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August 15th, 2008
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Dorothy Day in modern fiction
Dorothy was a character in two novels: MOON GAFFNEY by Harry Sylvester and THE MALEFACTORS by Caroline Gordon. They are both long out of print but can be ordered through used book dealers: abebooks.com and alibris.com

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Date:August 24th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
From a letter by Robert Lowell to J. F. Powers, May 16, 1956, regarding The Malefactors:

"An important character is Dorothy Day, sublimated, canonized, the book dedicated to her, but made to perform a black mass and on the last page kissed on the mouth by Allen, or rather kissing Allen on the mouth, meaning peace. Dorothy saw the book in page proofs, blew up, and forced the removal of both the black mass and the dedication."

Footnote 10 to Lost Puritan by Paul Mariani.
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Date:August 27th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for this. I have never read these letters. I know that Dorothy was freaked out by the original ms. and demanded that Gordon and the publishers take out all the offensive material. Gordon visited Dorothy around the around the time of the proposed publication of THE MALEFACTORS and I met her. She invited me to visit her in Princeton. Dorothy advised me against it saying that Gordon had an unhealthy interest in young men. I heeded her advice. I had been "hit on" by a couple of older men and had no desire to repeat those experiences with an "older woman." RS
Date:September 12th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)

Dorothy Day our beloved


Our beloved Dorothy Day
quoted so often...but almost alone,
detached, as in an obsession
next to few other saints anymore
or their doctrine,
or the Mystical Body,
is turned into a
Cult of Personality
which so many saints

Date:November 17th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)

Dorothy Day in contemporary fiction - New

Check out The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston, a Canadian. Publisher Vintage Canada, September 7, 1999. In pp. 164-167, Dorothy appears as herself but the dialogue is fictitious.
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