Discussed in this review: All Good Books Are Catholic Books: Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Amercia by Una M. Cadegan; Cornell Press, 2013, 240 pages. Buy at Cornell Press or Amazon.
What was it like to be an American Catholic reader of American literature in the 20th century? Those who have had no contact whatever with Catholic issues, except through news stories about the elections of new popes and church opposition to abortion and so on, have very little grasp of Catholic literary culture. We might read about notable Catholic writers such as Flannery O’Connor and note that she was occupied by spiritual matters that secularized non-Catholics might find quite alien, puzzling or, to be honest, boring. Was there a Catholic literary sensibility in America, and did the church have a deleterious impact on the freedom of all Americans to read and view what they liked in the 20th century? These are the kinds of questions examined in the book All Good Books Are Catholic Books: Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America by Una M. Cadegan. Continue reading →