Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce a senior contributor to Crisis. He is director of book publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. An acclaimed biographer and literary scholar, his latest book, Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith, is newly published by TAN Books. His website is Joseph Pearce’s latest book, The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: History in Three Dimensions, is newly-published by Ignatius Press.

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The Hobbit in a Nutshell

At its deepest level, The Hobbit can be seen as a parabolic commentary on the words from St. Matthew’s Gospel that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.

C in a Nutshell

“C” by Maurice Baring is little known, but received the highest of praise from the French novelist André Maurois, who wrote that no book had given him such pleasure since his reading of Tolstoy, Proust, and certain novels by E.M. Forster.

The Ball and the Cross in a Nutshell

The overarching spirit of “The Ball and the Cross” can be encapsulated in a comment that Chesterton made of his relationship with his brother: we were always arguing, but we never quarreled.

Lord of the World in a Nutshell

Lord of the World foresees with astonishing prescience the rise of the cult of personality, long before the rise of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler

By What Authority? in a Nutshell

“By What Authority” brings the period of the Tudor Terror to life in a way that is hardly possible in a non-fictional historical narrative. We get to know the characters as they come to terms with the tyrannous time in which they’re living.

The Four Men in a Nutshell

Home, like Rome, is a “holy place,” and The Four Men is full of spiritual premonitions of “the character of enduring things” amid the decay of time.

A Tale of Two Cities in a Nutshell

Charles Dickens is arguably the finest writer in the English language after Shakespeare, and his “Tale of Two Cities” is by far his most popular work.

A Christmas Carol in a Nutshell

It may be Eastertide, but Christmas is in the air as Joseph Pearce continues his review series on the classics of Western literature.

Wuthering Heights in a Nutshell

The darkness of Wuthering Heights is driven by the refusal of the novel’s principal protagonists to love their neighbors or to forgive those who have sinned against them.

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