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An Eye For Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist: 1916-1917 Paperback – March 3, 2016
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From the Back Cover
"A nation can beconsidered great when it ... strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed,as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work" (Pope Francis, Address to U.S.Congress). That work began in the autumn of 1916 when Dorothy was hired by The New York Call at the age of 18.Guided by 36 articles with her byline, we encounter a writer at the outset ofher career dedicated to changing a world indifferent to the plight of the lessfortunate through journalism.
Dorothy's monthsat The Call coincide with the UnitedStates' buildup for its entrance into the war raging in Europe. This drumbeatfor war sets the pace as young Dorothy composes her articles as a pacifist andfriend of the working poor.
Those who knowDorothy through her later work will recognize her eye for others and herunwavering commitment to a peaceful society through mutual cooperation, justiceand brotherly love.
An Eye For Othersis a wish come true! I've often longed to know more about Dorothy Day's life asa young journalist and here it is. At age 18 she was hired by The Call, a socialist daily newspaper,and quickly emerged as a brave and talented reporter more interested in sufferingpeople than in radical ideology. The book reveals how much the later DorothyDay was visible in her younger self. McDonough also opens a window on Americain the last months before it went to war in Europe.
Jim Forest, All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day
The book readsmore like a work of scholarship than a hagiography. This distinguishesMcDonough's book from other biographies, and underscores the point that Day'sjournalism and social commentary deserve wider consideration beyond the small Catholiccircles in which she is revered.
CatherineHillcrest, New Boston Post
McDonough'scareful work shows us that Dorothy Day's life was all of a piece, despiteseeming inconsistencies. Her articles for the New York Call, written when she was only 18, demonstrate thather concern for the poor and the horrors of war and inequality that causepoverty, were present from the beginning. An important book on one of the fewperiods of Day's life that has not received attention.
RosalieRiegle, Dorothy Day: Portraits byThose Who Knew Her
This earlyjournalism lets us see young Dorothy Day, still in her teens, growing into themagnificent woman she eventually became. I'm grateful to Tom McDonough forcollecting the work and helping the world to know about a modern saint whoraised hell, fed and clothed the poor, and demonstrated how to be trulyvirtuous.
Dennis O'Neil,DC Comics
About the Author
One of Dorothy Day's friends at The Call, Ryan Walker, was the creator of the political cartoon series "The Adventures of Henry Dubb" which first appeared in that paper on Labor Day Weekend, 1916. As we race toward the 100th anniversary of Henry Dubb's appearance, Mr. McDonough is feverishly combining Walker's cartoons with background information from the newspaper and other commentary to provide the reader with deep insights into the life of the working poor at the threshold of America's entry into the Great War.
Still in its draft form is Mr. McDonough's biography of Ernesto Cofiño, a Guatemalan pediatrician with the heart of Pope Francis.
Mr. McDonough posts information related to his research for these books on his blog, The Shire With WIFI. Drop on by.
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Her writing style was creative and bluntly realistic. She had an eye for others and an ear for the sufferings of the poor. She wrote about real people, not the masses, not abstractions. Already in 1917 she was well on her way to being the person she became after her religious conversion.
This book draws on her later writings as well, plus those of her colleagues Mike Gold and Floyd Dell. Here are good insights into the artistic and literary notables she worked with, the socialists, anarchists, and Wobblies she hung out with, and the public figures she encountered in her work, such as Leon Trotsky and Margaret Sanger. Lots of hands-on history here.
Highly recommended to Catholic Workers, New Yorkers, and historians of the World War I period. Illustrated. No index.
McDonough offers insights into where Dorothy Day received the seeds of her Catholic conversion through this collection of photos, cartoons, images, and her authentic articles. An inimitable segment of U.S. history, An Eye for Others is a fantastic portal into understanding Catholic social teaching, through Dorothy Day's social activism and her gift of writing.
A gifted writer himself, McDonough writes clearly, succinctly, and honestly in this excerpt of Day's burgeoning writing career. This book is ideal for the person who desires to know more about Dorothy Day's beginnings, capture a bit of her magnanimous and sensitive heart, and grasp a larger picture of how and why the Catholic Church stands with the poor of our world in such a radical way.