Fiction or Epic poetry
- Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited is a masterpiece. I don’t think there’s a word that’s out of place. Great characters and such an authentic plot.
- Graham Greene – I’ve read Greene’s short stories and novels including “The Power and the Glory” and “The End of the Affair.” He shows how faith transforms modern people facing problems, timeless and modern.
- François Mauriac – a French Nobel Prize winner that few Americans may know. Try his “Knot of Vipers” or “Woman of the Pharisees.”
- Sigrid Undset – I discovered this Norwegian Nobel Prize winner through my book club. We read her engaging “Kristen Lavransdatter: The Bride.” I was caught up in Medieval Norway immediately. I’ve never read better historical fiction.
- C.S. Lewis – needs no introduction. I recommend “Till We have Faces” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”
- Shusako Endo – a masterful modern Japanese writer. Read his “Silence” on the persecution of
- G.K. Chesterton – I like his Father Brown detective stories.
- Sharon Ewell Foster – I know Sharon. We were roommates at Act One. She’s written several Christian novels. I like them all, but suggest you start with “Passing by Samaria” for which she won the Christy award.
- Dante – You’ve got to read his Divine Comedy at some point. There’s a graphic novel adaptation if you’re intimidated by the original.
- Milton – Yes, Milton is hard. At the risk of my precious G.P.A., which I feared would suffer, I took a Milton class in college. The course was tough, but it unlocked “Paradise Lost” for me. I should reread it. I will say Milton is even better than Shakespeare.
Who are yours?