The Long Loneliness

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The Long Loneliness is the autobiography of Dorothy Day, published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers. In the book, Day chronicles her involvement in socialist groups along with her eventual conversion to Catholicism in 1927, and the beginning of her newspaper the Catholic Worker in 1933.[1][2]

It has been characterized as "a remarkably candid account, without piety, of her journey to faith".[1] A 1952 review in The New York Times focused on her interactions with communism and her journey away from it while staying true to her radical roots: "This book will not shock anybody. It may touch many, whatever their secular or religious faith, who lament the kindliness and sympathy that Communists found among certain left-wing groups -- and betrayed."[2]

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The following is a list of prayers, people, and publications mentioned in the book until the end of the chapter "The Masses":





  1. ^ a b McCarraher, Gene (June 27, 2004). "'The Long Loneliness' at 50". Commonweal Magazine (May 3, 2002). Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Duffus, R.L. (January 20, 1952). "Behind the Slogans She Saw the Dream in Men's Hearts; THE LONG LONELINESS. The autobiography of Dorothy Day". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2022.

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