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Merton's Correspondence with:

Thomas P. McDonnell; Thomas McDonnell; Tom McDonnell; McDonnell, Tom

McDonnell, Thomas P.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961-1967
Volume: 49 item(s); 90 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Thomas P. McDonnell was a staff writer for The Pilot, a publication of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts. He often wrote book reviews about Merton's books, edited A Thomas Merton Reader, and interviewed Merton for Motive, a magazine affiliated with the Methodist Student Movement. McDonnell often sent Merton other reviews and articles he had written for The Pilot and other publications.

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Related Information and Links

See also the "Stiles, B. J." file; and see also Cold War Letters #62 and #64 published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 47-48.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1961/11/09 TLS to Merton I had hoped, after shortly returning home -- and especially after receiving the Preface -- to write «detailed view»
2. 1961/11/27 TLS to Merton It was not until very recently that I came upon the "only copy" you loaned me of Trappist «detailed view»
3. 1962/03/28 transcript from Merton I owe you once again, five or six letters. Thanks for the most recent one which did not strike me [Cold War Letters #62 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
4. 1962/04/no? transcript from Merton Thanks for your good letter and the enclosures. And for the previous one which I do not think [Cold War Letters #64 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
5. 1962/05/26 TALS[x] from Merton Quick answers: 1) Better Wisdom of Emptiness than Theology of Creativity. You can use your «detailed view»
6. 1963/01/11 TAL[c] from Merton I have come out of the Christmas whirl with a bout of flu and am buried under unanswered letters, «detailed view»
7. 1963/02/08 TAL[c] from Merton Good to hear from you and to have the Dumpulin bk. Paul Peachey, the Mennonite who translated it, «detailed view»
8. 1964/07/27 TLS to Merton Enclosed see column I did last week. A couple of reference notes: Roxbury is Boston's Harlem; «detailed view»
9. 1964/08/03 TLS to Merton Perhaps your novices--to say nothing of yourself--might like to see the enclosed items of possible «detailed view»
10. 1964/08/12 TLS to Merton Listen, for several years now I've been quite taken with Leopold Senghor, both the man and his «detailed view»
11. 1964/09/03 TAL[c] from Merton I am swimming in a pile of unanswered letters and this does not make for coolness or good sense, «detailed view»
12. 1965/04/13 (#01) TLS to Merton Oh, good grief, Merton finally made it -- in the 10 x 13½ pages of HOLIDAY! And, collector's item «detailed view»
13. 1965/04/13 (#02) TLS to Merton PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS: Just an addnote. Mary Stack McNiff this past minute «detailed view»
14. 1965/04/24 TL[c] from Merton I know. Its just that I am sandbagged with mail and at this point I am answering somewhat less than «detailed view»
15. 1965/05/14 TLS to Merton See the paragraph on "Rain & Rhinoceros" in Tangents column, page 4. «detailed view»
16. 1965/12/14 (#01) TLS to Merton I had been asked by The Boston Globe, some weeks ago, to review Seasons of Celebration «detailed view»
17. 1965/12/14 (#02) other to Merton TANGENTS [-] Robert Lowell and Chekhov's Gun on the Wall [-] After ROBERT LOWELL'S reading [1965/12/11 article from The Pilot of Boston, Massachusetts] «detailed view»
18. 1965/12/14 (#03) other to Merton SEASONS OF CELEBRATION, by Thomas Merton. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 248 pp. $4.95. [book review by McDonnell of Seasons of Celebration - McDonnell writes very negatively about this book and does not think it is up to the quality of Merton's other books] «detailed view»
19. 1965/12/17 TL[c] from Merton I have no objections whatever to your review. You are perfectly entitled to your opinion «detailed view»
20. 1966/07/22 (#01) TLS to Merton I thought you might be amused to see our this week's "Tangents" in The Pilot. «detailed view»
21. 1966/07/22 (#02) other to Merton TANGENTS [-] The Church Mouse That Almost Roared [-] By THOMAS P. McDONNELL [-] (PILOT Staff [1966/07/23 article from The Pilot of Boston, Massachusetts] «detailed view»
22. 1966/11/28 (#01) TLS to Merton The enclosed, as you will note, is from the Sunday edition of The Boston Globe. The typos are «detailed view»
23. 1966/11/28 (#02) other to Merton Thomas Merton Today [-] CONJECTURES OF A GUILTY BYSTANDER, By Thomas Merton; [1966/11/27 book review from the Boston Globe by Thomas P. McDonnell] «detailed view»
24. 1967/01/11 TLS to Merton Thanks very, very much for the ND 19--marvelous stuff in it, especially of course the Alberti, «detailed view»
25. 1967/01/16 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your very good letter of the 11th, and your column on the Christmas shopping which «detailed view»
26. 1967/03/06 TLS to Merton Here are the Qs for the dialog project. I suppose that I am more in them than I ought to be. «detailed view»
27. 1967/03/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Your questions are first rate. The answers are in the works. I hope to get them off to you by «detailed view»
28. 1967/03/12 (#02) other   I [-] Let's start with The Seven Storey Mountain, Father Louis, because I have the more than [typescript of McDonnell's original questions to Merton and Merton's original handwritten responses (later both the questions and the responses were changed)] «detailed view»
29. 1967/03/13 TLS to Merton Sorry to hear about the elbow. At least this may keep you from hoisting all those beers that you «detailed view»
30. 1967/03/15 (#01) TLS to Merton Big snowstorm screaming in Boston now (at the office--outside, that is) so I want to get this off «detailed view»
31. 1967/03/15 (#02) other to Merton Books MTW....A.M. STRESSES IN THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM, by Stephen Sandy. Houghton Mifflin [book review by McDonnell sent to Merton] «detailed view»
32. 1967/03/20 TL[c] from Merton Your revised questions are fine: they have much more bite. Unfortunately when I got them I had «detailed view»
33. 1967/04/10 TLS to Merton Well, here it is. And really, TM, I think it's a pretty good job all around. I tried to correlate «detailed view»
34. 1967/04/14 TL[c] from Merton I really think that this conversation shaped up very nicely indeed. So let's go. Since it is «detailed view»
35. 1967/04/24 TALS to Merton Yes, that's a real unwelcome lump--the "next year" deal. I had already sent BJS the ms. last Friday «detailed view»
36. 1967/04/28 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your of the 24. By all means I think it would be too much to hold the interview another «detailed view»
37. 1967/05/18 TLS to Merton I guess (see enclosed) that B.J. Stiles is pretty well hooked on the interview piece, and that there «detailed view»
38. 1967/05/20 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I am glad of Stile's reaction: very good. Actually, Motive is the best possible place «detailed view»
39. 1967/05/20 (#02) TL[c]  from Merton to B. J. Stiles Tom McDonnell has forwarded to me your good positive reaction to the interview and I am happy about «detailed view»
40. 1967/05/26 TLS to Merton These are the carbons of the submitted version to JBStiles of MOTIVE. I've made Xerox copies «detailed view»
41. 1967/06/27 TLS to Merton How's the Gethsemani countryside these days of earliest summer...the corn apears [sic] inching «detailed view»
42. 1967/06/30 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for the Voznesensky poems: I like him a lot. I understand the best translation of him «detailed view»
43. 1967/07/21 (#01) TLS to Merton A couple of recent columns. The 7/8 one drew some response--for instance, Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. «detailed view»
44. 1967/07/21 (#02) other to Merton Bless Me, Father-- For I Have What? By THOMAS P. McDONNELL [-] (PILOT Staff Writer) [1967/07/08 article from The Pilot] «detailed view»
45. 1967/07/21 (#03) other to Merton The Decline & Fall Of Socratic Dialog [-] By THOMAS P. McDONNELL [-] (PILOT Staff Writer) «detailed view»
46. 1967/08/09 TLS to Merton Please note this page from New Zealand Tablet, by one Malcolm Muggeridge, whom you may «detailed view»
47. 1967/08/11 TL[c] from Merton Thank for your letter and the clippings. And for the tip off about Fr Clifford Stevens. «detailed view»
48. 1967/10/no other[x]   motive [-] October 1967 [-] Sixty Cents [photocopy of McDonnell's interview with Merton as published in Motive] «detailed view»
49. undated/no/no other from Merton ANSWERS TO T. MCDONNELL. [-] I- Yes, I'll accept "The Seven Storey Mountain" as a point [typescript of Merton's answers to McDonnell for Motive] «detailed view»

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