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Encyclopedia Of Catholic Literature

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The Roman Catholic faith has inspired some of the world's greatest creative works and has been a powerful force in history from the Roman Empire to the present. Catholic writers reflect their heritage in their works, and generations of readers have continued to appreciate the Catholic literary tradition. Many works by Catholic writers hold a high place in the literary canon and have exerted a tremendous cultural and political influence. Still others continue to be widely read by contemporary readers and quietly ...

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Overview

The Roman Catholic faith has inspired some of the world's greatest creative works and has been a powerful force in history from the Roman Empire to the present. Catholic writers reflect their heritage in their works, and generations of readers have continued to appreciate the Catholic literary tradition. Many works by Catholic writers hold a high place in the literary canon and have exerted a tremendous cultural and political influence. Still others continue to be widely read by contemporary readers and quietly shape modern society. Some works, too, reflect the conflicts of the Catholic Church in the 21st century and capture the struggles of individual Catholics in a secular society. This encyclopedia covers the vast riches of the Catholic literary tradition from its origins to the present day.

Included are substantial entries on more than 70 major works from around the world. A special effort has been made to cover women writers and writers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, whose works reflect the many dimensions of the Catholic experience. The encyclopedia provides entries on such writers and works as St. Augustine's Confessions, Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, Dante's The Divine Comedy, Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Muriel Spark's Memento Mori. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography of the writer, a plot summary of a major work, an extended critical discussion, an overview of the work's critical reception, and a selected bibliography. The entries give detailed attention to particular works and explore their relation to Catholic thought. The encyclopedia concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

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Representing such genres as fiction, drama, poetry, autobiography, letters, theology, and philosophy, this timely reference work examines over 70 works of literature that contain concepts reflecting Catholic perspectives. Although it focuses on the 20th century, the encyclopedia includes works that span 17 centuries, from Confessions of St. Augustine (397 A.D.) to medieval writers Hildegard of Bingen, Dante, and Chaucer, to 19th-century authors such as John Henry Newman and Th r se of Lisieux. And even though all the works deal with some aspect or challenge of the Catholic faith, not all the authors featured were themselves Roman Catholic (e.g., Protestant Willa Cather and Anglican T.S. Eliot). Reichardt (English & Catholic studies, Univ. of St. Thomas) has enlisted scholars in each field to compose the entries, which include author biographies, a summary and analysis of the work, and an overview of critical reactions. Bottom Line Though the brevity of the entries (which average about ten pages) results in omissions and condensations of information, this resource provides a good overview of Catholic thought as embodied in works that are literary rather than doctrinal. Of interest to academic and larger public libraries.-Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313322891
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Two Volume Set, Vol. One & Vol. Two
  • Pages: 890

Meet the Author

MARY R. REICHARDT is Professor of Catholic Studies and English at the University of St. Thomas. Her previous books include Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Peter Abelard, The letters of Abelard and Heloise 1
Angela of Foligno, The book of the blessed Angela of Foligno 11
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions of St. Augustine 20
Hilaire Belloc, The path to Rome 30
Georges Bernanos, The diary of a country priest 41
Heinrich Boll, Group portrait with lady 52
Orestes Brownson, The spirit-rapper; an autobiography 62
Willa Cather, Death comes for the archbishop 73
Catherine of Siena, Dialogue 82
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury tales 93
G. K. Chesterton, The everlasting man 105
Sandra Cisneros, The house on Mango Street 115
Paul Claudel, Break of noon 124
Elizabeth Cullinan, House of gold 135
Dante Alighieri, The divine comedy 143
Dorothy Day, The long loneliness 155
Annie Dillard, Holy the firm 167
Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Babette's feast 178
John Dryden, The hind and the panther 187
Andre Dubus, Voices from the moon 200
William Dunbar, poems 211
T. S. Eliot, Four quartets 222
Shusaku Endo, Silence 233
Desiderius Erasmus, The praise of folly 244
William Everson (Brother Antoninus), The veritable years : poems 1949-1966 255
Rumer Godden, In this house of Brede 267
Caroline Gordon, The malefactors 278
Mary Gordon, Final payments 290
Graham Greene, The power and the glory 299
Ron Hansen, Mariette in ecstasy 307
Jon Hassler, North of hope 316
Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias 327
Gerard Manley Hopkins, poems 337
John of the Cross, The dark night of the soul 348
James Joyce, A portrait of the artist as a young man 359
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Response to Sor Filotea 369
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of divine love 379
Christopher J. Koch, The year of living dangerously 390
Mary Lavin, Selected stories 401
Robert Lax, The circus of the sun 412
Gertrud von le Fort, The song at the scaffold 422
Denise Levertov, The stream and the sapphire 430
Francois Mauriac, Viper's tangle and a woman of the Pharisees 439
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain 449
Alice Meynell, poems 460
Brian Moore, Catholics 472
Thomas More, Utopia 481
John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua 493
John Henry Newman, Loss and gain, The story of a convert and Callista, a sketch of the third century 503
Kathleen Norris, The cloister walk 513
Flannery O'Connor, Wise blood 521
Flannery O'Connor, Short stories 531
Walker Percy, Lancelot 541
Alexander Pope, Essay on man 552
Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of fools 563
J. F. Powers, Morte d'Urban 575
Jessica Powers, poems 585
Piers Paul Read, A season in the West 597
Christina Rossetti, poems 606
Dorothy L. Sayers, The man born to be king 617
Elizabeth Ann Seton, Letters of Mother Seton to Mrs. Julianna Scott 628
Henryk Sienkiewics, Quo Vadis? 638
Muriel Spark, Memento Mori 650
Edith Stein, Essays on woman 660
Jean Sulivan, Eternity, my beloved 671
Henry Suso, Exemplar 681
Teresa of Avila, The interior castle 692
Therese of Lisieux, Story of a soul 703
J. R. R. Tolkien, The lord of the rings 714
Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter 724
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead revisited 736
Evelyn Waugh, Sword of honor 748
Simone Weil, Waiting for God 761
Antonia White, Frost in May 772
Larry Worwode, Beyond the bedroom wall 784
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