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Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)

Author of Cautionary Tales for Children

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About the Author

Hilaire Belloc, 1870 - 1953 Hilaire Belloc was born in France in 1870, educated at Oxford, and naturalized as a British subject in 1902. Although he began as a writer of humorous verse for children, his works include satire, poetry, history, biography, fiction, and many volumes of essays. With his show more close friend and fellow Catholic, G. K. Chesterton, Belloc founded the New Witness, a weekly newspaper opposing capitalism and free thought and supporting a philosophy known as distributism. The pair was so close in thought and association that George Bernard Shaw nicknamed them Chesterbelloc. During his life, Belloc published over 150 books. Today, however, he is best remembered for only a few works, most notably his light verse, such as Cautionary Tales (1907) and A Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896). Belloc died in 1953 from burns caused when his dressing gown caught fire from the hearth. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Hilaire Belloc

The Path to Rome (1902) 502 copies
The Great Heresies (1936) 484 copies
How the Reformation Happened (1928) 328 copies
Cautionary Verses (1939) 313 copies
The Servile State (1912) 300 copies
Selected Cautionary Verses (1940) 239 copies
Europe and the Faith (1920) 188 copies
The Crisis of Civilization (1602) 144 copies
Essays of a Catholic (1931) 128 copies
Richelieu (1929) 108 copies
Marie Antoinette (1909) 107 copies
The Four Men: A Farrago (1911) 102 copies
The Cruise of the Nona (1925) 95 copies
Matilda Who told Lies (1970) 89 copies
William the Conqueror (1709) 87 copies
Joan of Arc (1929) 86 copies
Complete Verse (1970) 84 copies
Hills and the Sea (1909) 70 copies
Selected essays of Hilaire Belloc (1948) — Author — 67 copies
The French Revolution (1911) 67 copies
The Jews (1922) 65 copies
Stories, essays, and poems (1938) 46 copies
The Old Road (1910) 45 copies
The Free Press (2002) 45 copies
Charles I, King of England (1933) 45 copies
Economics for Helen (1999) 44 copies
Sonnets and Verse (1923) 42 copies
Poems of To-day: An Anthology (1915) — Contributor — 42 copies
Napoleon (1932) 42 copies
The Historic Thames (1910) 39 copies
Wolsey (1930) 38 copies
Mr Petre (1981) 34 copies
The Mercy of Allah (1922) 32 copies
Moral Alphabet (1973) 28 copies
Charles II: The Last Rally (1939) 28 copies
Danton (1911) 27 copies
But Soft: We Are Observed (1928) 27 copies
Robespierre (1901) 27 copies
The Green Overcoat (1912) 26 copies
The Party System (1911) 24 copies
First and Last (1911) 24 copies
Cromwell (1901) 22 copies
Milton (1935) 20 copies
James the Second (1928) 17 copies
On Something (1910) 16 copies
Hilaire Belloc: An Anthology of His Prose and Verse (1951) — Author; Author — 16 copies
The postmaster-general (1931) 16 copies
On Everything (1920) 15 copies
On sailing the sea (1939) 15 copies
The man who made gold (1930) 14 copies
Louis XIV (1938) 14 copies
The Road (1923) 13 copies
The Girondin (1911) 13 copies
The Haunted House (1927) 12 copies
Poitiers (1913) 11 copies
The River of London (1912) 10 copies
Advice (1960) 10 copies
Waterloo (1915) 10 copies
On Anything (1910) 10 copies
New Cautionary Tales (1930) 9 copies
The modern traveller (1972) 9 copies
On (2022) 9 copies
Belinda (1928) 9 copies
Paris (1900) 9 copies
Crécy (2010) 9 copies
A Picked Company (1915) 8 copies
A History of England (1925) 8 copies
Elizabethan Commentary (1969) 7 copies
More Peers : Verses (1924) 7 copies
Emmanuel Burden (1920) 6 copies
Shadowed! (1929) 6 copies
Warfare in England (1912) 5 copies
Usury (1991) 5 copies
The Battle of Blenheim (2010) 5 copies
Pongo and the bull (1910) 5 copies
Tourcoing (1912) 5 copies
Malplaquet (1911) 5 copies
The Stane street (1913) 5 copies
Return to the Baltic (2012) 5 copies
Many Cities (1928) 5 copies
Towns of destiny (1927) 5 copies
Places (1942) 5 copies
Lambkin's Remains (2016) 4 copies
A Change in the Cabinet (2008) 4 copies
The Contrast (1974) 4 copies
Verses (2008) 4 copies
The Footpath Way (2019) 3 copies
Belloc essays (1955) 2 copies
Verses (1916) 2 copies
The Hedge and the Horse (1936) 2 copies
Gems from Hilaire Belloc (1900) 2 copies
Collected Works 2 copies
My Own Country (1927) — Author — 1 copy
Calendar 1 copy
The Way Out (2006) 1 copy
Verses and Sonnets (1896) 1 copy
Philibert (1991) 1 copy
Home 1 copy

Associated Works

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (1150) — Translator, some editions — 1,928 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 913 copies
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Contributor — 545 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 498 copies
Week-End Wodehouse (1939) — Introduction, some editions — 349 copies
Kai Lung's Golden Hours (1922) — Introduction, some editions — 334 copies
A Book of English Essays (1942) — Contributor — 240 copies
The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends (1998) — Contributor — 195 copies
Camelot Chronicles (1992) — Contributor — 121 copies
Poems of Early Childhood (Childcraft) (1923) — Contributor — 116 copies
Storytelling and Other Poems (Childcraft) (1949) — Contributor — 90 copies
Beastly Verse (2014) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 72 copies
Saints Are Not Sad: Short Biographies of Joyful Saints (1949) — Contributor — 67 copies
If It Had Happened Otherwise (1931) — Contributor — 55 copies
Who Owns America: A New Declaration of Independence (1970) — Contributor — 45 copies
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Contributor — 45 copies
A Century of Humour (1934) — Contributor — 42 copies
The Book of the Sea (1954) — Contributor — 36 copies
Modern Essays (1921) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Best Horror Stories (1977) — Contributor — 22 copies
Essays (1939) — Foreword, some editions — 15 copies
Annual Macabre 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 14 copies
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Contributor — 11 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
All Day Long: An Anthology of Poetry for Children (1954) — Contributor — 8 copies
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Contributor — 7 copies
Number Two Joy Street (1924) — Contributor — 6 copies
Essays by Modern Masters (1930) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 12, August 1980 — Contributor — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2, October 1976 (1976) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Undying Past (1961) — Contributor — 2 copies
The children's own treasure book (1947) — Contributor — 2 copies
Number One Joy Street (1923) — Contributor — 2 copies
The dream garden : a children's annual (1905) — Contributor — 2 copies
Inquisition: A Political and Military Study of Its Establishment (1932) — Foreword, some editions — 2 copies
Number Five Joy Street (1927) — Contributor — 2 copies
Essays of the year (1929-1930) (1930) — Contributor — 1 copy

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illustrated morality tales
 
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Think "Three Men In a Boat," except there are four men, they don't know each other, and they're on foot. ;)
But in both cases, there are guys on the move, talking about lots of things and meeting other characters along the way. There are delightful and thought-provoking conversations about poetry, and first love, and food & drink, and horses, and a politician selling his soul.
I enjoyed encountering passages such as: We looked northward to the hill of Mayfield, where St. Dunstan pulled the Devil by the nose; and they keep the tongs wherewith he did it in Mayfield to this day. And: In Sussex , let me tell you, we have but one cheese, the name of which is CHEESE.… (more)
 
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