Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
literature world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 49. The Taming of the Shrew
literature world 1984 Knight, Damon. "O " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1982); pg. 30. [Four lines of poetry quoted from Alexander Pope.]
literature world 1985 Bear, Greg. "Dead Run " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1985); pg. 149. "'Look,' said an old black fellow. 'You ever read about the Ancient Mariner?'

I said I had in school.'

'Had to tell everybody what he did,' the black fellow said. The woman beside him nodded slowly. 'We're all Ancient Mariners here...' "

literature world 1985 Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985) Pg. -1: Frontispiece: Quote from Saul Bellow and quote from Christopher Marlowe; [Epigraphs:] Pg. 2: Sankha Ghosh; Pg. 14: Sushil Roy; Pg. 20: Subrata Chakravarty; Pg. 32: Purnendu Patri; Pg. 43: Sukanta Bhattacharjee; Pg. 62: Kamela Das; Pg. 82: Sunilkumar Nandi; Pg. 114: Tushar Roy; Pg. 151: Pranabendu Das Gupta; Pg. 167: Ananda Bagchi; Pg. 197: Tushar Roy; Pg. 216: Siddheswar Sen; Pg. 242: Sunil Gangopadhyay; Pg. 276: Kabita Sinha; PG. 280: William Butler Yeats; Pg. 292, 301: Yeats
literature world 1985 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985) [Frontispiece] "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.

--Anne Frank (1929-1944) "

literature world 1986 Blaylock, James P. Homunculus. New York: Ace Books (1986) [Frontispiece] Quotes from "On Going a Journey " by William Hazlitt, and "Walking Tours " by Robert Louis Stevenson
literature world 1986 Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] Quote by Loren Eiseley, from The Immense Journey (1957); also, one sentence from letter written by Melville to Hawthorne (1851): "I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb. "
literature world 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 12. Pg. 12: Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle; Pg. 14: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life [Other refs. to these works, not in DB.]
literature world 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 45. Pg. 45: "'Get the Bible!' he said again... She found it in the spare bedroom, along with Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. "; Pg. 61: Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Pg. 63: quotes from Rudyard Kipling, John Masefield, and William Cullen Bryant; Pg. 65: Ambrose Bierce; Pg. 66: Lord Byron; Pg. 109: Noble Claggett; Pg. 136: Joseph Greenleaf Whittier; Pg. 144: quote by Benjamin Franklin; Pg. 175: Cesare Bonesana, Marchese di Beccaria; Bertolt Brecht; Pg. 187: Isaac Watts; Pg. 194: Robert Browning; Pg. 200: Jean de La Fontaine; Pg. 203: Francois Rabelais; Pg. 207: Patrick Reginald Chalmers; Pg. 214: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne; Pg. 215: Joseph Conrad; Pg. 235: George William Curtis; Pg. 239: Samuel Butler; Pg. 248: T. S. Eliot; Pg. 249: A. E. Housman; Oscar Hammerstein II; Pg. 250: Edgar Allan Poe; Pg. 263: Charles Carryl (also pg. 266); Pg. 265: Samuel Johnson
literature world 1987 Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas. New York: St. Martin's Press (1987); pg. -3. [Frontispiece.] "Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

--T. S. Eliot,
'The Waste Land', IV "

literature world 1987 Carver, Jeffrey A. The Rapture Effect. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 1. [Frontispiece.] "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore. . . .

--Lord Byron ";

Pg. 85: Epigraph: Quote by Archibald MacLeish; Pg. 179: Epigraph: Quote by John Banister Tabb; Pg. 269: Epigraph by John Davidson; Pg. 363: Epigraph by Lewis Carroll

literature world 1987 de Lint, Charles Jack the Giant Killer. New York: Ace Books (1987); pg. -I. [Frontispiece] Quotes from Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W. B. Yeats; The Calendar of the Trees by Wendlessen; and A Midsummer-Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
literature world 1987 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Rumor and Desire " in The Bridge of Lost Desire. New York: Arbor House (1987; c. 1987); pg. 138. [Frontispiece] Quote by Rudolph Gasche from The Tain of the Mirror
literature world 1987 Zelazny, Roger. Sign of Chaos. New York: Arbor House (1987); pg. 5. Pg. 5: "'A Bandersnatch!' someone cried.

'A frumious Bandersnatch!' Humpty corrected. "; Pg. 7: "'Better have the Vorpal Sword in hand, that's all I can say.' "; Pg. 9: "I glanced to my left and saw that the eerie shadow of the Jabberwock had retreated somewhat within the tulgey wood. " [Many other refs. to the 'Jabberwocky' poem, not in DB. Likely many other literary refs. in novel, but no more have been added to DB.]

literature world 1988 Tepper, Sheri S. The Gate to Women's Country. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 75. "ACHILLES: Is that Polyxena?

IPHIGENIA: That is Cassandra, great Achilles. Look closely. That one is still alive.

CASSANDRA: Ghosts! Who are these ghosts?

ANDROMACHE: You see them too?

CASSANDRA: Is that Achilles? And the child--Andromache, is that your son?

ANDROMACHE: It was my son. Odysseus had him slain. " [Many other similar refs., not in DB. See more about Odysseus, pg. 127.]

literature world 1989 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989) "'Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist--slack they may be--these last strands of man
In me or, most weary, cry I can no more . . .'

--Gerard Manley Hopkins "

literature world 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989) [Frontispiece] "One turns in all directions and sees nothing. Yet one senses that there is a source for this deep restlessness; and the path that leads there is not a path to a strange place, but a path home.

--Peter Matthiessen,
The Snow Leopard "

literature world 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 40. Pg. 40: Faulkner and Sir Walter Scott
literature world 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. -3. Pg. -3: Frontispiece: Quote from The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Pg. -1: Frontispiece: 35 lines quotes from "Mr Sludge, 'the Medium' ", by Robert Browning.
literature world 1990 De Haven, Tom. Walker of Worlds. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 0. [Frontispiece] "'The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.'

--O. Henry "

literature world 1990 Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Dragon Wing. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. -7. [Frontispiece] "Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.

--Henry Van Dyke "

literature world 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991) Pg. -1: [Frontispiece has quotes from John Ruskin, G. K. Chesterton, and Edward Lear]; Pg. 38: "...reminding her a certain kind of lush scene in a D. H. Lawrence novel "
literature world 1991 Brooks, Terry. Hook. New York: Fawcett Columbine (1991); pg. 162. "Surrounded by Lost Boys, he had another flash of the horrors of Lord of the Flies, but it turned out they had something much worse in mind. "
literature world 1992 Carey, Diane. Best Destiny (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. vii. [Frontispiece] "What you from your fathers have inherited,
Earn it, in order to possess it.

--Goethe "

literature world 1992 Carey, Diane. Ship of the Line (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. -3. [Pg. -3, author's note before novel:] "All chapter heading quotations, unless otherwise noted, are taken in appreciation from the works of Cecil Scott Forester, including the novel's title. "; [All other refs. listed here are epigraphs] Pg. 3, quote from Hornblower and the Atropos (also pg. 77, 244, 297); Pg. 102: Lieutenant Hornblower; Pg. 126: quote from Forester's Ship of the Line (also pg. 272, 286)
literature world 1992 McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. New York: Tor (1992) [Frontispiece] "A simple way to get to know about a town is to see how the people work, how they love and how they die.

--Albert Camus, The Plague "; Pg. 5: Kierkegaard and Heiler; Pg. 173: " mother, who believed in Mao Zedong and Kierkegaard. "

literature world 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 7. [Epigraph] Quotes from Siegel Agonistes by Colin Lepovre; The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot; Idylls of the King by Tennyson; Pg. 33: Epigraphs: quotes from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward J. Fitzgerald; The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot; and by William Ashbless; Pg. 127: Epigraph quotes from The Waste Land; Idylls of the King; Encyclopaedia Britannica and Matthew 24:26; Pg. 267: Epigraph: Quotes from Idylls of the King by Tennyson; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; The Fox by Ben Johnson; Dedication by Algernon Charles Swinburn; Pg. 464: Epigraphs: Volpone by Ben Johnson; Idylls of the King
literature world 1992 Snodgrass, Melinda M. Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 272. "With Mark in his Takisian comic-opera military togs, and Tisianne in a white fur cloak and fur hat, they looked like refugees from between the covers of War and Peace. "
literature world 1992 Tepper, Sheri S. Sideshow. New York: Bantam (1993; c. 1992); pg. 34. The Turtle Who Wanted to Fly
literature world 1992 Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Serpent Mage. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. -5. [Frontispiece] "Do I dare disturb the universe?

T. S. Eliot,
'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' "

literature world 1993 Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 5. [Frontispiece] "The greatest disaster ever to befall the West was Christianity.
Gravissima calamitas umquam supra Occidentem accidens erat religio Christiana.

--Gore Vidal, A.D. 1987 "

literature world 1993 Simmons, Dan. Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. ix. [Frontispiece]

'Love, thou absolute sole lord of life and death.'

--Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)
'Hymne to St. Theresa'

'Never, never, never, never, never'

--William Shakespeare
King Lear "

literature world 1994 Bova, Ben & A. J. Austin. To Fear the Light. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 7. [Epigraphs by:] Pg. 7: Christina Rossetti; Pg. 29: Walter Bagehot; Pg. 79: Jawaharlal Nehru; Pg. 135: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Pg. 211: Mary Wollstonecraft
literature world 1994 Bradbury, Ray. "Zaharoff/Richter Mark V " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 21. War and Peace
literature world 1994 Brooks, Terry. The Tangle Box. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. -7. [Frontispiece] Quote by Joseph Conrad from Heart of Darkness
literature world 1994 Brust, Steven. Five Hundred Years After. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 443. "Paarfi: As you wish. Name some of your favorite writers, please.

Brust: Well, Alexander Dumas--

Paarfi (ironically): I should never have suspected.

Brust: Twain, Shakespeare-- "

literature world 1994 de Lint, Charles Memory & Dream. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 11. [Frontispiece] "Night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir tree.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson,
from 'Experience,' 1844 "

literature world 1994 Duncan, Dave. The Living God. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 21. Pg. 21: Quote from A Psalm of Life by Longfellow; Pg. 54: Quote from Palamon and Arcite by Dryden; Pg. 84: Essays in Criticism by Mathew Arnold; Pg. 195: Milton, Paradise Lost, I, 60; Pg. 223: Thomas Moore, The Minstrel Boy; Pg. 254: George Canning, The New Morality; Pg. 330: Tennyson, The Princess, vi; Pg. 349: Keats, Hyperion II, 1 92
literature world 1994 Galanter, Dave & Greg Brodeur. Foreign Foes (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "Rousted by the lash of his own stubborn tail,
Our lion now will foreign foes assail.
--John Dryden "
literature world 1994 Willis, Connie. "In the Late Cretaceous " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1991); pg. 293. [Author's introduction.] "As Jane Austen... says, 'For what do we live, but to make sport of our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?' "
literature world 1994 Willis, Connie. "The Last of the Winnebagos " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1988); pg. 1. [Author's introduction.] "...But on the whole, the end of the world in science fiction is more The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe than Armageddon, which I suppose is why it's so popular. "
literature world 1994 Willis, Connie. Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. xv. [Frontispiece] "Nothing can save us that is possible.

--W. H. Auden,
For the Time Being "

literature world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "At the End of the Ninth Year " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 175. Wall Street Journal
literature world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "Dorian in Excelsus " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 127. Oscar Wilde; Dorian Gray [Also: main character is named Dorian]
literature world 1995 Hawke, Simon. The Whims of Creation. New York: Warner Books (1995) [Frontispiece] "'They made fast all the running tackle of the swift dark hull and got out the drinking bowls. These they filled with wine, brim-full, and poured out a offerings to the Immortal Gods that are for ever and ever: honoring especially the clear-eyed Daughter of Zeus: while the ship cleft through the long night towards the dawn.'

The Odyssey
Homer ";

[Also, note that the main character is named Ulysses, and the ship they are on is the Agamemnon. Other such refs. or allusions to ancient literature.]

literature world 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 7. [Frontispiece] Quotes from Shakespeare and Goethe
literature world 1995 Scholz, Carter. "Radiance " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 244. "Like Ulysses, we're never at a loss. "
literature world 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 235. "Reuben clutched two library books under his arm, one on how to pass the civil service exam for the Postal Service, another containing the short stories of Paul Bowles. Reuben, who had fancied himself a Muslim in his early teens--to his mother's horror--had steeped himself in the lore of Africa and the Middle East. Bowles intrigued him even more than Doughty or T. E. Lawrence. "
literature world 1996 Bradbury, Ray. "Exchange " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 213. "'But listen. Do you realize Thomas Wolfe was wrong?'

'Wolfe? The great literary beast? Wrong?'

'The title of one of his books.'

'You Can't Go Home Again?' he guessed. "

literature world 1996 Bradbury, Ray. "Exchange " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 215. Pg. 215: "She put down Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, and Treasure Island.

'Oh,' he said, 'and dear and strange Mr. Poe. How I loved his Red Death.' " [More about Poe.]; Pg. 216: House of Usher; Pg. 218: William Henry Spaulding; Pg. 219: Edith Wharton; Henry James

literature world 1996 Bradbury, Ray. "Free Dirt " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 215. Pg. 227: "There's Civil dirt there, coffin splinters, satin casket shreds from when Lafayette met the Honor Guard's Edgar Allen Poe. "
literature world 1996 Emerson, Jane. City of Diamond. New York: DAW (1996); pg. 19. [Epigraph quotes from literature.] Pg. 19: William Makepeace Thackeray; Pg. 51: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; George, Lord Lyttleton; Pg. 110: John Aubrey; Pg. 142: Thomas Nashe; Pg. 189: Basho; Pg. 191; Charles Lamb; Pg. 220: Henry David Thoreau (Things do not change; we change.); Pg. 295: Emily Dickinson; Pg. 330; Samuel Butler; Pg. 398: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (also pg. 529); Pg. 424: Thomas DeQuincey; Pg. 425: Pascal; Pg. 499: John Dryden; Pg. 512: Emily Dickinson; Pg. 524; Charles Francis Adams; Pg. 558: John Donne; Pg. 567: Thomas Moore
literature world 1996 Feeley, Gregory. "The Crab Lice " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 318. "And in Hermanice Prison, political prisoner Vaclav Havel suddenly looks up from his bunk as something flits through his mind. A letter from his brother Ivan reports that Samuel Beckett has written a play in his honor... he remembers being taught about the novels by Dickens and Zola that provoked social reforms, and which proved poorer works than novels his teachers never mentioned. Great literature exerts only indirect influence; downpours may buffet the landscape, but shifts in the water table transform it. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
literature world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 5. "Had I the patience and the discipline I should have chosen literature. But, while I had read Middlemarch and The Dunciad or, I don't know, Julian Barnes or Jay McInerney... I can remember at school how we would read together in class an ode by Keats, a Shakespeare sonnet or a chapter of Animal Farm... I remember that child in the Dickens novel, Hard Times... Wordsworth's Prelude... "; Pg. 58: "Treasure Island " [Other refs., not in DB.]
literature world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 302. Pg. 302: "Agatha Christie "
literature world 1996 Gilden, Mel. The Starship Trap (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1993) [Frontispiece]

"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

literature world 1996 Knight, Damon. Humpty Dumpty: An Oval. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 7. [Frontispiece] "My ears were made keen by always listening. Often, whatever I was, even at the top of the house, I waited motionless for the enormous clock to strike, lest the boom take me by surprise.

--Robert Aickman, 'The Fetch' "

literature world 1996 McDevitt, Jack. Ancient Shores. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 1. [Epigraph sources.] Pg. 1: Alexander Pope, 'An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot'; Pg. 25: Alfred Lord Tennyson, 'Tithonus'; Pg. 39: Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, II; Pg. 49: Herman Melville, Moby Dick; Pg. 135: Cervantes, Don Quixote; Pg. 180: Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia; Pg. 194: Walt Whitman, 'Passage to India'; Pg. 214: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'Hymn Before Sunrise'; Pg. 230: George Santayana, 'Sonnett III'; Pg. 301: William Cowper, 'The Task'; Pg. 323: Euripides, The Suppliant Women; Pg. 333: Montaigne, 'Of Steadfastness'; Pg. 357: NBC; Tom Brokaw
literature world 1996 Perry, S. D. Aliens: Labyrinth. New York: Bantam (1996) [Frontispiece] Quote by Francis Thompson, 1893
literature world 1996 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "Friends, take heart, banish all fear. One day--who knows?--we will look back even on these things and laugh.

--The Aeneid Book One "

literature world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Young Wives " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 295. "'...You make yourself as morbid as one of Mr. Keats's or Mr. Byron's poems...' "
literature world 1997 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 191. [Epigraph poem by A. E. Housman from More Poems]
literature world 1997 Drake, David. Lord of the Isles. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 9. "A Note to the Reader

I've stolen all the verse quoted within this novel from Greek and Latin poets. Celondre is Horace, whose Odes I carried through Basic Training and into Vietnam. Rigal is Homer, and the passage quoted--to me, the most moving passage in literature--is from the Iliad. Etter is Hildebert of Lavardin; there's more to Medieval Latin than hymns and drinking songs... "

literature world 1997 Duane, Diane. Intellivore (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "Cogito, ergo sum.

--Descartes "

literature world 1997 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. vii. [Frontispiece] Quotes: W. H. Auden, 'Blessed Event'; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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