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Dorothy Day The World Will Be Saved by Beauty An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother
Category: Books > Biographies > Biographies
Author/Artist: HENNESSY KATE
ISBN / ID: 9781501133961
Publisher: Scribner
Price: AU$55.95
Description: The life and work of Dorothy Day as told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter.

Day was a living contradiction. She converted to Catholicism after a youth she described as a "disorderly life," during which she had an abortion and then gave birth to a child out of wedlock. Though devoted to the people she served, she could be difficult and demanding with Tamar, her only child. Hennessy draws on letters, diaries, manuscripts, Day's published works, and her own relationship with her mother and grandmother to locate Day within these contradictory selves: loving and domineering, humble and proud, vivacious and judgmental. Dorothy Day was named a "great American" by Pope Francis and has been recognised as a Servant of God by the Catholic Church, the first step toward canonisation. In a world preoccupied with materialism, she is a model for constructive action. Hennessy presents a loving, intimate account of an undersung champion of social justice.
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