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Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn are the focus of lectures by biographer and professor of literature Joseph Pearce this week on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus this week.
Pearce will speak on his book Tolkien: Man and Myth in a 7 p.m. presentation Wednesday, March 8, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. He will discuss author of the Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the relationships that Tolkien had with his closest literary colleagues.
“He (Pearce) is internationally recognized as a careful biographer, and engaging writer and speaker,” said Dr. David Rozema, chair of the UNK Department of Philosophy.
In a second lecture set for 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Pearce will discuss another of his biographies, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile. Pearce traveled to Moscow to interview the Nobel Prize winning author who was imprisoned from 1945 – 1953 for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin. Solzhenitsyn’s writings include One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, The FirstCircle, Warning to the West and others.
Pearce is Writer in Residence and an associate professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla. He has authored more than 15 books.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.