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Hilaire Belloc
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    (July 27, 1870-July 16, 1953)
    Born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
    Full name: Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene Belloc
    British author who wrote extensively on travel, history and politics but is most well known for his poetry and defenses of the Catholic Church and European culture
    Member of Parliament 1906-1910
    Taught at Fordham University in New York
    He was born in France, raised in England, and married an American.
    He once walked from the midwest to California to visit his fiancee.
    He only held one full-time job in his life, editing a magazine from 1914-1920 and often had money troubles.
    He wrote a novel, 'The Four Men,' which was about four men traveling together with each of the men representing one of Belloc's personalities.
    He once said, 'It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.'
    He was a poor fact-checker and made major mistakes in historical writings.
    He was nicknamed 'Old Thunder' as a child because of his bellicose attitude.
    He graduated from Oxford with first class honors.
    He suffered a crippling stroke in 1942 which caused him to fall into a fire in 1953, leading to an agonizing death several days later.
    He was friends with G. K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. Like Chesterton he supported the social theory of distributionism and was instrumental in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism.
    He was an outstanding defender of his Catholic faith.
    He disliked and criticized historians with an axe to grind i.e., Will and Ariel Durant and H. G. Wells.
    Though smeared as an anti-semite, he repeatedly criticized anti-semitism and the Nazis even before they came to power.
    Syd Barrett was a fan, and his song, Matilda Mother was taken from Belloc's Cautionary Tales.
    One of his sons was killed in WWI and another in WWII.
    He wrote 153 books!
    He liked writing humorous and nonsense poetry for children.

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