A gorgeous new edition of this hilarious classic anthology of moral instruction! (1993-03-08)
From the Back Cover
The Chief Defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of String.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly knots inside
Hilaire Bellocs Cautionary Verses were first published in 1939. 416 pages of moral instruction! Seven books in one! 381 inspiring pictures! These were the tongue-in-cheek selling points for what was to become a classic anthology.
In this edition, which retains the charm of the original format, Quentin Blakes characteristically quirky pictures are set alongside the original illustrations by B.T.B., and add a new vigour to Bellocs verse. It will be welcomed by Belloc aficionados throughout the English-speaking world, as well as introducing the wit and elegance of one of the twentieth centurys most popular poets to a whole new readership.
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was born in France of part-French Catholic ancestry, and educated at Newmans Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1909, and again in 1910, he was Liberal MP for Salford. He was literary editor of the Morning Post from 1906 to 1910, founder of Eye-witness (1911) and author of innumerable essays and reviews. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics. The best remembered of his prose works include The Path to Rome (1902), Mr Clutterbucks Election (1908), The Servile State (1912), The Cruise of the Nona (1925) and Belinda (1928).