Peter Maurin

We are interested in learning more about the core values and aspirations of Peter Maurin, a Socratic figure whose Easy Essays are his only published work. Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic worker movement, has much more published material, but much of it is of a journalistic nature. By Day’s account, Maurin’s theological, political and moral thought was foundational for her understanding of Christianity and the movement that they founded. Therefore, one of the goals of our upcoming Dustbowl Diatribes podcast will be elucidating Maurin’s thought with the hope for understanding his vision, evaluating it, and asking what of it can be used in our times. Dorothy Day wrote much about Maurin, which provides us with more published work. Below we’ve listed some resources by or about Maurin.

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Here is a link to Peter Maurin’s Easy Essays.

The Maurin collection at the Dorothy Day archive collection at Marquette University:

https://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/Mss/DDCW/DDCW-seriesW10.php

Benedictine University’s description of this collection: The Marquette University Archives began to acquire the records of the Catholic Worker movement in 1962. The collection now comprises more than 200 cubic feet, including the personal papers of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and others involved in the movement; records of past and present Catholic Worker communities; photographs; audio and video recordings of interviews, talks, television programs, and peace demonstrations; and a wide variety of publications. Although access to materials of a confidential nature has been restricted at the donors’ request, most records are open to research use.

A Friday talk at the Catholic Worker in New York in February 2017.