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Some of history’s most influential and recognizable literary works were written by famous Catholic authors. Who hasn’t heard classics like Ulysses or A Clockwork Orange? Who are the best Catholic authors? Some are writers who serve the church itself as a pope or bishop, while others are lay people of the Catholic faith who happen to be famous authors.
 
The authors on this list have written some of the most well-known novels of all time. These are stories that have challenged us, made us cry, inspired us to change, shown us the power of forgiveness, and motivated us to change the way we think about life. Some writers on this list have penned classic novels and works of literature, while others write specifically about theology and religion.
 
This list features the best Catholic authors of all time, many of whom have written classic literary works including, Alexander Pope, James Joyce, Anne Rice, Anthony Burgess, Brian Coffey, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton, and Fulton J. Sheen. Vote up the best Catholic writers and see where the authors you think are great rank.

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Augustine of Hippo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Augustine of Hippo Confessions of St. Augustine, City of God, On Christian Doctrine

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Thomas Aquinas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Thomas Aquinas Providence and Predestination, The Literal Exposition on Job

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
G. K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Blaise Pascal Pensées, Pensées and other writings, Thoughts on religion and philosophy

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy, Inferno, Convivio

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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Graham Greene Our Man in Havana, The Third Man, Across the Bridge

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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Evelyn Waugh The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Hombres En Armas

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Gerard Manley Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems and Prose, journals and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins, The later poetic manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins in facsimile

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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Hilaire Belloc Matilda, die so schrecklich log, The Pyrenees

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John Henry Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
John Henry Newman Apologia Pro Vita Sua, The Grammar of Assent, The Dream of Gerontius

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Thomas Merton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Thomas Merton The Vow of Poverty, The Seven Storey Mountain

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Flannery O'Connor Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Petrarch Canzoniere, Petrarch's Secretum, Petrarch's guide to the Holy Land

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Pope John Paul II Conmigo Dia Tras Dia, Redemptoris Mater

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Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Fulton J. Sheen The Prodigal World, Life is Worth Living-First and Second Series

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Jacques Maritain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Jacques Maritain Primauté du spirituel, Eléments de philosophie, El final del maquiavelismo

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Walker Percy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Walker Percy The Message in the Bottle, Diagnosing the Modern Malaise, The Thanatos Syndrome

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers

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Charles Maurras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Charles Maurras Mes idées politiques

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Georges Bernanos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Georges Bernanos Under the Sun of Satan, Essais et écrits de combat, Le crépuscule des vieux

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Paul Claudel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Paul Claudel Partage de midi, I Believe in God, The Satin Slipper

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Jean Raspail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Jean Raspail The Camp of the Saints, L' anneau du pécheur, Qui se souvient des hommes ...

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Henryk Sienkiewicz The Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross

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Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Honoré de Balzac Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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Jacques Laurent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Jacques Laurent Manon 70, Le secret du Chevalier d'Éon, Lucrèce Borgia

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Allen Tate Southern Vanguard, Three Commentaries, Mister Pope and Other Poems

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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Gene Wolfe An Evil Guest, Return to the Whorl, On Blue's Waters

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Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Alexander Pope Pastorals, Messiah

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Giovannino Guareschi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Giovannino Guareschi The Anger, Don Camillo's dilemma, Vita in famiglia

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Paul Bourget is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Paul Bourget L'étape, Le démon de midi, André Cornélis

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Léon Bloy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Léon Bloy Pilgrim of the absolute

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Giuseppe Ungaretti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Giuseppe Ungaretti Il taccuino del vecchio, 1952-1960, Sentimiento del Tiempo - La Tierra Prometida

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Dorothy Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Dorothy Day The Eleventh Virgin, Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement

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Romano Guardini is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Romano Guardini Von heiligen Zeichen, The life of faith, Die Lehre des Heil

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Maurice Barrès is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Maurice Barrès The Faith of France, The sacred hill, The soul of France

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Roger Nimier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Roger Nimier Elevator to the Gallows, I Vinti, Les Épées

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Léon Daudet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Catholic Authors

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Auberon Waugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Auberon Waugh Crash the Ash, The Way of the World, Path of Dalliace

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George Mackay Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
George Mackay Brown Beside the Ocean of Time, Vinland, Time in a Red Coat

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Czesław Miłosz Unvanquished City, Valley of the Issa, The Captive Mind

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Antoine Blondin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Antoine Blondin The Secrets of the Bed, Last Leap, Obsession

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Michel Déon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Michel Déon A Purple Taxi, Je ne veux jamais l'oublier, La carotte et le bâton

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Marcel Pagnol is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Marcel Pagnol The Well-Digger's Daughter, Manon Des Sources, Manon des sources

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Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevill... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly Une vieille maîtresse, Du dandysme et de George Brummell, Le plus bel amour de don juan rideau cramoisi

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Russell Kirk The politics of prudence, Edmund Burke, The conservative mind

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Walter M. Miller, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
James Joyce Ulysses

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Andrew Greeley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Andrew Greeley Sociology of Religion: A Collection of Readings, Happy Are the Clean of Heart

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Peter Kreeft is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Peter Kreeft Between Heaven and Hell, Love Is Stronger Than Death