The Catholic Writer Today and Other Essays

By Dana Gioia

When Dana Gioia’s essay “The Catholic Writer Today” appeared in 2013, it generated an enormous response not only in the United States but also in Europe and Australia. The essay examined the paradox that while Catholicism was the largest religious denomination in the U.S., Catholic literature and art had become almost invisible in American culture.

“This electrifying essay,” said Cynthia Ozick, “is a guide for the perplexed; its arguments about Catholic literature could be applied to American writing in general.”

Published by Wiseblood Books, this new volume collects Gioia’s writings on Christianity and literature, including his harrowing portraits of artists and the decisive role faith played in their difficult lives.

Table of Contents

The Catholic Writer Today
Sacred and Profane Love: John Donne
God’s Grandeur: Gerard Manley Hopkins
Two Poets Named Dunstan Thompson
Brother Beat Meets Mr. Everson
Clarify Me Please, God of the Galaxies: Elizabeth Jennings
If Any Fire Endures Beyond its Flame
Image Interview with Dana Gioia
The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians
To Witness Truth Uncompromised: Modern Martyrs
This is What We Suffer: The Paintings of George Tooker
The Cosmopolitan and the Campesino: The Sacred Sculpture of Luis Tapia
Singing Aquinas in L.A.