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Digging Into the Bard's Beliefs | A Conversation with Joseph Pearce, author of Through Shakespeare's Eyes | March 19, 2010 | Ignatius Insight

Fulfilling the promise made in The Quest for Shakespeare, bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce's new book, Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays, analyzes three of Shakespeare's immortal plays--The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and King Lear--in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.

In The Quest for Shakespeare, which has been made into an EWTN television series, Pearce delved into the known biographical evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism. In Through Shakespeare's Eyes the popular and provocative author digs into the plays, which were written and first performed during the English crown's persecution of Catholics.

Pearce is the prolific author of several acclaimed biographies of major Catholic literary figures, including G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Hilaire Belloc, as well as several other works. He is a Writer in Residence and Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University in Florida, Editor-in-Chief of Ave Maria University Communications and Sapientia Press, as well as Co-Editor of the The Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an international review of Christian culture, literature.

He is also editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, a tradition-oriented alternative to popular textbook series such as the Norton Critical Editions or Oxford World Classics, designed to concentrate on traditional readings of the Classics of world literature.

Pearce recently spoke with Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, about Through Shakespeare's Eyes.

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