Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing by Daniel J. TynanBiographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing by Daniel J. Tynan

Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing

EditorDaniel J. Tynan

Hardcover | September 1, 1989

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The Dictionary contains 135 biographical-critical essays on contemporary Catholic American poets, dramatists, and fiction writers. Not since Hoehn's Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches, 1930-1947 has such an inventory of Catholic American writers appeared. The "Works By" bibliographies contain all of each author's productions be they fiction, poetry, drama or non-fiction. The "Works About" bibliographies to each essay cite five critical studies or, where none exists, book reviews, plus references to other biographical sources. The Introduction explores the diversity of belief in contemporary Catholic expression. An essay by Professor Genaro Padilla examines the place of Catholicism in the work of Hispanic writers in the United States today. A partial list of the authors contained here reads like a Who's Who of American literary luminaries and includes such writers as John Gregory Dunne, Mary Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Don Delillo, Robert Stone, and Maureen Howard. As a resource for further research on the authors contained, for continued reflection on the various forms of contemporary Catholic American writing, and for renewed scholarly interest in many excellent and often-neglected literary texts, the Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing deserves a place in most academic and public libraries. Generalists and English teachers and majors will find its perusal fascinating and rewarding.
Title:Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American WritingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313245851

ISBN - 13:9780313245855

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?The title might also have used the phrase ex-Catholic American Writing'; for the introduction admits that the authors constitute a wide spectrum of contemporary Catholic American experience . . .' and that at some time in their lives . . . they were all baptized Catholics . . . whether or not they have accepted Catholicism as the permanent organizing value. . . .' This broad interpretation allows a wide range of writers--Mary McCarthy, Christopher Durang, Eugene O'Neill, Jack Kerouac, Walker Percy, J.F. Powers, for example. The book, which does not claim inclusiveness, selects 135 authors described in biographical-critical essays up to 4 pages long. Entries, by 67 contributors, vary in terms of the emphasis on criticism, biography, and explanation, if any, of the Catholic connection; they end with selected bibliographies of works by and about the author. Codes indicate general literary biographical reference sources where most if not all of these writers appear. Individual Hispanic American writers are not included but there is a general essay on Catholicism in their work. An index, bibliographic essay (indicating that other works on specifically Catholic authors are outdated), and a list of contributors conclude the work. . . . Recommended for academic and public libraries interested in this perspective.?-Choice