Synopses & Reviews
A selection of the Literary Guild, it was published in more than a dozen languages and sold over two million copies. Later made into an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Otto Preminger and starring John Huston, the book tells a story that captured the nation's attention: a working-class American's rise to become a cardinal of the Catholic Church. The daily trials and triumphs of Stephen Fermoyle, from the working-class suburbs of Boston, drive him to become first a parish priest, then secretary to a cardinal, later a bishop, and finally a wearer of the Red Hat. An essential work of American fiction that is newly relevant with the ordination of New York's Timothy Dolan as cardinal, Henry Morton Robinson's novel is back in print by popular demand.
"A work of beauty . . . I absolutely loved it." --CultureCartel
"My favorite parts are the behind-the-scenes accounts of how the Vatican works, and the descriptions of the Roman contessa's salon." --National Review
"A fascinating look into aspirations, anxieties, and self-image of American Catholics." --Ignatius Insight
On its first publication, was an immediate bestseller.
About the Author
Henry Morton Robinson (1898-1961) was born in Boston and lived much of his life in Woodstock, New York. He taught English at Columbia University and wrote novels, most famously The Cardinal, which was made into a film nominated for six Academy Awards.