Definitely worth seeing; he's the chief advocate of the Tolkien-as-
Catholic-writer subschool of Tolkien studies, bringing a spotlight on
an aspect of Tolkien's thought that was rather skimped on before his
collection TOLKIEN: A CELEBRATION and book TOLKIEN: MAN AND MYTH
(which starts with a lively account of Tolkien winning that best book
poll and the outcry that followed). He's also written on C. S. Lewis
and G. K. Chesterton and Oscar Wilde, as well as less savory
characters such as Roy Campbell; wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't
do a book on Waugh someday. Be warned though that he doesn't let
inconvenient facts get in the way of his arguments and his tolerance
of contrary positions seems to be low.
Which reminds me: haven't seen his new(ish) book LITERARY GIANTS,
LITERARY CATHOLICS, which apparently covers not just Tolkien and
Campbell but Lewis (not Catholic) and Owen Barfield (Christian but
extremely heterodox), among others. Is it a sort of "greatest hits"
collection like LITERARY CONVERTS (which included the actor Alex
Guinness among the "Catholic Writers" he covered) or a new work with
a new focus? Does he have anything interesting to say about Tolkien
& the Inklings therein?
At any rate, I'd definitely go if I were in the area. If you do
make it, can you post a report of the event?
On Mar 4, 2006, at 7:58 AM, Matt Williams wrote:
> We recently moved to Kearney, NE where I am library director and
> discovered that there are 2 other Mythopoeic Society members here.
> Anyway, Joseph Pearce is speaking on Tolkien on Wed. at UNK. What
> does everyone think of him? Worth seeing?
> Matt Williams
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