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Belloc, Hilaire - Chesterton, G.K., collection

Identifier: GTM-190528

Content Description

Letters, manuscripts, printed source material and photographs relating to Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton.


  • 1919-1984
  • Majority of material found in 1920-1930

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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical / Historical

Hilaire Belloc (born 27 July 1870- 16 July 1953) was a distinguished English writer, poet, essayist, and historian. Born in La Celle-Saint Cloud, France, he was educated at the Oratory School in Birmingham. Belloc worked as a journalist and served in the French military before graduating with first-class honors in history from Balliol College, Oxford in 1894. Belloc subsequently wrote his first works: "Verses and Sonnets", published in 1895, and "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts", published in 1896. Belloc married Californian Elodie Hogan in 1896 before becoming a naturalized British subject in 1902. From 1906 to 1910, he then served as a member of Parliament. Notable historical works by Belloc include "Danton" (1899), "Robespierre" (1901), "The Path to Rome" (1902), "Europe and the Faith" (1920), "History of England" (1925-31), "James II" (1928), and "Wolsey" (1930). An experienced college debater and a devout Roman Catholic, Belloc was known for participating in fierce debates with H.G. Wells and Protestant historian G.C. Coulton. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (born 29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin. Source: Wikipedia


0.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Document Case)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph E. Jeffs, 1984; including possible purchases from sources not identified.

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Hilaire Belloc - G.K. Chesterton collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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