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A Catch of Anti-Letters [Paperback]

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Sheed & Ward
ISBN  155612712X  
EAN  9781556127120  

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A gathering of correspondence between Thomas Merton and Robert Lax that spans their decades of friendship. Poems, prayers, the ordinary and the sublime, all fill these pages of frank letters that give you a new glimpse into the mind and heart of Merton.

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More About Thomas Merton & Robert Lax

Thomas Merton Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Thomas Merton is renowned as one of the most influential American spiritual writers and social activists of the 20th century. His autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain has sold more than one million copies, and he wrote more than 60 other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolent action, and the nuclear arms race.

Thomas Merton was born in 1915 and died in 1968.

Thomas Merton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. By Thomas Merton
  2. Fons Vitae Thomas Merton
  3. Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropolo
  4. Harvest Book
  5. Harvest Book
  6. Harvest/HBJ Book
  7. Image Classic
  8. Journals of Thomas Merton
  9. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  10. Modern Spiritual Masters
  11. Monastic Wisdom
  12. New Directions Bibelot
  13. New Directions Books
  14. New Directions Paparback
  15. New Directions Paperbook
  16. New Seeds Pocket Classics

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Enchanting; endearing; exuberant; poetic; profound  Mar 28, 2001
This volume of 55 or 60 letters represents a portion of the witty, buoyant, exuberant correspondence between Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-68) and minimalistic poet Robert Lax (1915-2000); the two were classmates at Columbia University in the late 1930s, and lifelong friends thereafter.

Persons familiar with the dizzying puns and polyglottal juggleries of James Joyce's prose or Estlin Cummings' poetry will find the language of these letters appealing; it helps, also, to be familiar with the life of Merton, the century's most celebrated monastic figure. Each letter is exquisitely crafted, mostly humorous; but the correspondents occasionally treat of serious matters, both political and personal, in their shared dialect.

This volume is valuable because we get to see Merton at his least soapboxish and at his most warmly affectionate. We are introduced to the quirky asceticism of Robert Lax, who was living in Kalymnos, Greece at the time these letters were written. And we are re-introduced to a childlike joy in artistic creation (yes; letters can be art).

This selection of letters, however, is about to be supplanted by a more plenary collection of the Merton/Lax letters, published under the title "When Prophecy Had a Voice," edited by Arthur Biddle. But for those who would like a comparatively inexpensive introduction to these effervescently creative minds, outdoing each other in verbal brio, lexical panache, and poetical elan, the Catch of Anti-Letters might be a dandy place to start.


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