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Catholic Literary Giants

Join Joseph Pearce, the premier literary biographer of our time and author of the book Catholic Literary Giants, and step into the worlds of six favorite Catholic authors — Shakespeare, Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, and Tolkien — to get excited about how six great writers have so much to offer.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: An interest in literature and great Catholic writers

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature


Learn six Catholic literary giants who continue to positively influence our world today: Shakespeare, Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, and Tolkien. This dynamic course offers an introduction to each writer and an overview of their life and work. Understanding the author helps you, the reader, read with clarity, understanding, and the ability to think critically and keenly in all of your high school and college literature (and literature analysis) courses.


Day 1: Shakespeare

Day 2: Newman

Day 3: Hopkins

Day 4: Belloc

Day 5: Chesterton

Day 6: Tolkien

Materials and Homework

Course materials: There are no required texts. Optional: Catholic Literary Giants by Joseph Pearce [Ignatius Press], ISBN 978-1586179441 (https://amzn.to/2Yms4lP).

Homework: Students should take the quiz for each class as promptly as possible. Estimated homework time: 1 hour per week.

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