Literature

  1. The Beckoning of the Wand: sketches of a lesser known Ireland, by Alice Dease (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1908). No imprimatur, but from a reputable Catholic publisher. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  2. A Bit of Old China, by Charles Warren Stoddard. Available on Project Gutenberg and ManyBooks.net, which describes it as a “description of Old San Francisco’s Chinatown… taken from Charles Warren Stoddard’s book, entitled In the Footprints of the Padres”.
  3. The Cardinal’s Snuff-Box, a novel by Henry Harland. Available in various formats at Project Gutenberg and in even more formats at Many Books.net.
  4. Catholic oratory: a compilation of sacred and sublime orations, by James Gibbons. Available at Internet Archive,
  5. Come Rack! Come Rope!, by Robert Hugh Benson (1912). Historical Novel. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  6. The Complete “Father Brown” by G. K. Chesterton. Available at ebooks@adelaide (This web edition published by eBooks@Adelaide. Rendered into HTML by Steve Thomas. Last updated Thu Aug 26 10:12:32 2010. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence). [N.B., Contains all the Father Brown short stories.]
  7. Dante and Catholic Philosophy in the Thirteenth Century, by Frederic Ozanam, translated by Lucia Pychowska (New York, The Cathedral Library association, 1897). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (which states: ‘Translation of the 2d ed. of the author’s Dante et la philosophie catholique, Paris, 1845. The chapter “Des sources poétiques de la Divine comédie” has been omitted’)
  8. Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri. Available at The Divine Comedy.
  9. Down West and Other Sketches of Irish Life, by Alice Dease (London: Manresa Press, B. Herder, 1914). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive. [N.B. Actually Part 3 but the index page says it is Volume 1.]
  10. Holding up the Hills: The Biography of a Neighborhood, by Leo R. Ward (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1941). Available at Internet Archive. –Irish
  11. In the Footprints of the Padres, by Charles Warren Stoddard (San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1912). No imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive, ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg.
  12. The Innocence of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton (1911). Detective fiction. Available at ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg. Audiobook available at Project Gutenberg and LibriVox.org.
  13. Journal d’un curé de campagne, by Georges Bernanos (1937). Available at Wikilivres. [Winner in 1936 of the Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française. Translated as Diary of a Country Priest and adapted into a movie in 1951.]
  14. The Lady Paramount, by Henry Harland. Available in various formats at Project Gutenberg and in even more formats at Many Books.net.
  15. The Last Defender of Jerusalem, by Aeneas McDonell Dawson (1882). A play or dramatic poem about the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  16. A Lily of the Snow, Scenes from the Life of St. Eulalia of Merida, by Frances Alice Forbes (New York, The Encyclopedia Press. 1916). A play. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library  (Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation, Book contributor: The Library of Congress).
  17. Lourdes, by Robert Hugh Benson (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder; London: Manresa Press, 1914). With Imprimatur. Available at ManyBooks.net. Travel, Religion, Miracles, Healing.
  18. Loss and Gain: the Story of a Convert, by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1848). Available at Project Gutenberg.
  19. The Mirage of the Many, by William Thomas Walsh (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1910). Fiction. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive
  20. The nature and characteristics of literature : a lecture delivered before the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, in the Catholic University, by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (Dublin: Printed by John F. Fowler, 1858). Available at Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: National Institute for Newman Studies, Book contributor: Saint Mary’s College of California).
  21. Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days, by Emily Hickey (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow: Sands & CO., 1910). Available on Project Gutenberg.
  22. Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, by Charles Warren Stoddard (St. Louis, Mo.; Freiburg (Baden), Germany; London: B. Herder, 1914). Available at ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg.
  23. Personal and literary memorials, by Henry Digby Beste (London, H. Colburn, 1829). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  24. The Poems of Alice Meynell (1923). May be read online at ELCore.Net, which states: “The Poems of Alice Meynell: Complete Edition was published posthumously. It comprises her poems in three sections: Early Poems, Later Poems, and Last Poems.”
  25. The Poems of Ernest Dowson (1896, 1900). May be read online at ElCore.net. Comprises 2 collections: Verses (1896), and the posthumous Decorations (1900).[N.B.—As Ernest Dowson is a poet of the Decadent Movement, some of his works (like the oft-anthologized “Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae”) should be read with caution in view of their secular sensuality or their pessimism, which is seen in the phrases of Dowson that modern culture embraced: “gone with the wind” and “days of wine and roses”. However, other poems like “Benedictio Domini” and “Extreme Unction” manifest true sacramental reverence; “Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration” and “Carthusians” constitute some of the finest verses ever written on the contemplative life; and even the secular romanticism of “Quid non speremus, Amantes?” points to the higher romance of God’s embrace. And all his poems, whether sacred or profane, show that analogical or sacramental imagination that is Catholic Christianity’s great gift to literature.]
  26. The Poems of Joyce Kilmer (1918). May be read online at ELCore.Net, which states: “published posthumously. The first volume comprises a Memoir by Robert Cortes Holliday, omitted here, and Kilmer’s poems in three sections: Poems from France, Poems at Home, and Early Poems.”
  27. Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ, by St. John of the Cross (1919). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive.
  28. Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes (Audiobook), by Ronald A. Knox, from Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes (1911). Available at Internet Archive (Maria Lectrix Audio Books, August 2, 2006), which states: “The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer.”
  29. To the English Martyrs, by Francis Thompson (London, Burns and Oates). Or, Ode to the English Martyrs. A Poem. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  30. Wine, Water, and Song, by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1915). Poetry. Available in various formats at ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg.
  31. The Wisdom of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton (1914). Fiction, Detective. Available in various formats at ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg. May be read online at G. K. Chesterton’s Works on the Web.
  32. Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra: a Poem, by Aeneas McDonell Dawson (1883). From microfilm. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.

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