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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Thomas Aquinas is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion

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Augustine of Hippo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Augustine of Hippo 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 Dante Alighieri 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 G. K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Pope John Paul II Conmigo Dia Tras Dia, Redemptoris Mater

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John Henry Newman is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Graham Greene Our Man in Havana, The Third Man, Across the Bridge

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Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Blaise Pascal Pensées, Pensées and other writings, Thoughts on religion and philosophy

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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added 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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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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Thomas Merton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Thomas Merton The Vow of Poverty, The Seven Storey Mountain

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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Hilaire Belloc Matilda, die so schrecklich log, The Pyrenees

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Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Petrarch Canzoniere, Petrarch's Secretum, Petrarch's guide to the Holy Land

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Walker Percy is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Alexander Pope Pastorals, Messiah

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Henryk Sienkiewicz The Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross

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Romano Guardini is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Jacques Maritain is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Dorothy Day is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Paul Claudel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Paul Claudel Partage de midi, I Believe in God, The Satin Slipper

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Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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Peter Kreeft is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Peter Kreeft Between Heaven and Hell, Love Is Stronger Than Death

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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Gene Wolfe An Evil Guest, Return to the Whorl, On Blue's Waters

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
James Joyce Ulysses

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Léon Bloy is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Georges Bernanos Under the Sun of Satan, Essais et écrits de combat, Le crépuscule des vieux

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Jean Raspail is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Raspail The Camp of the Saints, L' anneau du pécheur, Qui se souvient des hommes ...

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
raggot added C. S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Czesław Miłosz Unvanquished City, Valley of the Issa, The Captive Mind

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Andrew Greeley is listed (or ranked) 34 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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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added George Santayana The Last Puritan, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Eight: 1948-1952

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

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John Dryden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added John Dryden The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island, Dryden

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Auberon Waugh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Auberon Waugh Crash the Ash, The Way of the World, Path of Dalliace

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Bob Beaton added Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray, The importance of being Earnest and other plays, An Ideal Husband

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Antoine Blondin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Antoine Blondin The Secrets of the Bed, Last Leap, Obsession

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Walter M. Miller, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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Maurice Barrès is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Maurice Barrès The Faith of France, The sacred hill, The soul of France

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Marcel Pagnol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added 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) 44 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added 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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George Mackay Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
looksharp added George Mackay Brown Beside the Ocean of Time, Vinland, Time in a Red Coat

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Paul Bourget is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Paul Bourget L'étape, Le démon de midi, André Cornélis

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Charles Maurras is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Krukkrukkruk added Charles Maurras Mes idées politiques

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Giovannino Guareschi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Giovannino Guareschi The Anger, Don Camillo's dilemma, Vita in famiglia

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Allen Tate Southern Vanguard, Three Commentaries, Mister Pope and Other Poems

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Jacques Laurent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Catholic Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Jacques Laurent Manon 70, Le secret du Chevalier d'Éon, Lucrèce Borgia