A Faithful Striving

The Diaries of Dorothy Day

In her 1952 spiritual autobiography, The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day (1897–1980) described her early habit of keeping a diary: “When I was a child, my sister and I kept notebooks; recording happiness made it last longer, we felt, and recording sorrow dramatized it and took away its bitterness; and often we settled some problem which beset us, even while we wrote about it.”...

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About the Author

Robert Ellsberg is the publisher of Orbis Books, the author of All Saints, and the editor of The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day (Marquette University Press).