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What is Catholic Fiction?

 What exactly constitutes Catholic fiction is difficult to define.  Of course there are the classics that everyone considers great Catholic fiction:  works by Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Evelyn Waugh, etc. Flannery O’Connor said that Catholic fiction is a “Catholic mind looking at anything.”  Our collection tends to interpret the concept of Catholic fiction rather loosely.  In general books by authors who are practicing Catholics or were raised in a Catholic culture, even if they might no longer be practicing, are considered Catholic fiction.  Authors who may disagree or dissent with certain individual Church positions are also considered as one of the most beneficial elements of reading good fiction is watching a character struggle with difficult questions.  Fiction is not the same as Theology although it can be used to help us live more human and compassionate lives.  Books that may not look at spiritual issues but are set within a Catholic culture, such as mysteries set in a medieval monastery, are also be included.  Light, escapist literature is as necessary as profound fiction.  However, authors who are virulently anti-Catholic or who merely use the trappings of Catholicism in order to titillate or who sensationalize Catholicism beyond anything recognizable are not considered Catholic for our purposes. 



Catholic Fiction Collection

Selections from the Catholic Fiction Collection at Beran Library

Cardinal Beran Library Catalog

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Resources on Catholic Fiction

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Aiming at Heaven, Getting the Earth - Marian E. Crowe
Call Number: PR 120 .C3 C76 (Book)
ISBN: 9780739116401
Publication Date: 2007-04-16

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American Catholic Arts and Fictions - Paul Giles; Albert Gelpi (Contribution by); Ross Posnock (Contribution by)
Call Number: PS 153.C3 G55 (Book)
ISBN: 0521417775
Publication Date: 1992-06-26

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Between Human and Divine - Mary R. Reichardt
Call Number: PS 153 .C3 B47 2010 (Book)
ISBN: 9780813217390
Publication Date: 2010-04-12

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Exploring Catholic Literature - Mary R. Reichardt
Call Number: REF PN 485 .R45 2003 (Reference)
ISBN: 0742531732
Publication Date: 2003-10-07

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Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature - Mary R. Reichardt
Call Number: REF PN 485 .E53 2004 (Reference)
ISBN: 0313322899
Publication Date: 2004-09-30

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The Catholic Imagination in American Literature - Ross Labrie
Call Number: PS153.C3 L33 1997 (Book)
ISBN: 0826211100
Publication Date: 1997-04-01

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Literary Giants, Literary Catholics - Joseph Pearce
Call Number: PR 471 .P434 2005 (Book)
ISBN: 1586170775
Publication Date: 2005-01-01

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All Good Books Are Catholic Books - Una M. Cadegan
Call Number: PN 485 .C324 2013 (Book)
ISBN: 9780801451126
Publication Date: 2013-09-24


Pope Francis' Favorite Novel

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The Betrothed - Alessandro Manzoni; Bruce Penman (Introduction by, Translator)
Call Number: PQ 4714 .A2 B48 1972 (Book)
ISBN: 9780140442748
Publication Date: 1984-03-06


Catholic Fiction for the College Student

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