All the Way to Heaven by Dorothy Day

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Sainthood and the single woman. Sanctity without incredulity. Sexual love without regret. That’s the totally ordinary, amazing thing about Dorothy Day.
-NY Times

Synopsis

“The publication of the letters of Dorothy Day is a significant event in the history of Christian spirituality.” —Jim Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints
 
Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, has been called the most significant, interesting, and influential person in the history of American Catholicism. Now the publication of her letters, previously sealed for 25 years after her death and meticulously selected by Robert Ellsberg, reveals an extraordinary look at her daily struggles, her hopes, and her unwavering faith.

This volume, which extends from the early 1920s until the time of her death in 1980, offers a fascinating chronicle of her response to the vast changes in America, the Church, and the wider world. Set against the backdrop of the Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Vatican II, Vietnam, and the protests of the 1960s and ’70s, she corresponded with a wide range of friends, colleagues, family members, and well-known figures such as Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, César Chávez, Allen Ginsberg, Katherine Anne Porter, and Francis Cardinal Spellman, shedding light on the deepest yearnings of her heart. At the same time, the first publication of her early love letters to Forster Batterham highlight her humanity and poignantly dramatize the sacrifices that underlay her vocation.
 
“These letters are life-, work-, and faith-affirming.” —National Catholic Reporter
 

About Dorothy Day

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Robert Ellsberg is the publisher of Orbis Books. For five years (1975-1980) he was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City, serving for two years as managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper. He has edited Dorothy Day: Selected Writings and has co-edited A Penny a Copy: Readings from the Catholic Worker. This volume is a companion to his previous book, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, which won two First Place Book Awards from the Catholic Press Association. His own books include All Saints, The Saints' Guide to Happiness, and Blessed Among All Women. He lives in Ossining, New York.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Image. 626 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Lawrence Downes on Mar 19 2012

Sainthood and the single woman. Sanctity without incredulity. Sexual love without regret. That’s the totally ordinary, amazing thing about Dorothy Day.

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American Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Baxter on Nov 08 2010

This previously unreleased correspondence records a poignant story of unfulfilled longing, unrequited love.

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Infoshop News

Excellent
Reviewed by Admin on Nov 07 2010

They certainly confirm the deep, passionate love described in Dorothy’s memoir, thus underscoring the incredible sacrifice she endured for the sake of her faith.

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Corpus NCR

Excellent
Reviewed by Arthur Jones on May 20 2011

With an important selection such as this, how satisfying and reassuring to know its editor, Ellsberg, was so closely acquainted with his subject.

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the revealer

Below average
Reviewed by Jack Downey on Mar 07 2011

Day’s letters put flesh on the bones of her conventional narrative, and while Ellsberg does flesh things out nicely with periodic editorial supplements, without some additional background, what would otherwise be rare and intriguing insights into the life of a human gem will be just… her mail.

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Catholic Worker

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Altemose on Feb 01 2011

The editing by Robert Ellsberg, a former editor of the New York Catholic Worker and the editor of two other books on Dorothy’s writings, is outstanding.

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Shirt of Flame

Good
Reviewed by Heather King on Jun 12 2011

And again, we have editor Robert Ellsberg to thank for this massive and painstaking labor of love.

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John Dear

Good
Reviewed by John Dear on Jan 01 2011

That’s one of the helpful insights in the first-ever collection, All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day (edited by Robert Ellsberg, Marquette University Press, 2010).

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