Hilaire Belloc correspondence
- 1889-1948, undated
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The Hilaire Belloc correspondence documents Belloc's personal and professional life as an author. It includes letters to and from Hilaire Belloc with publishers, literary agents, newspapers, family, and friends.
- Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953 (Person)
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The French-born British author Joseph Hilaire Peter Belloc was born in Celle Saint-Cloud, France, on July 27, 1870. In 1896 Hilaire married Elodie Hogan, an American, and they had three sons and two daughters: Louis (1897), Eleanor (1899), Elizabeth (1900), Hilary (1902), and Peter (1904). Belloc began his literary career with Verses and Sonnets (1895). He next published The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts (1896), a collection of nonsense verse that was so popular it sold out in four days. Belloc then produced a series of biographies that included Danton (1899) and Robespierre (1901). In 1902 he published Path to Rome, which is perhaps his most representative work for its combination of Belloc’s love for travel, as well as his fierce Roman Catholicism. It recounts Belloc’s journey on foot from Toul, France to Rome, Italy.
In 1906 Belloc was elected to the House of Commons in England as the representative for South Salford, a seat that he held until 1910. He left his political career to pursue journalism, founding the political journal, New Witness, with G. K. Chesterton. His political broadsides written with Chesterton and his brother, Cecil, were popularly known as the “Chesterbellocs.” Belloc also served as editor of Land and Water, a journal devoted to the progress of the First World War, from 1914 to 1920. Elodie Belloc died in 1914, and Belloc’s eldest son, Louis, was killed in 1918 while serving in World War I. Belloc’s youngest son, Peter, a captain in the Royal Marines, would later die during World War II.
Belloc was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1934 by Pope Pius XI for his devotion to Catholicism as a writer. That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Master of Arts from Oxford University. Belloc published prolifically over the course of his life. He wrote 153 books of essays, fiction, history, biography, and poetry, as well as numerous articles for periodicals.
He continued to travel extensively until suffering a stroke in 1942. He died on July 16, 1953.
A.N. Wilson Hilaire Belloc: A Biography, Atheneum: New York, 1984.
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Documents the correspondence of French-born British author Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953).
These materials were acquired by the university in 1981-1982 through a purchase from the Hilaire Belloc estate. They were originally accessioned as MS.1986.065, but have subsequently been assigned accession number MS.2005.002.
- Hilaire Belloc Correspondence
- 1889-1948, undated
- George R. Fuir, S. J.; Philip Kiley, S. J.; Francis Vye, S. J.; Matthew Heitzman; Corbin Rhodes; and David Tennant
- 2006 July; updated 2008 April 22
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