Catholic Fiction

The Catholic Imagination This is a list of a few authors that have contributed to Catholic culture in various ways. Catholic Culture is a much more broad reaching idea than simply stained glass or magnificent Cathedrals, although these are a part of it. It is a whole worldview that takes over the way one looks at reality. Catholic culture is an idea that is rooted in the Incarnation (God becoming man) and Sacramentality (making the invisible visible) - which are both wrapped up in the same reality. These authors are not necessarily endorsed by the Church or this parish but I feel their works are beneficial in drawing you into a Catholic worldview- which is always sacramental. Some of these authors are not explicitly Catholic in their writing but one is able to find Catholic themes in their works. In spite of this, some of these authors also can be somewhat grotesque in there approach; so be forewarned some content may be graphic or explicit. For further suggestions check the University of St. Thomas' Library Catholic Fiction Site.


  • Hilaire Belloc
  • George Bernanos
  • Paul Claudel
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • James Joyce
  • Thomas Merton
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • Walker Percy
  • J. F. Powers
  • Fulton J. Sheen
  • Sigrid Undset
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Robert Hugh Benson
  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • Dorothy Day
  • Shusaku Endo
  • Graham Greene
  • Peter Maurin
  • Edwin O'Connor
  • Charles Peguy
  • Josef Pieper
  • Dorothy Sayers
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Gertrud von le Fort