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Hilaire Belloc Manuscript

Identifier: MSS 0158

Scope and Contents

This original autographed typescript with numerous holograph corrections and additions bears the title "Napoleon," on the cover and "The Death" on both the half-title page and first leaf and begins: "It was nightfall on Sunday the 29 th of April, 1821. Napoleon lay dying."


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Biographical or Historical Information

Joseph-Pierre Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was an historian, poet, essayist, biographer, novelist, and travel writer. He was born in Celle Saint-Cloud, a quiet suburb of Paris, in the same year the Prussian army defeated the French. After this defeat, Belloc's father and his English mother left France for England. When Belloc's father died, so did most French influences for the family, and Belloc became consummately English. Educated at the Oratory School run by John Henry Cardinal Newman, Belloc's Catholic education gave him a considerable knowledge of classical literature and history and a strong belief in religious doctrine. After brief military service as a French citizen, Belloc entered Balliol College, Oxford, in 1893. In 1896 he married Elodie Hogan of Napa, California.

Verses and Sonnets (1896) and The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896) launched Belloc on his literary career. He was a prolific writer, publishing more than two books per year throughout his thirties, all the while teaching, lecturing, writing reviews, and pursuing a political career. His political and religious ideas were often unpopular and controversial, but his books, particularly his travel accounts, were very well-received. Until the end of his life Belloc continued to write, but after the 1920s he seldom traveled far from his Sussex home. He died July 16, 1953.


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Joseph-Pierre Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was an historian, poet, essayist, biographer, novelist, and travel writer. This original autographed typescript bears the title "Napoleon," on the cover and "The Death" on both the half-title page and first leaf.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in November 2000.

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