Designed for students of all ages, Exploring Catholic Literature: A Companion and Resource Guide provides an engaging and succinct introduction to twelve recognized masterpieces of Catholic literature, from Augustine's 4th century conversion narrative, The Confessions, to the recent poetry of Denise Levertov collected in The Stream and the Sapphire. Each chapter contains a brief biography of the author, an extended critical essay highlighting the work's Catholic and literary aspects, suggestions for further reading and study, and questions for discussion.
Mary Reichardt is professor of Catholic Studies and English at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. An accomplished literary critic, she is also the author of the Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature (forthcoming).
Chapter 1 The Confessions of St. Augustine Chapter 2 The Cloud of Unknowing Chapter 3 Revelations of Divine Love Chapter 4 The Divine Comedy Chapter 5 Selected Poetry Chapter 6 Kristin Lavransdatter Chapter 7 The Power and the Glory Chapter 8 Brideshead Revisited Chapter 9 Everything That Rises Must Converge Chapter 10 Holy the Firm Chapter 11 Deep River Chapter 12 The Stream and the Sapphire