Formerly the Writer-in-Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Florida where he worked for twelve years, Mr. Pearce is an accomplished tutor, teacher, and public speaker. Originally from London, England, Mr. Pearce was once involved in radical politics. An agnostic, rebel, and risk-taker, Mr. Pearce’s political daring found him in a tight spot more than once. Several years later, after coming upon the works of G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Pearce had a deep spiritual conversion. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1989. Since then, Mr. Pearce has written bestselling books on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, J. R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, and others. He has authored more than a dozen books, all of which correspond to the Catholic intellectual tradition while exploring the vivacity of a life of Faith. Some of his works include: G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001), The Quest for Shakespeare (Ignatius, 2008) and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius, 2002), Beauteous Truth (2014), Merrie England (2016), among others. He is the series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.
He is currently directing the Faith & Culture initiative at the Augustine Institute, editing faithandculture.com