Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion

Paperback | January 22, 1989

byRobert 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 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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Dorothy Day and Robert Coles first met over thirty-five years ago when he worked in her Catholic Worker soup kitchen. They remained close until her death in 1980. Coles' volume is based on many years of conversations, correspondence, and tape-recorded interviews he shared with her.More than a biography, this candid portrait confronts t...

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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: t...

Boston-born psychiatrist and author Robert Martin Coles devoted his professional life to the psychology of children. Coles has been associated with the Harvard University Medical School since 1960. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume series entitled Children in Crisis, Coles has contributed hundreds of articles to popular ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.48 inPublished:January 22, 1989Publisher:Da Capo Books

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ISBN - 10:0201079747

ISBN - 13:9780201079746

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Dorothy Day and Robert Coles first met over thirty-five years ago when he worked in her Catholic Worker soup kitchen. They remained close until her death in 1980. Coles' volume is based on many years of conversations, correspondence, and tape-recorded interviews he shared with her.More than a biography, this candid portrait confronts the seeming contradictions of Day's life and lets her unravel them in her own blunt style: 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 loneliness and pride; her devout religious conservatism coupled with her radical politics.