Witness To Freedom: The Letters Of Thomas Merton In Times Of Crises

Witness To Freedom: The Letters Of Thomas Merton In Times Of Crises

by Thomas Merton
     
 

The letters in this fifth and last volume of Merton's correspondence span four decades, but most were written during the late fities and early sixties, when Merton experienced two serious crises in his life. Selected, edited, and with an Introduction by William H. Shannon; Index.

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The letters in this fifth and last volume of Merton's correspondence span four decades, but most were written during the late fities and early sixties, when Merton experienced two serious crises in his life. Selected, edited, and with an Introduction by William H. Shannon; Index.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Trappist monk, novelist, poet and social critic, Merton (1915-1968) oscillates between engagement and solitude, hope and despair, in these impassioned, searching letters. This fifth and final volume of his correspondence--all of which are edited by Shannon--reflects his commitment to nuclear disarmament, his immersion in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence, his growing ecological awareness and his quest for a political philosophy of freedom grounded in his Catholic faith. Merton critiques the United States as a ``warfare state'' in which the convergent interests of big business, the military and the wealthy dominate and dictate national policy. The content of his letters to ecologist Rachel Carson, folksinger Joan Baez, fellow poet-teacher Mark Van Doren, French-Arabic scholar Louis Massignon and Zen adept Masso Abe show the breadth of his pursuits. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156002745
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968. The Sign of Jonas was originally published in 1953.

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