Books: Secular Saint

DOROTHY DAY by William D. Miller

Harper & Row; 527 pages; $18.95 We are put here to become saints," Dorothy Day declared, and with braid-crowned head thrust back and lanky arms flailing, she marched through life as if being a saint were the least of it. This fierce woman, this muscular Christian, founded and edited the intransigently radical Catholic Worker. She suffered prison zestfully for her conscience, as suffragist and pacifist. At 15 she demonstrated with the farm workers of Cesar Chavez and went to jail for one last time. The old lady's...

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