Hilaire Belloc died in July 1953, but I discovered today that he has his own place on the web on MySpace.
Believe it or not, you can see it here: http://www.myspace.com/hilairebelloc
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Above all, my poetry. I am the finest poet Sussex ever produced, and some people, including the creator of this page, believe me to be the finest poet who ever lived. (In the same way as my work was written off by the literati, so is he for believing this – and he doesn’t care either!)
As for my prose, try ‘The Four Men’ (a fictional tale of a walk across the breadth of my beloved Sussex) for starters. And if you’re a Catholic, you’ll like ‘The Path To Rome’ too.
Indeed, I confess (no pun intended) to having been a fanatical and combative Catholic, and for a while I was an admirer of Franco and Mussolini, because of the Catholic connection, which is the number one thing the creator of this page would doubtless be screaming at me about right now if I wasn’t dead and safely interred at West Grinstead away from his anti-fascist rage. I was also accused of being anti Semitic, but I maintain I wasn’t. I stuck up for the Jews as much as I insulted them: I hated rich monopoly capitalists, some of whom were Jews. And my ancestors were called Bloch. Enough said? My religion was my own business, anyway, and I wound up just as many Catholics as I did non-believers….see below.
In all things I was ebullient, loud, supremely self confident and utterly dismissive of my critics (the best way to be: if you don’t believe in yourself you can’t expect anyone else to believe in you!)
I was most certainly a scourge of the Establishment of my time.
I was Liberal MP for Salford between 1906 and 1910 but soon became disillusioned. It seemed to me that the real power lay with the press barons and the moneymen, bankrolling corrupt politicians who, while claiming to oppose each other, drank in the same clubs and were part of the same social scene, often actually related to each other….their opposition entirely stage managed. Ring any bells?…