Joseph Pearce

Formerly the Writer-in-Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Florida where he worked for twelve years, Mr. Pearce is an accomplished tutor, teacher, and public speaker. Originally from London, England, Mr. Pearce was once involved in radical politics. An agnostic, rebel, and risk-taker, Mr. Pearce’s political daring found him in a tight spot more than once. Several years later, after coming upon the works of G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Pearce had a deep spiritual conversion. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1989. Since then, Mr. Pearce has written bestselling books on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, J. R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, and others. He has authored more than a dozen books, all of which correspond to the Catholic intellectual tradition while exploring the vivacity of a life of Faith. Some of his works include: G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001), The Quest for Shakespeare (Ignatius, 2008) and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius, 2002), Beauteous Truth (2014), Merrie England (2016), among others.  He is the series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (, which focuses on traditional readings of the Classics of world literature; he is also executive director of Catholic Courses (, and editor of the St. Austin Review ( Mr. Pearce has hosted two thirteen-part television series for EWTN on Shakespeare’s Catholicism, and is in the midst of filming special documentaries for EWTN on Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.

He is currently directing the Faith & Culture initiative at the Augustine Institute, editing and overseeing the publication of new titles for the new Faith & Culture Books imprint and for the soon-to-be-launched “What Every Catholic Should Know” series.


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