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All Good Books Are Catholic BooksPrint Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America$
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Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451126

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451126.001.0001

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The Abrogation of the Index

(p.192) Epilogue
All Good Books Are Catholic Books

Una M. Cadegan

Cornell University Press

This epilogue discusses the changed relationship between Catholicism and intellectual modernity to offer some conclusions about the importance and limits of literary culture as a means of understanding U.S. Catholic intellectual history in the twentieth century. It considers how the Index of Forbidden Books and the system of thought it stood for continued to occupy a central place in the public image of American Catholicism beyond the first half of the century. It suggests that the Index and the system of censorship it represented had continued to reflect the complexity of relationships among actors in Catholic print, literary, and intellectual culture in the years leading up to the Second Vatican Council. Finally, it cites Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited and its take on the Index in particular and Catholic literary culture in general.

Keywords:   censorship, Catholicism, modernity, intellectual history, Index of Forbidden Books, intellectual culture, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, Catholic literary culture

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