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The life you save may be your own : an American pilgrimage

Author: Paul Elie
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This volume chronicles the influences, writing struggles and religious imagination at work in four American writers -- Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day. All of them were Catholic, and all of them flourished over the roughly 30- or 40-year period from the 1930's through the 60's that is sometimes called ''the Catholic moment'' in America. Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Day was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Dorothy Day; Walker Percy; Flannery O'Connor; Dorothy Day; Thomas Merton; Flannery O'Connor; Walker Percy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Elie
ISBN: 0374256802 9780374256807
OCLC Number: 51046749
Description: xiii, 554 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : on pilgrimage --
Experience --
The downward path --
Seeking the real --
Another world --
Independents --
The school of the Holy Ghost --
The stranger --
Counterparts --
Convergences --
Pilgrimage or crusade? --
The holiness of the ordinary --
The life you save may be your own.
Responsibility: Paul Elie.
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This volume chronicles the influences, writing struggles and religious imagination at work in four American writers -- Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day. All of them were Catholic, and all of them flourished over the roughly 30- or 40-year period from the 1930's through the 60's that is sometimes called ''the Catholic moment'' in America. Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Day was the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; O'Connor was a "Christ-haunted" literary prodigy in Georgia; Percy was a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. The author draws comparisons between their backgrounds, temperaments, circumstances and words, he reveals "four like-minded writers" whose work took the shape of a movement. Though they produced no manifesto they were unified as pilgrims moving toward the same destination while taking different paths.

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