Description of this Deep in History Talk:

In this talk Joseph Pearce offers insight into the roots and context of the Catholic Literary Revival of the 19th and 20th centuries. He then surveys some of this period’s notable and remarkably numerous converts to the Catholic Church.

About the Speaker:

Joseph Pearce is the author of the literary biographies Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. Joseph’s new book Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love details his conversion from white-supremacist to coming to know a merciful savior. He recently appeared on EWTN’s The Journey Home Program which can be viewed here.

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  • Edwin

    This is brilliant and entertaining. I wrote a long comment but have windows8.1 so it is lost. G M Hopkins’ poetry is fantastic and beautiful, What about Milton and Blake? I cannot stand Milton’s puritanism but he is a great poet. How did Blake’s struggle with God end? The Victorians would have been horrified had they sensed the implications in the poems by Blake which they gave children to learn . At school in the 60s his “Jerusalem” had to be sung on Founder’s Day with patriotic gusto with all question marks excluded as if Jerusalem were built “On England’s green and pleasant land.” It suited us as we studied his poetry under an extremely intelligent agnostic teacher who stressed the question marks and made us aware of possible interpretations other than industrial establishments of “these dark satanic mills” he talks in another poem of “factories of the mind” and the poem “To Nobodaddy or the God worshipped in the English Churches” begins “Truly my Satan, thou art but a dunce”.. My teacher instilled a love of literature and encouraged us to read far outside the curriculum, for example Yevtushenko and Bob Dylan. I lost touch with modern English literature and am delighted to have found new authors to explore having listened to your account here, I also like Crabbe’s poetry. Many thanks,.