Quiet Terrors, Quiet Joy

The Duty of Delight
The Diaries of Dorothy Day
Edited by Robert Ellsberg
Marquette University Press, $42, 700 pp.

In 1846, Søren Kierkegaard wrote, “All religiousness is rooted in being moved, in being shaken, in qualitative pressure on the springs of subjectivity.” Kierkegaard’s observation seems relevant to these diaries of Dorothy Day, most of them previously unpublished, because they offer deeper access to the subjective wellsprings of Day’s compelling religious life.

Day has become ever more widely known to the general public for her founding (...

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Mel Piehl is professor of humanities and history at Christ College, Valparaiso University.

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