Authors The Best Catholic Authors  

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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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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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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Divine Comedy, Inferno, Convivio

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 5 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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John Henry Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Apologia Pro Vita Sua, The Grammar of Assent, The Dream of Gerontius

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

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Conmigo Dia Tras Dia, Redemptoris Mater

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Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Prodigal World, Life is Worth Living-First and Second Series

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Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
raggot added Furrow, Complete Published Works of Saint Josemaria Escriva, In Love With the Church

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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Pensées, Pensées and other writings, Thoughts on religion and philosophy

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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Hombres En Armas

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Vow of Poverty, The Seven Storey Mountain

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Gerard Manley Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 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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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
raggot added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters

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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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Walker Percy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
The Message in the Bottle, Diagnosing the Modern Malaise, The Thanatos Syndrome

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Peter Kreeft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Between Heaven and Hell, Love Is Stronger Than Death

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross

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Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Pastorals, Messiah

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25 8
Dorothy Day is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Jacques Maritain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Jacques Maritain Primauté du spirituel, Eléments de philosophie, El final del maquiavelismo

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Romano Guardini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Romano Guardini Von heiligen Zeichen, The life of faith, Die Lehre des Heil

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Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Ulysses

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Paul Claudel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Partage de midi, I Believe in God, The Satin Slipper

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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added An Evil Guest, Return to the Whorl, On Blue's Waters

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers

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Léon Bloy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Léon Bloy Pilgrim of the absolute

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Georges Bernanos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Under the Sun of Satan, Essais et écrits de combat, Le crépuscule des vieux

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 33 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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John Dryden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island, Dryden

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Jean Raspail is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Camp of the Saints, L' anneau du pécheur, Qui se souvient des hommes ...

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added The politics of prudence, Edmund Burke, The conservative mind

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Andrew Greeley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Sociology of Religion: A Collection of Readings, Happy Are the Clean of Heart

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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added The Last Puritan, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Eight: 1948-1952

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Marcel Pagnol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Well-Digger's Daughter, Manon Des Sources, Manon des sources

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Walter M. Miller, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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Auberon Waugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Crash the Ash, The Way of the World, Path of Dalliace

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George Mackay Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Beside the Ocean of Time, Vinland, Time in a Red Coat

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Unvanquished City, Valley of the Issa, The Captive Mind

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Southern Vanguard, Three Commentaries, Mister Pope and Other Poems

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Roger Nimier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Elevator to the Gallows, I Vinti, Les Épées

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Christopher Dawson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Christopher Dawson The Judgment of the Nations, The Age of Gods

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Léon Daudet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Léon Daudet

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Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevill... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Une vieille maîtresse, Du dandysme et de George Brummell, Le plus bel amour de don juan rideau cramoisi

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Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Bob Beaton added The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Charles Maurras is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Krukkrukkruk added Charles Maurras Mes idées politiques