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In this close examination of their friendship, through their correspondence, we see Waugh's coaching of a younger writer, and Waugh's brief infatuation with America. Most of all, we witness Merton the writing student and spiritual master and Waugh the master of prose and conflicted penitent.

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: Mary Frances Coady
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
Release: 2015
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 1612616283

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From 1948 to 1952 the lives of Trappist monk Thomas Merton and British novelist Evelyn Waugh were closely intertwined. During these years, Waugh became enthusiastic about American Catholicism, and in particular, monasticism as seen through the eyes of the author of The Seven Storey Mountain. He agreed to edit Merton’s autobiography and the subsequent Waters of Siloe for publication in Britain. In this close examination of their friendship, through their correspondence, we see Waugh’s coaching of a younger writer and Waugh’s brief infatuation with America. Most of all, we witness Merton the writing student and spiritual master and Waugh the master of prose and conflicted penitent. And we see how the two men diverge as the Second Vatican Council takes hold in Catholicism and the church experiences profound change. "This careful study sheds light on Merton the writer with Evelyn Waugh as his tutor. It is also an interesting snapshot of the culture of midtwentieth century Catholic renewal." —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus), The University of Notre Dame “An absorbing exchange of letters between Thomas Merton and Evelyn Waugh, focusing principally on Waugh’s editing of the British publication of The Seven Storey Mountain and The Waters of Siloe. Waugh’s sometimes barbed comments caused Merton to reflect deeper on what he was writing and how he should respond, as positively as he could, to this influential Catholic novelist. A wonderful, brief study of both men.” —Patrick Samway, S.J., editor of The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015) “Dedicated readers of Evelyn Waugh and Thomas Merton know of the connections between two major Catholic writers, especially of Waugh as editor and writing coach for Merton's work. But in this brief but thoroughly researched book, Coady provides important new details about Merton's role not just as willing student but as spiritual advisor to Waugh and puts those details into the cultural and religious context of the years after World War II in clear and sometimes eloquent fashion.” —Robert Murray Davis, author of Brideshead Revisited: The Past Redeemed

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Mary Frances Coady
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Release: 2014-03-01
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612617114

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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.”

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Mary Gordon
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Release: 2019-01-15
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780834841857

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Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher:
Release: 1954
File: 333 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:122327089

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The complete and unedited edition of Thomas Merton's famous autobiography, one of the greatest works of spiritual pilgrimage ever written.

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Genre: Christian biography
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 429 Pages
ISBN-13: 028106170X

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The correspondents to whom these letters, dealing with religious experience, are addressed include poets, heads of state, rabbis, Zen masters, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Sufis, Hindus, and Buddhists

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Genre: Religion
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 1986-05-01
File: 669 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374519636

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From the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, this book looks at an order of Catholic monks dating back to eleventh-century France. “The word ‘Trappist’ has become synonymous with ‘ascetic’ and definitely indicates a monk who leads a very hard life. But . . . Penance and asceticism are not ends in themselves. If monks never succeeded in being more than pious athletes, they do not fulfill their purpose in the Church. If you want to understand why the monks lead the life they do, you will have to ask, first of all, What is their aim?” In his bestselling memoir, The Seven Storey Mountain, Catholic poet, theologian, and mystic Thomas Merton chronicled his journey to becoming a Cistercian monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky. In The Waters of Siloe, he provides an enlightening account of the Cistercian Order, better known as the Trappists. With clarity and wisdom, Merton explores the history of the Cistercian Order from its founding in 1098, its development and waning, and the seventeenth-century reforms by the Abbé de Rancé, which began the second flowering that continues today. Throughout, Merton illuminates the purposes of monasticism and its surprising resurgence in America and elsewhere. “Only Thomas Merton could have written single-handed this history of Trappist monks, for it is a work of diverse gifts and skill, an ardent collaboration of scholar and story-teller, priest and poet.” —The New York Times

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Genre: Religion
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: HMH
Release: 1979-10-09
File: 432 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780547563954

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Gathers letters written by Merton to Evelyn Waugh, Czeslaw Milosz, Boris Pasternak, Ernesto Cardenal, James Baldwin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Miller, Walker Percy, and William Carlos Williams

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 1993
File: 314 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374130558

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Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher:
Release: 1950
File: 299 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:1070458413

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Essays originally presented at the Evelyn Waugh Centenary Conference, held at Hertford College, Oxford, Sept. 24-27, 2003.

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: Donat Gallagher
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2011
File: 254 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781611470482

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