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All Good Books Are Catholic Books: Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America

Una M. Cadegan


Until the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, the stance of the Roman Catholic Church toward the social, cultural, economic, and political developments of the twentieth century was largely antagonistic. Yet, in and through the period from World War I to Vatican II, the Church did engage with, react to, and even accommodate various aspects of modernity. This book shows how the Church's official position on literary culture developed over this crucial period. The Catholic Church in the United States maintained an Index of Forbidden Books and the Legion of Decency (founded in 1933) lobbi ... More

Keywords: modernity, Roman Catholic Church, literary culture, Index of Forbidden Books, Legion of Decency, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451126
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Una M. Cadegan, author
Associate Professor of History, the University of Dayton