Orestes Brownson Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Brownson, Henry F. Orestes A. Brownson's Life. 3 vols. Detroit: H. F. Brownson, 1898-1900.

Exhaustive biography of Brownson compiled by his son, Henry.

Lapati, Americo D. "Orestes A. Brownson: American Political Thinker (1803-1876)." In Catholic Makers of America: Biographical Sketches of Catholic Statesmen and Political Thinkers in America's First Century, 1776-1876, edited by Stephen M. Krason, pp. 163-86. Front Royal, Va.: Christendom Press, 1993.

Detailed biographical essay discussing Brownson's political and religious views.

Maynard, Theodore. Orestes Brownson: Yankee, Radical, Catholic. New York: Macmillan, 1943, 456 p.

Biography of Brownson which reevaluates his significance as an American writer.

Whalen, Doran [pseudonym of Sister Mary Rose Gertrude]. Granite for God's House: The Life of Orestes Augustus Brownson. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1941, 366 p.

Biographical account of Brownson focusing on his theology.


Butler, Gregory S. In Search of the American Spirit: The Political Thought of Orestes Brownson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992, 278 p.

In-depth discussion of Brownson's political and religious philosophy and analysis of his The American Republic.

Gilhooley, Leonard, ed. No Divided Allegiance: Essays in Brownson's Thought. New York: Fordham University Press, 1980, 193 p.

Essays by eight Brownson scholars, including Russell Kirk, Peter J. Stanlis, C. Carroll Hollis, and Alvan Ryan, on Brownson's theology, political and economic philosophy, and theories on literary criticism.

Kirk, Russell. "Transitional Conservatism." In The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot. 7th rev. ed., pp. 245-50. Chicago: Regnery Books, 1986.

Discussion of Brownson's analysis of "the conservative power of Catholicism."

——. "Contending against American Disorder." In The Roots of American Order, pp. 441-78. Malibu, Cal.: Pepperdine University Press, 1978.

Examination of Brownson's political and religious beliefs, including his thoughts on socialism, justice, and republicanism.

Lapati, Americo D. Orestes A. Brownson. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1965, 159 p.

Discusses Brownson's theories on religion and literature and examines his efforts in the areas of political and social reform in the context of his search for truth.

Marshall, Hugh. Orestes Brownson and The American Republic: An Historical Perspective. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1971, 308 p.

Examination of Brownson's political thought in the context of his overall intellectual development.

Michel, Virgil G. The Critical Principles of Orestes A. Brownson. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1918, 106 p.

Critique of Brownson's ontological, aesthetic, and literary principles.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. Orestes A. Brownson: A Pilgrim's Progress. 1939. Reprint. New York: Octagon Books, 1963, 320 p.

Examination of Brownson's achievements as a non-Catholic and analysis of his socio-economic views.