Samford’s Beeson Divinity School presented
its annual John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography to Joseph
Pearce, writer-in-residence at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Mich.,
for his book Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile.
Pearce’s book on the Russian literary giant, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
was published by Baker Books in 2001.
Of the work, reviewer Edward E. Erickson said, “Joseph Pearce
is best on what matters most about Solzhenitsyn: the centrality
of the author’s faith.” Ericson is an English professor
at Calvin College in Michigan and himself author of a book on Solzhenitsyn.
Another reviewer, author David Aikman, said, “[Pearce] has
grasped with great insight the spiritual core of Solzhenitsyn’s
achievement as a writer, and indeed as a prophet to Russia and the
Beeson began presenting the Pollock Award in 2001. It is named
for a British author of more than 30 books on religion, the majority
of them biographies of Christian leaders.
This year’s recipient, Pearce, has written eight books on
such literary figures as J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, Oscar
Wilde and others. He also teaches literature and lyric poetry at
Ave Maria College.
Pollock, whose work inspired the Samford award, attended this
year’s award ceremony May 23. The author, now 78 and a resident
of Devonshire, England, was at Samford to receive an honorary doctor
of letters degree during commencement May 25.