Santiago cites as three examples: Thomas Merton (Seven Storey Mountain); Tony Hendra (Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul) and Michael Novak (who discusses his encounter in "Controversial Engagements" First Things 92 (April 1999): 21-29.).
It is an interesting phenomenon, and one other bohemian comes to mind -- Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was introduced to The Story of a Soul by her confessor, Father Zachary, in 1928:
I dutifully read The Story of a Soul and am ashamed to confess that I found it colorless, monotonous, too small in fact for my notice. . . . Joan of Arc leading an army fitted more into my concept of a saint, familar as I was with the history of labor with its martyrs in the service of their brothers. "Love of a brother is to lay down one's life on the barricades, in revolt against the hunger and injustice of the world," I told Father Zachary, trying to convert him to my point of view.
At that time, Day was working for the Anti-Imperialist League, a Communist Party affiliate. Eventually, with the encouragement of Fr. Zachary, she came to distance herself from Marxism (although remaining committed to the poor and least among us). Likewise, she gradually came to discover -- along with Thomas Merton, Michael Novak, and other young bohemians -- the power and glory of The Little Flower.
Dorothy came to write her own book on St. Therese, detailing those aspects of Theresa's life that touched her most, as a way of introducing the saint to the rest of the Catholic Workers. She closes the book with the following passage from Pope Pius XII: