New York: Harper & Row, 1982. First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. Gift inscription, dated 1982, to free front endpaper of near-fine book, toning and gentle wear to upper edges of dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #102
First edition of this authorized biography of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement by Marquette professor William Miller, published two years after Day's death in 1980. Dorothy converted to Catholicism in 1927. Inspired by befriending Peter Maurin in 1932, they founded the Catholic Worker together on May 1, 1933 and over the next 50 years she became the most widely known American Catholic. "The enigma of Dorothy Day was her ability to reconcile her radical social positions (she called herself an anarchist as well as a pacifist) with a traditional and even conservative piety. Her commitment to poverty, obedience. and chastity was as firm as any nun's. But she remained thoroughly immersed in the secular world with all the 'precarity' and disorder that came along with life among the poor." (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). Portrait of Dorothy by Richard Avedon.