The Dialogue Additional Summary

Caterina Benincasa


(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Cavallini, Giuliana. Catherine of Siena. New York: G. Chapman, 1998. A solid overview of Catherine, with coverage of her writings, her search for truth, her Christology, and her politics. Chronology, bibliography, index.

Gardner, Edmund G. Saint Catherine of Siena. London: Dent, 1907. Covers the background as well as the life of Catherine through a study of the religion, literature, and history of fourteenth century Italy.

Hilkert, Mary Catherine. Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today. New York: Paulist Press, 2001. Examines Catherine in the context of modern women’s issues. Bibliography.

Luongo, F. Thomas. The Saintly Politics of Catherine of Siena. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006. Counters the notion of Catherine as isolated mystic and considers her in a sociopolitical context—including the Black Death, social revolutions, Florence versus the papacy—by examining her letters and juxtaposing her words to those of contemporary political and social movements. Bibliography, index.

Noffke, Suzanne. Catherine of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1996. The author, a Dominican of Racine, Wisconsin, considers Catherine as a rare authoritative woman of her time, the first to be published in one of the emerging Italian vernacular dialects. Part 1 covers her theology and spirituality; part 2 presents resources on her person and thought, her world, and others writings in English. Annotated bibliography.

Raymond of Capua. The Life of St. Catherine of Siena. Translated by George Lamb. New York: Kennedy, 1960. The first biography of the saint, written by her confessor, who shared many of her experiences.