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The Long Loneliness

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Cover art by Fritz Eichenberg

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]


  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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cantwell, Daniel M. (1952). "Review of The Long Loneliness". The American Catholic Sociological Review. 13 (2): 114–115. doi:10.2307/3707377. ISSN 0362-515X. JSTOR 3707377.
  • Cort, John C. (February 23, 1973). "Dorothy Day at 75". Commonweal. pp. 475–476.
  • Fremantle, Anne (March 1, 1952). "'Good Like Bread'". The Saturday Review. p. 12.
  • McMahon, Francis E. (August 4, 1952). "A Catholic Worker (Rev. of The Long Loneliness)". The New Republic. p. 20.
  • Purinton, Carl E. (1952). "Review of The Long Loneliness. The Autobiography of Dorothy Day". Journal of Bible and Religion. 20 (3): 217. ISSN 0885-2758. JSTOR 1458455.
  • Reinhold, H. A. (February 29, 1952). "The Long Loneliness of Dorothy Day". Commonweal. pp. 521–522.
  • Vree, Dale (May 6, 1983). "Rev. of The Long Loneliness". Commonweal. pp. 266–269.
  • White, George Abbott (1973). "Thank More, Need Less: The Catholic Worker". CrossCurrents. 23 (2): 199–205. ISSN 0011-1953. JSTOR 24457843.