Missionaries in fiction

.... an informal listing of works of literature in which missionaries are prominent characters or are portrayed in interesting ways. Please send additions/corrections to martha.smalley@yale.edu

Author Title Date of publication
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart 1958
Anand, Mulk Raj Untouchable 1947
Berlinski, Mischa Fieldwork 2008
Beti, Mongo The Poor Christ of Bomba 1971
Blackburn, Julia The Book of Colour 1995
Bosse, Malcolm The Warlord 1983
Brink, Andre Praying Mantis 2005
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre 1847
Buchan, John Prester John 1910
Caputo, Philip Acts of Faith 2005
Candler, Edmund Siri Ram, Revolutionist 1912
Cary, Joyce Aissa Saved
An American Visitor
1932
1933
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop 1927
Corbalis, Judy Tapu 1996
Craven, Margaret I Heard the Owl Call My Name 1967
Dalton, John Heaven Lake 2004
Dickens, Charles Bleak House 1852-
Du Bois, W.E.B. Quest of the Silver Fleece
Dark Princess
1911
1928
Elliot, Elisabeth No Graven Image 1966
Elphinstone, Margaret Voyageurs : a novel 2003
Endo, Shusaku

Yellow Man
Volcano
Wonderful Fool
Silence
The Samurai

1955
1978
1974
1970
1980
Forester, C. S. The African Queen 1940
Forster, E. M. The Life to Come [short story] 1972
Ghosh, Amitav The Calcutta Chromosome
The Glass Palace
1996
2000
Godden, Rumer Black Narcissus 1939
Greene, Graham A Burnt-out Case 1961
Grisham, John The Testament 1999
Head, Bessie The Collector of Treasures, and other Botswana Village Tales 1977
Hersey, John The Call 1985
Highland, Frederick Ghost Eater 2003
Hilton, James Lost Horizon 1933
Hunter, W.W. The Old Missionary 1895
Jagose, Annamarie Slow Water 2003
Jeal, Tim The Missionary's Wife 1996
Keller, Nora Okja Comfort Woman 1997
Kesavan, Mukul Looking Through Glass 1995
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible 1998
Lao She Mr. Ma & Son : a Sojourn in London 1991
Lin Yutang A Moment in Peking 1939
Macaulay, Rose The Towers of Trebizond 1956
Mantel, Hilary A Change of Climate 1994
Masters, John To the Coral Strand 1962
Matsuoka, Takashi Cloud of Sparrows 2004
Matthiessen, Peter At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1965
Maugham, Somerset On a Chinese Screen [short stories]
Rain [short story]
1922
1934
Melville, Herman Typee; Omoo 1846;1850
Mercer, Charles Rachel Cade 1956
Meyers, Margaret Swimming in the Congo 1995
Michener, James Hawaii
The Covenant
Texas
1959
1980
1985
Millin, Sarah Gertrude God's Stepchildren 1924
Moore, Brian

Black Robe
Catholics
No Other Life

1985
1992
1993
Morgan, Lady (Sydney Owenson) The Missionary: An Indian Tale 1811
Nelson, Shirley and Rudy The Risk of Returning 2013
Ngugi wa Thiong'o The River Between 1965
Nyabongo, Akiki K. Africa Answers Back 1938
Paton, Alan Cry, the Beloved Country 1948
Pilgrim, Earl The Captain and the Girl 2001
Raspail, Jean The Camp of the Saints 1975
Schaeffer, Frank Portofino
Saving Grandma
1992
1997
Scott, Paul The Raj Quartet (includes The Jewel in the Crown) 1967
Silko, Leslie Almanac of the Dead 1991
Stevenson, Robert Louis Island Nights' Entertainments 1893
Stow, Randolph To the Islands 1958
Svelmoe, Bill Spirits Eat Ripe Papaya 2010
Tan, Amy The Hundred Secret Senses 1995
Theroux, Paul Mosquito Coast 1981
Thompson, Edward An Indian Day; A Farewell to India; An End of the Hours 1927, 1931, 1938
Vargas Llosa, Mario El Hablador 1987
Walker, Alice The Color Purple 1992
Warner, Sylvia Townsend Mr. Fortune's Maggot; and, The Salutation 2001
Waugh, Evelyn Out of Depth [short story] 1936
Wharton, Edith The Seed of the Faith [short story\ ca.1937
Yonge, Charlotte The Trial 1864

 


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