Catholic authors

This year, World Book day will be celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday 7 March. It might seem surprising, but the Jesuits in Britain Archives hold various documents, particularly correspondence, penned by some of the most well-known writers and literary figures of the 20th century. In honour of World Book Day, we delve into the collections for just such pieces.Perhaps the most obvious place to start is the archives of The Month. This monthly review, which was founded and...
Anthony Burgess
25 February 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of a celebrated author whose complicated relationship with Catholicism shaped his life and particularly his writing. Anthony Burgess, best known for A Clockwork Orange, was fixated on the Church, says Jim Clarke – how did that fascination manifest itself in Burgess’ body of work? His most famous work is a moral fable about Original Sin and free will. In his finest novel, one of the protagonists is a larger-than-life pope who...