The Catholic Genius and Range of Hilaire Belloc’s History, Poetry, and Prose

National Catholic Register, Joseph Pearce: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) is not as well-known as he and his talent deserve. From the last years of the reign of Queen Victoria until the first years of World War II, when ill health silenced his Muse, he was one of the true giants of English culture. As a poet, he had few worthy to be considered his peers. His verse, such as “Tarantella,” “The End of the Road” and “Ha’nacker Mill,” is amongst the finest written in the 20th century, and his whimsically mischievous Cautionary Tales for Children (1907) continue to delight parents and children alike, more than a century after they were first published. He was a novelist, excelling in acerbically witty satires of the politics of his day, inspired by his experience as a Member of Parliament, and was one of the finest essayists and prose stylists in a golden age of stylistic prose and essay writing, a giant among giants. Full article is here.