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The heroic face of innocence : three stories
Bernanos, Georges, 1888-1948.
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Works. Selections. English. 1999
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. ; Edinburgh : T&T Clark, 1999.
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xii, 150 pages ; 23 cm.
Joan, heretic and saint / translated by R. Batchelor -- Sermon of an agnostic on the feast of St. Thérèse / translated by Pamela Morris and David Louis Schindler, Jr. -- Dialogues of the Carmélites / translated by Michael Legat.
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PQ2603.E5875 A23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This powerful volume of religious fiction gathers three short stories by the French literary master Georges Bernanos, best known for his profoundly moving novel The Diary of a Country Priest.

Though written independently of each other, these works share a common theme -- Bernanos's deep conviction that what will save our world is not intellectual achievement, political effort, technological progress, or theological acumen, but the heroism of innocence. In each of these stories Bernanos portrays young women as embodiments of the power of Christian innocence.

Author Notes

A novelist and essayist, Georges Bernanos was interested in the struggle between good and evil within saintly individuals. He was born in Paris in 1888. He studied at the Sorbonne where he received a degree in law and in literature in 1909. He served in the military from 1909 to 1910 and again during World War I. After the war, Bernanos worked as an inspector for an insurance company.

Bernanos's first major success as a writer came in 1926 with the publication of the novel Under the Sun of Satan. His well-known work The Diary of a Country Priest followed in 1936. Both novels traced the unknowing submission of characters, after some early disappointing experience, to the forces of Satan and the subsequent destruction of their moral selves.

From 1930 to 1932, Bernanos wrote for Le Figaro. In his articles and essays, Bernanos pleaded for a renewed spirituality in France and a renewed moral integrity. Mouchette, a short novel set in a bleak village untouched by the twentieth century was published in 1937. As was The Diary of a Country Priest, Mouchette was made into a film by Robert Bresson.

The writings of Georges Bernanos are concerned with the struggle between pride and innocence that lies within every individual. They treat spiritual concerns and the mystery of Christianity. Bernanos is considered among the most original of Roman Catholic novelists.

Bernanos died of cancer in Paris on July 5, 1948.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Erasmo Leiva-MerikakisR. BatchelorPamela Morris and David Louis Schindler, Jr.Michael Legat
Forewordp. viii
Joan, Heretic and Saintp. 1
Sermon of an Agnostic on the Feast of St. Theresep. 23
Dialogues of the Carmelitesp. 39