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Here is the distinctly surreal world of Henry King, who perished through his 'chief defect' of chewing little bits of string; of dishonest Matilda whose dreadful lies led her to death by burning; and of Godolphin Horne who 'held the human race in scorn' and ended as the boy 'who blacks the boots at the Savoy'. Here too are the beautiful lyrics of longing and loss; the sonnets and epigrams; the hugely enjoyable Bad Child's Book of Beasts - not to mention More Beasts for Worse Children; and The Modern Traveller, one of the finest satirical poems in English. Complete Verse reveals all of Hilaire Belloc's dazzling range and makes plain why he is one of the most truly popular poets of modern times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712650243
ISBN-10: 0712650245
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 8-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hilaire Belloc

Hillaire Belloc (1870-1953) was born in France, of part-French Catholic ancestry, and educated at Newman's Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1909, and again in 1910 he was liberal MP for Salford. He was an active journalist, literary editor of the Morning Post from 1906 to 1910, founder of the Eye-witness (1911) and writer of innumerable essays and reviews. As well as books of verse, he wrote on religous, social and political topics; biography; history; travel; literary criticism; and novels. The best remembered of his prose works include The Path to Rome (1902), Mr Clutterbuck's Election (1908), The Serville State (1912), The Cruise of the Nona (1925) and Belinda (1928).

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