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On Thomas Merton

On Thomas Merton

by Mary Gordon

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Overview

From the best-selling novelist and memoirist: a deeply personal view of her discovery of the celebrated modern monk and thinker through his writings.

“If Thomas Merton had been a writer and not a monk, we would never have heard of him. If Thomas Merton had been a monk and not a writer, we would never have heard of him.”

So begins acclaimed author Mary Gordon in this probing, candid exploration of the man who became the face and voice of mid-twentieth-century American Catholicism. Approaching Merton “writer to writer,” Gordon illuminates his life and work through his letters, journals, autobiography, and fiction. Pope Francis has celebrated Merton as “a man of dialogue,” and here Gordon shows that the dialogue was as much internal as external—an unending conversation, and at times a heated conflict, between Merton the monk and Merton the writer.

Rich with excerpts from Merton’s own writing, On Thomas Merton produces an intimate portrait of a man who “lived life in all its imperfectability, reaching toward it in exaltation, pulling back in anguish, but insisting on the primacy of his praise as a man of God.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611803372
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.23(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Mary Gordon is the author of eight novels, including There Your Heart Lies, The Company of Women, and The Love of My Youth; six works of nonfiction, including Joan of Arc: A Life and the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and three collections of short fiction, including The Stories of Mary Gordon, which was awarded the Story Prize. She has received many other honors, including a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

Table of Contents

1 Writer to Writer: But What Kind? 1

2 The Seven Storey Mountain 41

3 My Argument with the Gestapo 63

4 Tire Journals 87

Notes 135

Works Cited 143

Credits 145

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