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The Best Catholic Authors 

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Updated September 18, 2019 4.1k votes 638 voters 17.8k views 108 items

List Rules Catholic writers and authors. Vote up the best Catholic writers.

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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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion
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Thomas Aquinas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Providence and Predestination, The Literal Exposition on Job
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Augustine of Hippo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Confessions of St. Augustine, City of God, On Christian Doctrine
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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Krukkrukkruk added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man
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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Divine Comedy, Inferno, Convivio
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Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Prodigal World, Life is Worth Living-First and Second Series
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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man Is Hard To Find
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John Henry Newman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Apologia Pro Vita Sua, The Grammar of Assent, The Dream of Gerontius
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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Conmigo Dia Tras Dia, Redemptoris Mater
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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Our Man in Havana, The Third Man, Across the Bridge
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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Matilda, die so schrecklich log, The Pyrenees
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Thomas Merton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Vow of Poverty, The Seven Storey Mountain
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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Hombres En Armas
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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Pensées, Pensées and other writings, Thoughts on religion and philosophy
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Peter Kreeft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Between Heaven and Hell, Love Is Stronger Than Death
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Walker Percy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Message in the Bottle, Diagnosing the Modern Malaise, The Thanatos Syndrome
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Gerard Manley Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Poems and Prose, journals and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins, The later poetic manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins in facsimile
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Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Canzoniere, Petrarch's Secretum, Petrarch's guide to the Holy Land
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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Bob Beaton added The Picture of Dorian Gray, The importance of being Earnest and other plays, An Ideal Husband
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Dorothy Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Eleventh Virgin, Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement
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Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Pastorals, Messiah
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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross
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Honoré de Balzac ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette
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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Ulysses
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Jacques Maritain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Jacques Maritain Primauté du spirituel, Eléments de philosophie, El final del maquiavelismo