New York: Benziger Brothers, 1917. First edition. Small octavo, original gilt brick cloth. Very faint toning to spine. A nearly-fine copy. Item #207
First edition of the German-American Jesuit's guide for lay Catholics in an industrialized society. Born in Milwaukee to German immigrant parents, Husslein joined the Society of Jesus in 1891 and embarked on a mission of service to the largely immigrant American Church. He was determined to implement the social teachings of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891) and Pope Pius XI's Quadragesimo Anno (1931). "Joseph Husslein lived at his desk. He spent most of his waking hours with his pencils, carbon paper, and typewriter. Yet this quiet man, with no close friends, was driven by a vision that only the teachings of Christ could bring justice to humanity. From behind his desk, as he labored to explain, promote, and develop Christian teaching, Joseph Husslein tried to change the world." (Stephen A. Werner). The Catholic's Work in the World was published while Husslein was teaching at Fordham University, completing a PhD in Sociology, and serving as Associate Editor at America magazine. Publisher's catalogue bound at the rear of the text. Approbations.