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Pearce, Joseph 1961-

Works: 112 works in 354 publications in 5 languages and 9,098 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Essays  Drama  Christian poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Compiler
Classifications: PR6039.O32, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joseph Pearce
Solzhenitsyn : a soul in exile by Joseph Pearce( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on exclusive, personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's book provides insight into a towering literary and political figure. From his pro-Communist youth to his imprisonment in the Gulags, his exile in America to his return to Russia, this is the story of a man who has struggled with the most weighty questions of humanity. When a person has suffered the most terrible physical and emotional torture, what becomes of his spirit? Can politics and economics truly provide the answers a modern society needs? If peace and justice are never fully attained, what hope is there for the future? Arguably one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, Solzhenitsyn has, both before and after the fall of Communism, spoken out against the Russian regime. His faith has deeply informed his literary approach and response to the excesses of modern materialism. On the spiritual, cultural, and socio-political level, his writings have much to teach the world. This biography contains previously unpublished prose poems, written by Solzhenitsyn since his return to Russia, and a gallery of rare photographs
Tolkien : man and myth by Joseph Pearce( Book )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took first place in a recent national poll to find the greatest book of the century. He may be the most popular writer of our age, but Tolkien is often misunderstood. This major new study of his life, his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote. Tolkien: Man and Myth observes the relationships that the master writer had with his closest literary colleagues. It reveals his uneasy relationship with C.S. Lewis, the writer of the Narnia books, and the roots of their estrangement. In this original book about a leading literary life, Joseph Pearce enters the world created by Tolkien in the seven books published during his lifetime. He explores the significance of Middle Earth and what it represented in Tolkien's thinking. Myth, to him, was not a leap from reality but a leap into reality. The impact of his great notoriety, his relationship with material possessions and his traditional religious faith are all explored, making it possible to understand both the man and the myth he created. - Back cover
Wisdom and innocence : a life of G.K. Chesterton by Joseph Pearce( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Small is still beautiful : economics as if families mattered by Joseph Pearce( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and French and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the relevance of E.F. Schumacher's 1973 book "Small Is Beautiful" in the twenty-first century, discussing his call for a scaling down of the Western pursuit of wealth and a change of values in order to protect the earth and the human soul
Frodo's journey : discovering the hidden meaning of The Lord of the Rings by Joseph Pearce( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though the cultural impact of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" is undeniable, the deeper meaning of the story often goes unnoticed. Joseph Pearce uncovers the rich--and distinctly Christian--meaning just beneath the surface of the epic, revealing the deeper, spiritual significance of Frodo's perilous trek from the Shire to Mordor
Literary converts : spiritual inspiration in an age of unbelief by Joseph Pearce( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unmasking of Oscar Wilde by Joseph Pearce( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vilified by fellow Victorians for his sexuality and his dandyism, Oscar Wilde, a great poet, satirist and playwright is hailed today in some circles, as a "progressive" sexual liberator. But this is not how Wilde saw himself. This study of Wilde's brilliant and tragic life shows the real Oscar Wilde
The quest for Shakespeare by Joseph Pearce( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and beliefs of William Shakespeare, presenting evidence to support the author's argument that the playwright was a member of the Catholic faith, and looking at how the religion informed his writing
Old thunder : a life of Hilaire Belloc by Joseph Pearce( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important, revered and reviled writers of the twentieth century. A social commentator, a master of finely crafted prose and a poet of great wit, he continues to fascinate. The author examines the lasting impact of this prolific writer and social commentator on British intellectual life."--Jacket
Tolkien--a celebration : collected writings on a literary legacy( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anticipating the great amount of interest in Tolkien's writings due in part to the major theatrical movie release on his classic The Lord of the Rings, this highly readable collection of writings celebrates J.R.R. Tolkien's great literary legacy and the spiritual values that undergird his imaginary Middle-earth. Tolkien: A Celebration includes personal recollections by George Sayer and Walter Hooper, and many fascinating pieces by authors such as James Schall, S.J., Stratford Caldecott and Stephen Lawhead, exploring the threads of inspiration and purpose in his major works. These dip into subjects such as The Sense of Time in Lord of the Rings, Tolkien: Master of Middle-earth, and Tolkien, Lewis and Christian Myth. Fourteen writers contributed to this insightful work on Tolkien, and it will be much-treasured by those who regard him as a literary hero. - Publisher
C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph Pearce( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are many Protestants and Catholics who have been deeply affected and spiritually changed by the writings of C.S. Lewis, including many converts to Catholicism who credit C.S. Lewis for playing a significant role in their conversion. But the ironic and perplexing fact is that Lewis himself, while "Catholic" in many aspects of his faith and devotion, never became a Roman Catholic. Many have wondered why. Joseph Pearce, highly regarded literary biographer and great admirer of Lewis, is the ideal writer to try to answer that question. The relationship of Lewis to the Roman Catholic Church is an important and intriguing topic of interest to both Catholics and Protestants. Pearce delves into all the issues, questions, and factors regarding this puzzling question. He gives a broad and detailed analysis of the historical, biographical, theological, and literary pieces of this puzzle. His findings set forth the objective shape of Lewis's theological and spiritual works in their relation to the Catholic Church. This well-written book brings new insights into a great Christian writer, and it should spark lively discussion among Lewis readers and bring about a better understanding of the spiritual beliefs of C.S. Lewis. - Publisher
Literary giants, literary Catholics by Joseph Pearce( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Catholic Literary Giants, Joseph Pearce takes the reader on a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Covering the vast and impressive terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh, this book is an immersion into the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition with one of today's premier literary biographers as our guide. Focusing especially on the literary revival of the twentieth century, Pearce explores well-known authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene and J.R.R. Tolkien, while introducing lesser-known writers Roy Campbell, Maurice Baring, Owen Barfield and others. He even includes the new saint, Pope John Paul II, who wrote many literary and poetic pieces, among them the story that was made into a feature film, The Jeweler's Shop
Bloomsbury and beyond : the friends and enemies of Roy Campbell by Joseph Pearce( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unafraid of Virginia Woolf : the friends and enemies of Roy Campbell by Joseph Pearce( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roy Campbell (1902-57) led an unquiet life marked by numerous affairs (both real and imagined), brawls (he once attacked Stephen Spender on stage during a poetry recital), and assorted stunts (with the help of Dylan Thomas, he once ate a vase of daffodils in celebration of St. David's Day). It was also marked by numerous scandals, often concerning Campbell's relationship with Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury group, about whom he remarked in "The Georgiad": "Hither flock all the crowds whom love has wrecked / Of intellectuals without intellect / And sexless folk whose sexes intersect ... "" "Capturing the imagination of the English intelligentsia with his romantic background and controversial style, Campbell was acknowledged as one of the finest poets of his generation. Joseph Pearce's biography vividly recounts the story of Campbell's wonderfully romantic life, including his youth in South America, his dangerous sojourn in revolutionary Spain during World War II, the literary friendship he forged with figures such as C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and the Sitwells, and his and his wife Mary's eventual conversion to Roman Catholicism. In Pearce's judgement, Campbell's poetry was "both perplexing and challenging - yet no more so than the poet himself.""--Jacket
In defense of sanity : the best essays of G.K. Chesterton by G. K Chesterton( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

G.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. But reading his essays is not just an exercise in studying a literary form at its finest, it is an encounter with timeless truths that jump off the page as fresh and powerful as the day they were written. Three of the world's leading authorities on Chesterton have joined together to select the "best" Chesterton essays to compile this volume
Through Shakespeare's eyes : seeing the Catholic presence in the plays by Joseph Pearce( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pearce analyzes three of Shakespeare's immortal plays in order to uncover evidence of the Bard's Catholic beliefs
Flowers of heaven : one thousand years of Christian verse( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare on love : seeing the Catholic presence in Romeo and Juliet by Joseph Pearce( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having given the evidence for William Shakespeare's Catholicism in two previous books, literary biographer Joseph Pearce turns his attention in this work to the Bard's most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. "Star-crossed" Romeo and Juliet are Shakespeare's most famous lovers and perhaps the most well-known lovers in literary history. Though the young pair has been held up as a romantic ideal, the play is a tragedy, ending in death. What then, asks Pearce, is Shakespeare saying about his protagonists? Are they the hapless victims of fate, or are they partly to blame for their deaths? Is their love the "real thing", or is it self-indulgent passion? And what about the adults in their lives? Did they give the young people the example and guidance that they needed? The Catholic understanding of sexual desire, and its need to be ruled by reason, is on display in Romeo and Juliet, argues Pearce. The play is not a paean to romance but a cautionary tale about the naivete and folly of youthful infatuation and the disastrous consequences of poor parenting. The well-known characters and their oft-quoted lines are rich in symbolic meaning that points us in the direction of the age-old wisdom of the Church. Although such a reading of Romeo and Juliet is countercultural in an age that glorifies the heedless and headless heart of young love, Pearce makes his case through a meticulous engagement with Shakespeare and his age and with the text of the play itself -- provided by publisher
The confessions : with an introduction and contemporary criticism by Augustine( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions. This translation makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers and combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine
The tragedy of King Lear : with classic and contemporary criticisms by William Shakespeare( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Solzhenitsyn : a soul in exile
Tolkien : man and mythWisdom and innocence : a life of G.K. ChestertonSmall is still beautiful : economics as if families matteredLiterary converts : spiritual inspiration in an age of unbeliefThe unmasking of Oscar WildeThe quest for ShakespeareOld thunder : a life of Hilaire BellocTolkien--a celebration : collected writings on a literary legacy
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Joseph Pearce Brits dichter

Joseph Pearce brytyjski pisarz, krytyk literacki

Joseph Pearce English-American writer

Joseph Pearce escritor, biógrafo y profesor de literatura estadounidense

Pearce, Joseph

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ピアース, J

English (182)

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