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Witness to freedom : the letters of Thomas Merton in times of crisis

Author: Thomas Merton; William H Shannon
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"These letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Merton's life and vocation, about which many rumors and half-truths were circulated during his lifetime. They give readers, for the first time in his own words, the true details and the behind-the-scenes facts."--BOOK JACKET. "Things came to a head in 1959 when Merton petitioned the Vatican, asking for an indult of exclaustration, or release, not from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Merton; William H Shannon
ISBN: 0374291918 9780374291914
OCLC Number: 30594669
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: I. Art and freedom. To Victor Hammer --
II. War and freedom. The Cold War letters --
Postscript to the Cold War letters --
To Rachel Carson --
To Barbara Hubbard --
The Bay of Pigs invasion --
To Evora Arca de Sardinia --
The peace hostage program --
To Stephen D. James --
The Second Vatican Council : Schema XIII --
An open letter to the American hierarchy --
On war and peace --
III. Merton's life and works. To Naomi Burton Stone --
Merton's schools --
Reading, writing, reviewing --
--
Religious life --
Vocation crisis : 1939-1960) --
Some "Gethsemani" letters --
Refections on life's meaning --
The final (Asian) journey --
IV. Religious thought and dialogue. To Herbert Mason --
To Lewis Massignon --
To Leslie Dewart --
Other letters on religious thought.
Responsibility: selected and edited by William H. Shannon.

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"These letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Merton's life and vocation, about which many rumors and half-truths were circulated during his lifetime. They give readers, for the first time in his own words, the true details and the behind-the-scenes facts."--BOOK JACKET. "Things came to a head in 1959 when Merton petitioned the Vatican, asking for an indult of exclaustration, or release, not from the Trappist Order, but for "a more solitary primitive existence in a monastic life" outside the United States. Abbot James Fox made a trip to Rome and the indult was not granted. Later Merton, who despised Communism and advocated Gandhian non-violence, was forbidden to publish anything against war and nuclear aggression - as if it was inappropriate for a monk to oppose war."--BOOK JACKET.

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