ERNEST HELLO (1828-1885) ,French critic, was
See also:born at
See also:Treguier . He was the son of a lawyer who held posts of
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See also:Rennes and in
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See also:Brittany . A very strong
See also:Roman Catholic, he appears to have been specially excited by his countryman
See also:Renan's attitude to religious matters, and coming under the influence of J . A .
See also:Barbey d'Aurevilly and
See also:Veuillot, the two most brilliant crusaders of the
See also:Church in the
See also:press, he started a newspaper of his own, Le Croise, in 1859; but it only lasted two years . He wrote, however, much in other papers . He had very
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See also:spinal or
See also:bone disease . But he was fortunate enough to meet with a wife, Zoe
See also:Berthier, who, ten years older than himself, and a friend for some years before their
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See also:book, Physionomie de
See also:saints (1875), which has been translated into
See also:English (1903) as Studies in
See also:ship, does not display his qualities best . Conies extraordinaires, published not long before his
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But the real Hello is to be found in aseries of philosophical and critical essays, from Renan, l'Allemagne et l'atheisme (1861), through L'Homme (1871) and
See also:Les Plateaux de la
See also:balance (188o), perhaps his chief book, to the posthumously published Le Siecle . The peculiarity of his standpoint and the originality and vigour of his handling make his studies, of
See also:Shakespeare, Hugo and others, of abiding importance as
See also:literary " triangulations," results of
See also:object, subject and point of view .
HELLEVOETSLUIS, or HELVOETSLUIS
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