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Biographical dictionary of contemporary Catholic American writing
Tynan, Daniel J.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 341 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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PS153.C3 B5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This important new source contains 135 biographical-critical essays on contemporary Catholic American poets, dramatists, and fiction writers. The "Works By" bibliographies contain all of each author's productions--fiction, poetry, drama, or non-fiction. The "Works About" bibliographies cite five critical studies or, where none exists, book reviews, plus references to other biographical sources. The editor's introduction explores the diversity of belief in contemporary Catholic expression, and an essay by Professor Genaro Padilla examines the place of Catholicism in the work of Hispanic writers in the United States today. The writers covered here include such luminaries as John Gregory Dunne, Mary Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Don Delillo, Robert Stone, and Maureen Howard.

Author Notes

DANIEL J. TYNAN is Professor of English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his B.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has written about Mary Gordon and John Gregory Dunne, among others.

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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, Christoper 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. (A list of the 135 selected authors would have been useful.) Recommended for academic and public libraries interested in this perspective. -M. McCormick, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

The Catholic Church in Chicano LiteratureGenaro M. Padilla
The Writers Biographical