The Intimate Merton

The Intimate Merton : His Life from His Journals

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This text uses edited features to tell Merton's life in his own words from 1939 to his death in 1968. His love of God, his struggles with the community life of his monastery and in particular with his Abbot, his religious writings and his love affair with a young nurse are recounted.;Merton lent his support to many reforming causes, one instance being the day Joan Baez tried to persuade him to leave the monastery and join her anti-war campaign. He describes falling in love, the letters, secret phone calls, clandestine meetings with "M" and the ending of their relationship to re-commit himself as a celibate more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 16pp b&w halftones
  • 0745944353
  • 9780745944357

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Thomas Merton was a monk and a meditative: from deep roots of prayer, he teased out in his writing great themes of humanity, in diverse forms which included poetry, essays and even a play. Hart and Montaldo, who have cleared 'a path through the woods' of his myriad journal entries to produce this rich anthology, give him the title of spiritual master. Towards the end of his life, he was regarded even by Zen masters as one of the United States's leading authorities on contemplation. The Intimate Merton draws a selection from Merton's seven published journals, pulling together threads both chronological and spiritual. Here we see the man without veils; his tempers, his moods, his frustrations and reluctancies, and his struggles to define his position through wrenching out words on the page. (Kirkus UK)show more

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