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A search for solitude : pursuing the monk's true life

Author: Thomas Merton; Lawrence Cunningham
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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By 1952, Thomas Merton's renown as the bestselling author of The Seven Storey Mountain was well established. During the years illuminated by this third volume of his private journals, Merton struggled to reconcile his celebrity with his desire for a life of hermetic silence and contemplation. Already at the Abbey of Gethsemani for over a decade, Merton was beginning to grow impatient with the strictures and
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968.
Search for solitude.
[San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1996
(OCoLC)604560478
Online version:
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968.
Search for solitude.
[San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1996
(OCoLC)610111536
Named Person: Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Merton; Lawrence Cunningham
ISBN: 0060654783 9780060654788 0060654791 9780060654795
OCLC Number: 33439106
Description: xviii, 406 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Master of students, July 1952 - March 1953 --
Master of novices, July 1956 - May 1960.
Responsibility: Thomas Merton ; edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham.
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By 1952, Thomas Merton's renown as the bestselling author of The Seven Storey Mountain was well established. During the years illuminated by this third volume of his private journals, Merton struggled to reconcile his celebrity with his desire for a life of hermetic silence and contemplation. Already at the Abbey of Gethsemani for over a decade, Merton was beginning to grow impatient with the strictures and shortcomings of conventional monastic life. Here he chronicles the search for a more authentic experience of the divine and of community that led him to explore Zen, existentialism, and the exciting developments in Latin American Christianity and literature, which informed his own Catholic spirituality and his views of the great intellectual debates of his time.

Merton's private writing combines a poet's eye for the beauty of nature - in the woods and fields of the Abbey - as well as a fiction writer's instinct for the idiosyncracies of his brethren, the rhythms and tediums of regular observance, the strengths of the monastery and its weaknesses. It is, however, Merton's restless, compelling, unvarnished reflections on the question of what it means to be a monk in his own time that gives this journal its most lasting value, paying homage to monasticism and instructing all who value the contemplative life.

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