Tolkien: Man and Myth

“Pearce writes beautifully and with great depth, and the Tolkien who emerges is an impressive being - a man of literary strength and respectability.”
—The Tablet

by Joseph Pearce

Tolkien: Man and Myth observes the relationships that the master writer had with his closest literary colleagues. It reveals his unique 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.

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Tolkien: A Celebration

“Tolkien needs to be celebrated, because he and his writings were celebrations of the human spirit, imagination and spiritual genius. Joseph Pearce has given us a fine compilation of wit and wisdom about the great man, one that should be read by everyone concerned with the permanent things.”
—Michael Coren, Author, Tolkien: The Man Who Created Middle-Earth

Edited by Joseph Pearce

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.

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The Philosophy of Tolkien

“Peter Kreeft writes so well! What a joy to see his acrobatic mind capering with philosophical delight in the presence of elves, hobbits, men, dwarves and angels.”
—Joseph Pearce, Author, Tolkien: Man and Myth

THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOLKIEN The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings
by Peter J. Kreeft

While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.

Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. He organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of LOTR. Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an engaging introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in LOTR, Kreeft presents tools by which they can be understood.

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Lord of the Elves and Eldils

“The great importance of [Lewis and Tolkien] is that they have succeeded in restating certain traditional values—in a way that they make an imaginative appeal to a very wide audience, young and old, traditionalist and non-traditionalist.”
—Richard Purtill, Author

Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
by Richard Purtill

This examination of the fantasy and philosophy of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien allows us to see what is good and true in literature. Though the worlds and characters that Lewis and Tolkien created came from imagination, the ideas and values they embodied came from truth, allowing the reader to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around himself. This is why their works have such resonance, why so many readers return again and again to the works of Tolkien and Lewis to be refreshed and nourished by the truth that can be found in the pages of their books.

Richard Purtill takes the reader through a guided tour of the works of Lewis and Tolkien. As we explore the lands and planets that these brilliant writers conjured up, one can see with greater clarity what makes literature great, and what makes fantasy important.

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Literary Converts

“In Literary Converts, Joseph Pearce has scrutinized this roster of converts and found in it such names as Ronald Knox, R.H. Benson, G.K. Chesterton, Christopher Dawson, and many more. Catholic believers will be immensely heartened, and Christians (or others) who are not Catholic, are bound to find the whole thing vastly intriguing, if not positively convincing. Highly recommended.”
—Thomas Howard, Author, On Being Catholic

Literary Converts
by Joseph Pearce

Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of the greatest writers in the English language: Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, C.S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, Graham Greene, Edith Sitwell, Siegfried Sassoon, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, T.S. Eliot and J.R.R. Tolkien. The role of George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells in intensifying the religious debate despite not being converts themselves is also considered. Many will be intrigued to know more about what inspired their literary heroes; others will find the association of such names with Christian belief surprising or even controversial. Whatever viewpoint we may have, Literary Converts touches on some of the most important questions of the twentieth century, making it a fascinating read.

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Literary Giants, Literary Catholics

Literary Giants, Literary Catholics
by Joseph Pearce

British author Joseph Pearce has firmly established himself as the premier literary biographer of our time, especially in interpreting the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition. In this book, Pearce examines a plethora of authors, taking the reader through a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Literary Giants, Literary Catholics covers the vast terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh.

Focusing on the literary revival of the 20th century, Joseph Pearce touches on well-known authors like G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien, but also introduces readers to lesser-known writers like Roy Campell, Maurice Baring, and Owen Barfield. Anyone who appreciates English literature will be entranced by the wealth and depth of this new masterpiece.

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