Thursday, 10 July 2008

Twenty great clergymen in novels

by Kim Fabricius

  1. William Collins in Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  2. Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  3. Father Mapple in Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
  4. Obadiah Slope in Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857)
  5. Charles François-Bienvenu Myriel in Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862)
  6. Edward Casaubon in George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)
  7. Father Zossima in Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
  8. Jean Marie Latour in Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
  9. The young curate in Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest (1936)
  10. The unnamed priest in Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory (1940)
  11. Father Paneloux in Albert Camus, The Plague (1947)
  12. Hazel Motes in Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (1952)*
  13. Stephen Kumalo in Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)
  14. Dean Jocelin in William Golding, The Spire (1964)
  15. Sebastião Rodrigues in Endo Shusaku, Silence (1966)
  16. William of Baskerville in Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose (1983)
  17. Oscar Hopkins in Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
  18. Clarence Wilmot in John Updike, In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)
  19. Nathan Price in Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible (1998)
  20. John Ames in Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
* Okay, Hazel Motes is not a clergyman, but there’s just got to be a place for him: call him an anti-clergyman! And for a great charlatan preacher, there is Elmer Gantry in Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (1927).

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