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Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion (Radcliffe Biography Series)

Coles, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0201028298 / ISBN 13: 9780201028294
Published by A Merloyd Lawrence Book/Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1987
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182pp. Stated "First printing, April 1987" with no other printings cited. Sand boards with red cloth spine and brilliant gilt lettering; maroon endpapers. Dustwrapper not price-clipped ($17.95) with black and white photo-portrait of Day at center front cover, within red wood-grain-like borders around photo; author name lettering in light yellow across bottom front cover; spine sunned to near gray, but yellow lettering on spine still distinct and readable; light wear across spine ends and at corners: Now in mylar which forgives all sins graciously. No previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005979

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Title: Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion (Radcliffe ...

Publisher: A Merloyd Lawrence Book/Addison-Wesley Publishing

Publication Date: 1987

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Drawing on many years of friendship and correspondence, the eminent psychiatrist and author offers an intellectual and psychological portrait of the controversial writer and social activist, with insights into her social and religious conservatism and her radical politics

From Publishers Weekly:

Harvard psychiatrist Coles, Pulitzer Prize winner for Children of Crisis, here presents Dorothy Day, whom he acknowledges as spiritual mentor. Coles first met Day, who died in 1980, 35 years ago when, as a medical student, he did volunteer work at the soup kitchen of her famed "house of hospitality" on New York's lower East Side. From taped conversations with Day over a two-year period in the '70s, Coles examines the strands of the personal vision of this unusual woman. There are reminiscences of her early bohemian rounds in Greenwich Village with Eugene O'Neill, Mike Gold, Kenneth Burke and others who, like her, were aspiring writers. Before the spiritual epiphany that drew her to Catholicism she suffered sexual conflict and was an unwed mother. A meeting with Peter Maurin, a French spiritual revolutionary, led to the founding of her newspaper the Catholic Worker, still in circulation. 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.
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