Springfield, Illinois: Templegate Publishers, 1982. First edition. Octavo, original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. A nearly-fine copy. Item #490
“THE BOOKS WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. THE MILLIONS OF WORDS WRITTEN CAN NOURISH US, ENLIGHTEN US, STRENGTHEN US – IN FACT, BE OUR FOOD JUST AS CHRIST, THE WORD, IS ALSO OUR FOOD.” First edition of this engaging tribute to Dorothy Day and the sustaining nature of literature, published shortly after her death. Dorothy Day was devoted to the simple pleasures of life: coffee, the opera, newspapers, and most of all books: "Lord did she read! Not just the expected bibliography of Christian revolution, either. Along with Pascal, Berdaev, Tolstoy and Chesterton, she read the lives of the saints, literary gossip, Berlitz language courses, Murray Kempton, Dickens, Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, garden columns and, apparently, any travel book she could get her hands on. She read back issues of the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, gleaned from the trash cans on Manhattan. It was not only an activity she thoroughly enjoyed (and she was fond of quoting Teresa of Avila: "one must do something make life bearable") but a wellspring for the spiritual life which her vocation both engendered and required." From the Introduction by editors Margaret Quigley and Michael Garvey. The quotes of Dorothy's are taken primarily from her "On Pilgrimage" column in The Catholic Worker. These selections from her reading and writing are accompanied by twelve illustrations by Ade Bethune, "a respected and beloved friend of Dorothy Day. Her work has appeared for many years in the Catholic Worker." A wonderful introduction to the literary devotions of a saint.