A ""risible reader by Catholic writers"" manages to persuade the reader that the very fact of Catholicism provides an added fillip to humor. It is a grand collection- good stories- extracts from longer works- verse- anecdote- biographical and autobiographical bits a salutary blend of humor and religion, hilarity and holiness. The literary stalwarts of the early 20th century and a generous selection from younger writers including such well-known names as Sheila Kaye-Smith, John Kieran, Frank Fay, Maureen Daly, Sean O'Faolain, Westbrook Pegler, Frank O'Connor, Bruce Marshall, H.I. Phillips, Evelyn Waugh, Maurice Walsh, Padraic Colum and many others. There are reflections of the lighter side of life in parochial schools, seminaries and other facets of Catholic life. The biographical notes on the contributors will interest many.