Léon Bloy: A Study in Impatience
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By Albert Béguin
Léon Bloy: A Study in Impatience is neither criticism nor canonization. Instead, Albert Béguin simply presents the person and the preacher of the “Pilgrim of the Absolute,” a man with brilliant insights into the world as it could be and terrible impatience with the world as it was. Bloy’s writings shed a tremendous, at times blinding, light upon the central mysteries of human existence. Readers who have encountered Bloy in his novels or in his diary (The Pilgrim of the Absolute) will find in Béguin a worthy guide in the journey to understanding—and respecting—one of the most fascinating and difficult minds of our age.
“It is characteristic of love to be impatient, and extreme love is extremely impatient.” –Léon Bloy
Albert Béguin (1901-1957) was a Swiss author, translator, teacher, and publisher. He directed Éditions La Baconnière, whose authors included Charles Péguy and Pierre Emmanuel. Béguin succeeded Emmanuel Mounier as editor of Espirit and then served as literary executor for Georges Bernanos until his death.
Léon Bloy (1846–1917) was a French poet, polemicist, and novelist. He is best known for his novel The Woman Who Was Poor.