The Divine and Human Comedy of Andrew M. Greeley


An eminent sociologist, educator, author of roughly 40 novels, and priest of the Roman Catholic Church, Andrew M. Greeley attained literary fame in 1981 with the publication of The Cardinal Sins. By comparing Greeley with the 19th-century French author Honore de Balzac, this book argues that Greeley--like Balzac--is a serious novelist of ideas who records and comments on society through his fiction. Like Balzac, he has peopled his fictional world with numerous characters, explored the role of Catholicism in society, and detailed the sacred and profane through the lens of social theory.