Day is an unusual candidate for sainthood. This made it difficult to read. This excerpted line led Matthew and I to invite our friends to join us in formal round table discussions which continued with dubious formality for the remainder of college, solidifying a group that was the backbone of my undergraduate experience. She would study the catechism on her own. He was from the South. Do I think Dorothy Day is a saint after reading this book? Her life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. Dorothy Day 1897-1980 was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and cofounder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor.
That surprised me, at least until I discovered a bit more about Day. Her work has been included in Best American Travel Writing. Dorothy Day 1897-1980 was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Kate received the blessing of her siblings to publish the book. I confess I was frustrated in reading this memoir, because I really just wanted the ideas behind the Catholic Worker laid out for me along with the organizational structure.
As much an analysis of Tamar and Day's relationship as it is biography, Hennessy avoids the type of hagiography that both Day and Tamar disliked. Days life during the teens and twenties was somewhat that of a libertine. She supported Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers, and the Cuban revolution that she believed would help the poor. Dorothy Day occasionally sent money or dropped in to lend a helping hand when it suited her, but Tamar was on her own. Tamar married very young — her husband was an abusive alcoholic — and began having one child after another. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. Imagine growing up in a series of poverty-and politics-infused Catholic Worker houses and farmsteads with a mother many would call a Saint.
And also at this time, they decided to buy a farm. And she said, well, what can we do? And how did it - why did it connect so? First, I found the writing style itself hard to follow. My grandmother loved to talk. They led the Catholic Worker Movement from its beginnings in the Great Depression through the Vietnam War era. Day fed thousands of people, wrote newspaper columns, novels and plays, was arrested several times in protests, chain smoked for years, at a time lived on farms as part of an agrarian Back-to-the-Land strand of the Catholic Worker Movement. They had been living in Chicago. Because there are no footnotes, we don't know where the author got the information and how accurate it it.
At that time, this was in the teens. One may ask why Day still plays an interesting role. She subscribed to personal and sexual freedom until she was caught by that old Hound of Heaven. Tell us a bit about your father, David Hennesy. She was also full of humor and laughter, and could light up any room she entered.
And I think this early marriage was her way of saying, this is my life. It was a time when she and Dorothy were kind of having their struggles. Hennessy's book is as much about her mother Tamar as her grandmother Dorothy, and both portraits rendered with kindness and love. The author is, perhaps, too close to her subject to give a good account. .
That started to change in the '60s. It's not as much a biography of Day as it is an attempt to understand the generations of women in their family. She bought her first home--a cottage on the shore on Staten Island--and there, she converted to Catholicism, fell in love with Forster Batterham, and spent her first years as a mother to Tamar. After all, he was a Virginian, a man, and more importantly the President. And so they had to open up a house of hospitality. By the 1970s, in her later years, she saw a slow reduction of many of these ventures, especially as she aged and was in poor health.
Hennessy presents her grandmother in full. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc and Emmanuel Mounier. Her life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. Young Dorothy rubbed elbows with the literary elite of her time: Eugene O'Neill was a good friend. Tamar took after her father, quite the opposite of the talkative, action-oriented Dorothy. And so I think that there was something quite traumatizing in that relationship.
Was it a marble statue being knocked the hell off its pedestal? I was also offered the chance to live there as a volunteer, but I did the conventional thing and went to college instead. The cover image for this book, showing Dorothy Day and daughter, Tamar, wading in the surf on Staten Island, while initially surprising, is perfect for a biography crafted by Day's granddaughter, Kate Hennessy. This was a 4 star read for me because I was very interested in the central figures. It's hard to just - to define her as an anti-abortion person. Day had only one child, Tamar, born out of wedlock when she and the girl's father couldn't come to an agreement about faith and marriage. She became famous, and people came to think of her as a spiritual leader.