Joseph Pearce

About Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. A native of England, Mr. Pearce is Director of Book Publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, editor of Faith & Culture, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. He is the author of numerous books, which include The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, and Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia.

“The Betrothed”: The Greatest Novel Ever Written?

By |2019-04-09T01:37:15-05:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Editor’s Note: Exclusive to The Imaginative Conservative, this essay is a chapter on Allessandro Manzoni from Joseph Pearce’s forthcoming book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know. If the great masterpiece of Italian literature, Dante’s Divine Comedy, could realistically be acclaimed as the greatest poem ever written, the other great masterpiece of Italian literature, The Betrothed (I [...]

Drama versus Tyranny

By |2019-04-06T22:49:39-05:00April 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Theater|

Going to the theatre is not a means of escaping from the “real world” and all its problems; nor is it a purely passive activity, or merely recreational, as in watching a ball game. Or at least it needn’t be, and sometimes shouldn’t be. Great drama—great art—can edify. It can enlighten; it can lift us [...]

American Literature and the Catholic Faith

By |2019-03-30T22:37:17-05:00March 30th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors|

It’s difficult to know where to start or finish in any discussion of the connection between American literature and the Catholic Faith. The whole topic is fraught with complexity, as is the relationship between the American nation and the Catholic Faith, or American history and the Catholic Faith. There are few American writers who [...]

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

By |2019-03-12T21:39:34-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Imagination, Joseph Pearce|

Some adages are so well-worn by constant use and abuse that they are considered truisms. We begin to assume that they are true without really thinking about them, making truth itself both trite and trivial. One such adage is the belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Such a belief makes beauty [...]

A Light in the East: Thoughts on Education from Japan

By |2019-03-07T00:26:45-05:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Education, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Having read Fr. Peter Milward’s book, My Idea of a University in Japan, I am firmly of the opinion that it needs an audience in the West. It is universally applicable and relevant to those seeking a deeper understanding of what constitutes an authentic university education. Last year saw the passing of Fr. Peter Milward, [...]

We All Need to Support the Catholic Arts

By |2019-03-02T15:48:17-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The great Catholic poet Gerard Manley Hopkins tells us that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” This is so wonderfully true that, if we have eyes opened in humility, we can see God’s grandeur shining forth in all that is truly beautiful in Creation. We see it in the multifarious shades [...]

The Dangers of Russophobia

By |2019-02-27T13:37:45-05:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Character, Communism, Government, Joseph Pearce, Political Philosophy, Politics, Russia, Senior Contributors|

We should not confuse or conflate Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet leaders, such as Josef Stalin. They are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese. Nowhere is this more evident than the way in which Mr. Putin has shown himself to be a great admirer of the anti-Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Special [...]

The Derisive Fall of the Oxford Union

By |2019-02-21T12:24:29-05:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Religion, Senior Contributors|

Where, one wonders, in these sad and tawdry days, can we find students of the holy ilk of Chaucer's pilgrim who place faith and reason ahead of priggish pomp and political pontificating? Not, it seems, at the Oxford Union... I am in receipt of an invitation to address the Oxford Union from its President, Daniel [...]

True Love: Passionate Reason versus Romantic Feeling

By |2019-01-24T11:28:19-05:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Christian Living, Christianity, Community, Compassion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Love, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

Oh, love to some is like a cloud, To some as strong as steel, For some a way of living, For some a way to feel, And some say love is holding on And some say letting go, And some say love is everything And some say they don’t know.   John Denver (Perhaps [...]

The Faith and the South

By |2019-02-08T21:42:23-05:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Catholicism, Christianity, History, Joseph Pearce, Religion, Senior Contributors, South|

When we think of “the faith and the South” we tend to think of Protestantism in general, and perhaps the Southern Baptists in particular, especially in terms of the so-called Bible Belt. There is, however, much more to the South than the Protestant evangelical or fundamentalist culture that has made its presence felt, socially [...]