Literary Encyclopedia: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the most popular saints of the modern Catholic Church, holding a number of prestigious titles and being the focus of a wildly successful popular cult. A Carmelite nun at fifteen years old, she died only nine years later, producing in the intervening years plays, poems, prayers, a large correspondence and, most importantly, an autobiography. Finding a broad audience, it is this work, known as L’Histoire d’une Âme [The Story of a Soul], which has ensured Thérèse’s fame and it has been read as much as a work of romantic fiction as a spiritual tract. Often lacking accomplishment, Thérèse’s literary output can be marred by the sometimes morbid piety of her milieu, but h…

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