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He was the second of six sons of Voltairean freethinker and stern disciplinarian Jean Baptiste Bloy and his wife Anne-Marie Carreau, pious Spanish-Catholic daughter of a Napoleonic soldier. After an agnostic and unhappy youth in which he cultivated an intense hatred for the Roman Catholic Church and its teaching, his father found him a job in Paris, where he went in In December , he met the aging Catholic author Barbey d'Aurevilly , who lived opposite him in rue Rousselet and became his mentor.
Shortly afterwards, he underwent a dramatic religious conversion. Bloy's works reflect a deepening devotion to the Catholic Church and most generally a tremendous craving for the Absolute. His devotion to religion resulted in a complete dependence on charity; he acquired his nickname "the ungrateful beggar" as a result of the many letters requesting financial aid from friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers, all the while carrying on with his literary work, in which his eight-volume Diary takes an important place.
Bloy was a friend of the author Joris-Karl Huysmans , the painter Georges Rouault , and the philosopher Jacques Maritain , and was instrumental in reconciling these intellectuals with Roman Catholicism. In addition to his published works, he left a large body of correspondence with public and literary figures.
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