The Best Catholic Authors

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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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  • Thomas Aquinas
    Providence and Predestination, The Literal Exposition on Job
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion
  • Augustine of Hippo
    Confessions of St. Augustine, City of God, On Christian Doctrine
  • Flannery O'Connor
    Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man Is Hard To Find
  • Dante Alighieri
    Divine Comedy, Inferno, Convivio
  • G. K. Chesterton
    The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man
  • John Henry Newman
    Apologia Pro Vita Sua, The Grammar of Assent, The Dream of Gerontius
  • Fulton J. Sheen
    The Prodigal World, Life is Worth Living-First and Second Series
  • Thérèse de Lisieux
    Therese of Lisieux: A discovery of love, The Story of a Soul, The Path of Merciful Love
  • William Shakespeare
    Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth
  • Pope John Paul II
    Conmigo Dia Tras Dia, Redemptoris Mater
  • Teresa of Ávila
    Verweilen vor Gott, The life of the Holy Mother S. Teresa, foundress of the reformation of the Discalced Carmelites
  • Graham Greene
    Our Man in Havana, The Third Man, Across the Bridge
  • Evelyn Waugh
    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Hombres En Armas,
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Poems and Prose, journals and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins, The later poetic manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins in facsimile
  • Miguel de Cervantes
    Don Quijote de la Mancha, Ḍāna Kvigjoṭa, El gallardo español
  • Hilaire Belloc
    Matilda, die so schrecklich log, The Pyrenees
  • Jules Verne
    Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mysterious Island
  • Victor Hugo
    Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Odes et Ballades
  • Blaise Pascal
    Pensées, Pensées and other writings, Thoughts on religion and philosophy
  • Thomas Merton
    The Vow of Poverty, The Seven Storey Mountain
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems
  • Walker Percy
    The Message in the Bottle, Diagnosing the Modern Malaise, The Thanatos Syndrome
  • Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
    Secret of the Rosary, God Alone, Secret of Mary

  • 25
    Von heiligen Zeichen, The life of faith, Die Lehre des Heil