Today is the 47th anniversary of the death of religious writer, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.
The intimate Merton : his life from his journals 1st pbk. ed.
Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) wrote on both Eastern and Western religious thought as well as meditations, journals, and essays on social justice and peace. He is considered one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Merton’s best-known book is The Seven Storey Mountain, an autobiography about his childhood and subsequent conversion to Catholicism at age 23. Edited my Robert Giroux, this book went on to become a best seller with all Merton’s earnings going to the Gethsemani monastery in New Haven, Kentucky due to his vow of poverty upon entering the order.
Please follow this LINK to look at all the volumes by and about Thomas Merton as included in our Robert Giroux Book Collection.
Photo: Special Collections and Archives Loyola New Orleans
For an extensive bio on Merton please follow this LINK to the excellent one located at the Poetry Foundation.
This collection is available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.