. Later, as a Liberal MP, he became disillusioned with party politics, expressing his sentiments about both socialism and capitalism in his novels and pamphlets. Considered one of the most important Christian writers of the twentieth century, admired for his understanding of modern England and in the company of men like Sassoon, G.K Chesterton and Waugh, Belloc's fascinating character is wonderfully brought to light in all his whimsicality. Opening up the personality for the reader is the story of his long courtship of Elodie Hogan that overcame all sorts of hurdles, including her brief stint in a convent, and his desolation after her death.

With access to previously unpublished material in the form of Belloc's letters and photographs, Joseph Pearce's major new biography uncovers a romantic, complex and solitary character.

About the Author:

Joseph Pearce is the author of many books, including Small is Still Beautiful, Solzhenitsyn, and Tolkien: Man and Myth.

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