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Merton's Correspondence with:

Doris Dana

Dana, Doris, 1920-2006  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1966-1968
Volume: 33 item(s); 40 pg(s)

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Biography

Doris Dana writes to Merton from New York and from her travels to France. Dana was the long-time companion of poet, educator, feminist, Nobel laureate and Chilean diplomat, Gabriela Mistral (pen name of Lucila de MarĂ­a del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga, 1889-1957). Dana translated and edited some of Mistral's poems. Dana seemed to be a mutual friend with Merton of both John Howard Griffin and Jacques Maritain. She visited Merton in early January of 1967, when she introduced Merton to the story of Ishi and sparked some of Merton's interest in Native Americans; and then visited him again in late October of 1967, when they traveled to Lexington together to visit Victor and Carolyn Hammer and John Jacob Niles.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1966/10/21 telegram  from Fox, James / to Jacques Maritain DORA COME ANYTIME AFTER NOV 2ND. PLEASE NOTIFY EXACT TIME OF ARRIVAL IN LOUISVILLE [message from Dom James Fox, Abbot of Gethsemani, to Jacques Maritain to notify Doris Dana about arrangements to visit Gethsemani Abbey] «detailed view»
2. 1966/11/no? TL[c] to Merton I am profoundly grateful to you and Abbot James for your telegram which you sent to Jacques Maritain [no date on letter - sent between October telegram from Fox and Dana's letter to Merton of December 7] «detailed view»
3. 1966/12/07 TL[c] to Merton Please forgive me my silence. Since I returned from Princeton I found myself in a calamitous «detailed view»
4. 1966/12/14 (#01) TLS from Merton Forgive my delay. Your letter itself reached me with some delay and as to your previous note «detailed view»
5. 1966/12/14 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Forgive my delay. Your letter itself reached me with some delay and as to your previous note «detailed view»
6. 1967/01/04? TN from Gannon, Leone Your room is No.2 and it is open for you. Father Louise [sic] said he would see you at 9:30 [from Leone Gannon, who worked in Gethsemani Abbey's guesthouse] «detailed view»
7. 1967/01/13 (#01) TLS to Merton I cannot find the words to express to you how much my visit with you meant and always will mean «detailed view»
8. 1967/01/13 (#02) TL[c] to Merton I cannot find the words to express to you how much my visit with you meant and always will mean «detailed view»
9. 1967/01/13 (#03) TL[c] to Montalva, Eduardo Frei First of all I want to tell you how glad I am that you are coming to visit the United States, [from Dana to Eduardo Frei Montalva, President of Chile] «detailed view»
10. 1967/01/13 (#04) TL[c] to Fox, James I want to express my deepest thanks to you once again for having made it possible for me to visit [from Dana to Dom James Fox, Abbot of Gethsemani Abbey] «detailed view»
11. 1967/01/20 (#01) TLS from Merton The yeast and vitamins arrived the other day, and last evening Ishi came. I am very grateful «detailed view»
12. 1967/01/20 (#02) TL[c] from Merton The yeast and vitamins arrived the other day, and last evening Ishi came. I am very grateful «detailed view»
13. 1967/01/23 (#01) TLS from Merton Your letter reached me only after all the other things, and that is why I did not mention it «detailed view»
14. 1967/01/23 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Your letter reached me only after all the other things, and that is why I did not mention it «detailed view»
15. 1967/01/23 (#03) HNS from Merton I forgot to enclose these with my letter this morning. I don't know what to say about my possibly [sent in large envelope and reference to sending something, but enclosure not extant] responds to possibility of serving as executor for Gabriela Mistral's estate, stating it would likely not be a good idea but open to discussion «detailed view»
16. 1967/01/31 (#01) TLS from Merton First of all I want to thank you for the enormous surprise package. The chocolates will be greatly «detailed view»
17. 1967/01/31 (#02) TL[c] from Merton First of all I want to thank you for the enormous surprise package. The chocolates will be greatly «detailed view»
18. 1967/01/no? telegram to Merton ARRIVING FIRST FLIGHT OBTAINABLE MORNING JANUARY 4TH 9:54 AM stop DRIVING IMMEDIATELY TO ABBEY «detailed view»
19. 1967/03/05 HCS from Merton I thought you would like to see this piece on Ishi I wrote for the Catholic Worker. [card from Merton in a larger gray envelope in which was enclosed his essay, "Ishi Means Man" (not extant)] «detailed view»
20. 1967/04/18 HPCS to Merton On my way to Madrid from Paris, I stopped off to see many of the towns you lived in - and am sending visiting Prades, France / visiting Jacques [Maritain] in Toulouse / going to Madrid «detailed view»
21. 1967/05/18 (#01) TLS from Merton Many thanks for the Lanternari book which just arrived. You must have picked up some of my thought «detailed view»
22. 1967/05/18 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for the Lanternari book which just arrived. You must have picked up some of my thought «detailed view»
23. 1967/10/08 (#01) TLS to Merton I have been feeling very guilty about my long silence and do ask for forgiveness. There are many «detailed view»
24. 1967/10/08 (#02) TAL[c] to Merton I have been feeling very guilty about my long silence and do ask for forgiveness. There are many «detailed view»
25. 1967/10/11 HLS from Merton I was very happy to hear from you and would be even more happy to see you soon. discussing dates for Dana to visit Gethsemani in late October of 1967 / suggests they go together to Lexington to hear music composed by John Jacob Niles from Merton's poems, which he hears are "rather unusual" «detailed view»
26. 1967/11/25 (#01) TALS from Merton Here is a copy of the study I was vaguely talking about in the car when you were here. I have «detailed view»
27. 1967/11/25 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Here is a copy of the study I was vaguely talking about in the car when you were here. I have «detailed view»
28. 1967/11/29 (#01) TALS to Merton Thank you for sending me the signed books which I much appreciated and thanks also for the magazines «detailed view»
29. 1967/11/29 (#02) TL[c] to Merton Thank you for sending me the signed books which I much appreciated and thanks also for the magazines «detailed view»
30. 1967/12/28 (#01) TLS from Merton Many things to thank you for. The Stephens book is beautiful, and I am glad at the good news «detailed view»
31. 1967/12/28 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Many things to thank you for. The Stephens book is beautiful, and I am glad at the good news «detailed view»
32. 1968/07/no? TLS[x]  from Merton to Friends For various reasons I was quite busy during May and June, and so for July and part of August I am [labeled "MIDSUMMER LETTER 1968" - circular letter sent to his friends] «detailed view»
33. 1968/12/18 HLS from Griffin, John Howard My window overlooks the mound of red clay where Tom was buried last evening. Typically, he was late Merton and Dana's mutual friend John Howard Griffin describes the delayed arrival of his body from Bangkok, stating Merton was "Typically, he was late for his own funeral" «detailed view»

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