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Joseph Pearce Books & Bio

Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is known for a number of literary biographies, many of Catholic figures. Formerly aligned with the National Front, a white nationalist political party, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1989, repudiated his earlier views, and now writes from a Catholic perspective. He is a co-editor of the St. Austin Review and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press. He also teaches Shakespearian literature for Homeschool Connections, an online Catholic curriculum provider. He has been one of the biggest promoters of Catholic Literature in the English-speaking world.
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    Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know

    The new What Every Catholic Should Know series is intended for the average faithful Catholic who wants to know more about Catholic faith and culture. The authors in this series take a panoramic approach to the topic of each book aimed at a non-specialist but enthusiastic readership. Forthcoming titles planned for this series include: literature, salvation, mercy, history, art, music and philosophy. In Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know, Joseph Pearce provides a survey of literary wor...

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    Heroes of the Catholic Reformation

    The Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago, accompanied by an age of turmoil and secularism we can recognize even in our own time. Rather than shrinking from the crisis, the Catholic Church responded with even deeper, and more genuine, reform. We can do the same today. This Catholic Reformation was accomplished by many defenders of the Faith whom we now know as saints. Their holiness, courageous deeds, and sacrifices during this renewal of the Catholic Faith demonstrate the true ...

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    The Quest for Shakespeare

    Highly regarded and best-selling literary writer and teacher, Joseph Pearce presents a stimulating and vivid biography of the world's most revered writer that is sure to be controversial. Unabashedly provocative, with scholarship, insight and keen observation, Pearce strives to separate historical fact from fiction about the beloved Bard. Shakespeare is not only one of the greatest figures in human history, he is also one of the most controversial and one of the most elusive. He is famous and...

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    Through Shakespeare's Eyes

    Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, The Quest for Shakespeare, bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays -The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and King Lear - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs. In The Quest for Shakespeare, which has been made into an EWTN television series, Pearce delved into the known biographical evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism. Here the popular and provocative author digs into th...

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    Poems Every Catholic Should Know

    Recognized by religious scholars and readers alike, Poems Every Catholic Should Know is an essential anthology for anyone desiring to explore the finest Christian verse of the second millennium. This uplifting collection brings together some of the most beloved works written by faithful followers of Christ. From High Middle Ages figures like Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Dante and Chaucer to sixteenth-century missionaries like Teresa Of Ávila, John Of The Cross and John Donne, this ...

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    Catholic Literary Giants

    Discover the faith through literature with Catholic Literary Giants, written by Joseph Pearce. This acclaimed book takes readers on an immersive journey into the wondrous depths of the Catholic literary tradition. Featuring beloved authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene and J.R.R. Tolkien and insightful commentary from Pearce, Catholic Literary Giants delves into the rich history and cultural significance of great wordsmiths from Dante to Shakespeare to Waugh. Introducing some lesser-...

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    Twelve Great Books: Going Deeper Into Classic Literature

    "Twelve Great Books: Going Deeper Into Classic Literature" by Joseph Pearce invites readers on an enlightening journey through twelve pivotal works that have shaped Christian civilization and the landscape of world literature. Pearce, an acclaimed literary critic, explores the profound truths rooted within these classics, offering insights into their historical, biographical, and spiritual contexts. From the tragic depths of "Othello" to the redemptive beauty of "A Christmas Carol," Pearce ac...

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    Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith

    Pope Benedict XVI will go down in Church history as one of the greatest popes. In this heartfelt defense of Pope Benedict's words and works, a tribute to his life and legacy and a homage to his sanity and sanctity, Joseph Pearce's biography provides an unforgettable encounter with this great historical figure. As the defender of the Faith, Pope Benedict XVI fought tirelessly and largely successfully against the forces of secularism first as the indomitable Ratzinger and then as the incomparab...

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    The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde

    Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, the great poet, satirist and playwright, is hailed today, in some circles, as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. His actions and pretensions did not bring him happiness and fulfillment. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life goes beyond the mistakes that brought him notoriety in order to explore this emotional and spiritual search.Unlike any other biography of Wilde, i...

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    Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc

    Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc is an essential read for any enthusiast of twentieth-century literature. Acclaimed biographer Joseph Pearce chronicles the life and work of one of the most compelling and important figures in British intellectual life, drawing on recently discovered and previously unpublished letters and photographs to provide a vivid, full-bodied portrait of Hilaire Belloc’s singular character. Peeling back the layers of mystery shrouding Belloc, this captivating biograp...

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    Bilbo's Journey

    Published by renowned Tolkien scholar Joseph Pearce, Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit is an eye-opening guide to one of the world's most beloved stories. This book offers readers an opportunity to both relive the captivating adventure of Bilbo Baggins and discover the hidden Christian meaning of The Hobbit. Going beyond Smaug and elves, Bilbo's Journey delves further into a story that speaks to us through ages.The journey follows Bilbo as he ventures out with a ho...

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