Hilaire Belloc. "On Courtesy." from Complete Verse (London: Pimlico, 1994).
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Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his writing collaboration with G. K. Chesterton. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. He is the author of many books including Cautionary Tales for Children, The Servile State, The Great Heresies, Europe and the Faith, High Lights of the French Revolution, The Bad Child's Book Of Beasts, The Path To Rome, and Marie Antoinette.
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