371 pages. This volume includes a selection of Dorothy Day's published work, spanning a period of over fifty years. Although the great majority of the pieces have been reprinted from The Catholic Worker, a number of other magazine articles are included, as well as selections from all her books.
Autobiographical novel of Day's pre-conversion years. Begins with family relationships, with emphasis on her mother. Proceeds through her radical years with the pacifist, birth control, socialist and suffrage movements, and ends with her abortion and break up with Lionel Moise (Dick Wemys).
An autobiography written as a letter to her brother John. Conversion story genre of her conversion from Communism to Catholicism. Compiled from articles in America and Preservation of the Faith. Expounds on such topics as Eucharist, prayer, Marxism, capitalism, free will and St. Teresa of Avila.
An account of the first five years of the Catholic Worker (CW). Describes the CW not simply as a newspaper but as a movement. Explicates its position on labor and unions through Peter Maurin’s ideas on personalism. Much of the book is taken up with the day to day experiences of the CW, describing the soup lines, publication of the paper, picketing, farm communes, and the finances of the CW.
Based on a 1948 diary, this book provides an intimate look into Day's personal life as well as essential background for understanding the Catholic Worker movement, which she founded. Day - now a candidate for beatification - is one of the most appealing of modern religious leaders. Here she reflects on the social and moral concerns of her day in the light of her faith in Christ and her experience of living the Gospel: the disenfranchised poor, the benefits of meaningful work, the significance of the family, the dangers of increasing commercialization and secularism, the decline of moral standards, and the importance of faith.