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The young Dorothy Day - Catholic Worker odds & ends
March 26th, 2014
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The young Dorothy Day
"May I write about you Dorothy? I'll have to ask you if I can. I saw your picture only last summer in a newspaper article, and I heard lately that you have been written about in TIME and elsewhere. Do you remember "Frankie and Johnny,"  and how, some weeks later, you and I went together to that deserted restaurant at dawn and saw Louis Holliday, dead, sitting at a table, while the wind from an open window ruffled his hair, and his empty eyes stared into space---those eyes that had been so sure and joyous on his return the afternoon before? It's a strange world Dorothy, as our friend had just said. I must pay you one compliment among many, which is that---although I don't think you were more than twenty then--you could sing "Frankie and Johnny" in a way that it was never sung before..."     (from PART OF A LONG STORY by Agnes Boulton, London; Peter Davies, 1958)

It is interesting to note that, according to Dorothy, the Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev told her at a party some years later that she had a good "ear" but a terrible voice.  Also along this line Dorothy once told me that if re-incarnation were true she would like to come back as a Wagnerian soprano!  She did love the music dramas of Richard Wagner.---Robert Steed

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