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Merton's Correspondence with:

Alan Brilliant

Brilliant, Alan, 1936-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968
Volume: 6 item(s); 7 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Brilliant discuss the publishing of some of Merton's work at Unicorn Press, a small literary magazine press. The two men also discuss other writers and poets, the peace movement, the Vietnam War, and Brilliant's friend James Hartz from Louisville, who was in opposition to the war. Included are original letters from Brilliant and a carbon copy of a letter from Merton.


Alan Brilliant was founder of Unicorn Press in Santa Barbara, California and was its Director at the time of writing. He was also married to Teo Savory, who both wrote for and assisted in the editing operations of Unicorn Press.

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See also "Savory, Teo" file.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1967/05/30 TLS to Merton Thank you for the poem, Originators, which we will put, with your permission, in Unicorn Folio publishing poem "Originators" in Unicorn Folio Series One Number Three / Teo Savory [see also her correspondence file] - enclosing volume of her poems / Franciscan Brothers in peace march for the Santa Barbara Community Council to End the War in Vietnam «detailed view»
2. 1967/08/17 TALS to Merton Enclosed is a proof of your poem, The Originators which we intend to place in Folio sending proof of "The Originators" / woodcut of Merton's name / Ping Ferry mentions that Merton a Basil Bunting fan «detailed view»
3. 1967/08/21 TL[c] from Merton I am returning the proof immediately. Very beautiful. I like the woodcuts immensely. One word I Teo Savory «detailed view»
4. 1967/08/24 TLS to Merton You must tell me the appropriate way to address you. I am reading WATERS OF SILOE and am almost Brilliant in contact with James Hartz from Louisville, Kentucky - objects with Vietnam War and does not want to flee, but questions whether "Conscientious Objector" status is "shirking of responsibility" «detailed view»
5. 1967/09/02 TL[c] from Merton Must answer you together as I can hardly keep up with mail in any case. I have Teo's letter [to Teo Savory and Brilliant - see "Savory, Teo" file for hard copy] Merton's tape played by Ping Ferry with "Big Zulu piece" and the "Unending Description" / Albert Camus piece for Unicorn Journal could be on The Stranger (already wrote on The Plague / Victor Hammer's press / Merton translating Rene Char «detailed view»
6. 1968/02/27 TLS to Merton Teo and I received the Merton/Lax yesterday. In the morning, we went to the community mass at the Dorothy Day / Caesar Chavez and his fast «detailed view»

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