Written by Dr. Elaine Lum for CNN
Since the Medieval Middle Ages, Catholic devotees have sought to nourish and heal themselves by curating their religious, moral and spiritual needs from the sacred texts of the Church.
The saints and sinners from the entire church’s liturgical history, from the great peace and joy texts from the 17th century to the more divisive contributions of the centuries to come, are used for the spiritual and familial salvation of their readers.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” publisher Headline Group , who provide homages to our favorite comic strips and children’s books on the company website, recently conducted research into the names and namesakes of their favorite titles and gave the results to audiences during their on-stage presentations.
The names on the list of our favorites were as varied as those of the institutions that the books inspired, and the results certainly took readers by surprise.
1 / 7 – The Pharaoh’s Wife, by Bernard Malamud
Renowned for the image that has become iconic of film noir, the shadowy figure in the towering dress is a heroine and ghostly inspiration to noir heroines across the decades.
Although she does not appear on the photographs used to make up the award-winning film, her figurative influence is certainly ubiquitous.