A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG - May 2016
This month marks the 95th birthday of Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J., an acclaimed poet, a courageous witness for nonviolence and general disturber of the “false peace.” To mark the occasion, we are honored to publish The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence between Daniel and Philip Berrigan edited by Daniel Cosacchi and Eric Martin. The Berrigans were famous, of course, for their part in destroying draft files in 1968 as part of the Catonsville 9 protest against the Vietnam War. That action, along with their subsequent trial and imprisonment, was only one chapter in their tireless work for peace and justice. That work was rooted in a remarkable brotherly bond.
Over a period of seven decades, they wrote each other almost every week. Their letters reflect not only their common hopes and dreams, but also their intense devotion to one another and unbending faith in the face of great adversity. For all who have shared any part of their journey, this book is an event and a great gift. (It joins three other Berrigan titles on the Orbis shelf: Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings and Testimony, both edited by John Dear, and The Raft Is Not the Shore, conversations between Daniel Berrigan and Thich Nhat Hanh.)