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 ShakespeareTolkien: Man and MythThe Unmasking of Oscar WildeC. S. Lewis and The Catholic ChurchLiterary ConvertsWisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. ChestertonSolzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.

Recent blog posts by this author

Refugees vs. Immigrants: Let's Not Conflate the Two

A couple of months ago, when I first began writing for Intellectual Takeout, I wrote a piece about the difference between arguing and quarreling. I referred to G. K. Chesterton’s quip, concerning his relationship with his brother, that they were...

How TV's Drip-Feed Destroys Your Mind

Many years ago, my wife and I decided to unplug ourselves from the prurience and propaganda piped into our homes via the television. It was one of the best decisions we ever made—and one of the most liberating. It freed us from hours of passive...

Why Did Dante’s Inferno Have a Real-Life Saint in Hell?

If one were asked to name the greatest work of literature of all time, there would be only a handful of serious contenders. Both of Homer’s classics would make the short list. Perhaps Virgil’s epic would also qualify. Possibly one or two of...

The Case Against Unfettered Globalization

There are many ways in which the freedoms that we’ve taken for granted are being taken from us. One of the most egregious is the way in which the rise of globalism has led to the ongoing erosion of national sovereignty. Does this matter? Are...

In Defense of Hamlet: No, the Play is not Misogynistic

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably the greatest play ever written. It is, however, also one of the most misunderstood. One could write a book, or perhaps a whole shelf-full of books, on the way in which the play is misconstrued by critics, or the...

The Decay of our Language is Happening

"Political chaos is connected with the decay of language."   -George Orwell   In an article entitled “Valuing Vocabulary,” published Friday (May 20), Cherie Harder, President of the Trinity Forum, connects the state of modern...

18 Ways Lord of Rings is Christian Allegory

Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Is it possible to summarize this dimension of Tolkien’s magnum opus in fewer than 600 words? You better believe it!  The connections...

How to Actually 'Make America Great'

As an angry young man, back in my native England, I thought that the world could be fixed through the power of politics. As a not very angry and not very young man, now living in the United States, I have long since abandoned the belief that...

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Book-burning serves as a powerful symbol of the dangers of totalitarianism and ideological intolerance. It conjures up images of Nazis throwing books deemed “un-German” on bonfires. It inspired authors of dystopian novels, such as George Orwell and...

Can We Really Know Ourselves?

"This above all: To thine own self be true." - Polonius (From Hamlet) "Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou...

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