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'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty' Memoir Rejects Hagiography

4 days ago   |   By Pop Matters

What happens when you write a biography of your grandmother, who's now considered for the initial stages of canonization? A single mother, a Greenwich Village bohemian, a fiery leader of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day led a long life between 1897 and 1980. She exemplifies a radical leap of faith, for this convert commits herself to the ultimate Gospel aims of eliminating wants, reducing needs, rejecting authority, and loving the poor. The youngest of her nine grandchildren, Kate Hennessy orients her take on her family as a correction to academic or airy studies of Day. "An...
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