Dorothy Day; A Radical Devotion

Dorothy Day; A Radical Devotion

by Robert Coles
     
 

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Robert Coles first met Dorothy Day over thirty-five years ago when, as a medical student, he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens. He remained close to this inspiring and controversial woman until her death in 1980. His book, an intellectual and psychological portrait, confronts candidly the central puzzles of her life: the sophisticated Greenwich

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Robert Coles first met Dorothy Day over thirty-five years ago when, as a medical student, he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens. He remained close to this inspiring and controversial woman until her death in 1980. His book, an intellectual and psychological portrait, confronts candidly the central puzzles of her life: the sophisticated Greenwich Village novelist and reporter who converted to Catholicism; the single mother who raised her child in a most unorthodox "family"; her struggles with sexuality, loneliness, and pride; her devout religious conservatism coupled with radical politics. This intense portrait is based on many years of conversation and correspondence, as well as tape-recorded interviews.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pulitzer Prize-winning Coles ( Children of Crisis ) here presents Dorothy Day, founder of the newspaper the Catholic Worker , whom he acknowledges as spiritual mentor. ``Day's compelling point of view is expressed in story format in an unconventional biography that is appropriate for the sensual woman many consider a saint,'' wrote PW. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201079746
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/1989
Series:
Radcliffe Biography Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
140,026
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

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