Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

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Book Summary:
Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. At turns reviled or revered, depending on the audience, he was a razor sharp social commenter and a master of both poetry and prose, who continues to captivate readers. In Old Thunder, Joseph Pearce examines Belloc’s enduring impact on British intellectual life.
Along the way, Pearce uncovers Belloc’s relationships with Chesterton, Waugh, and Sassoon, among others. Pearce also illuminates another side of Belloc’s personality by relaying his long courtship with Elodie Hogan, her brief stint in a convent, and his ultimate grief at her death.
In this updated biography, with a new introduction by Dale Alhquist, Joseph Pearce uses previously unpublished letters and photographs to reveal in Belloc a romantic, complex, and solitary man, who is one of the true giants of the Catholic revival in the last century.
Other Books by Joseph Pearce
  • Bilbo's Journey
  • Catholic Literary Giants
  • Tolkien
  • Through Shakespeare's Eyes

About the Author:
Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is known for a number of literary biographies, many of Catholic figures. Formerly aligned with the National Front, a white nationalist political party, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1989, repudiated his earlier views, and now writes from a Catholic perspective. He is a co-editor of the St. Austin Review and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press. He also teaches Shakespearian literature for Homeschool Connections, an online Catholic curriculum provider.

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Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc
5 Stars No One Can Top Pearce On Belloc
on February 21, 2003
Joseph Pearce has carved out a niche for himself as the primary biographer of Catholic Literary Greats. His volumes on Chesterton, Tolkien, and other literary figures are well worth reading. Although he has written of Hillaire Belloc in many of his other works, "Old Thunder" finally gives Belloc his due. The man who is remembered by many as a writer of children's verse is revealed to us as a powerhouse of journalism, fiction, and poetry. At the same time, we see a man of intense Catholic piety and devotion making his way through struggles with finances and the early loss of his greatly beloved wife. If you enjoy literary biography, you'll find Pearce is a master. Jump in with "Old Thunder" and make the rounds through all of Pearce's work.
Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc
4 Stars Consistent commitement to the Catholic Church lead to great literarture
on February 26, 2016
Joseph Pearce does an amazing job telling the story of a great literary figure who made the world a better place by his consistent commitment to Catholic teaching that influenced so many other great writers. This is a must read for those who think we must somehow hide our Catholic faith when we enter the public square.
Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc
5 Stars A good read about an interesting Catholic
on November 19, 2014
This is probably the most readable and accessible biography of Belloc in print. It's a very interesting account of one of the most vivid writers of the English Catholic revival of the first half of the 20th Century which Adam Schwartz called "The Third Spring."