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Merton's Correspondence with:

Br. Antoninus, O.P.; William Everson, William Oliver Everson, William, 1912-1994; Brother Antoninus

Antoninus, Br. (William Oliver Everson), O.P., 1912-1994  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1960-1968, 1973
Volume: 24 item(s); 26 pg(s)

Scope and Content

In this correspondence spanning eight years, Merton and Br. Antoninus share some of their work and ideas about art, photographs, books, and poems.


Br. Antoninus, who later went back to his birth name of William Everson, was a Californian poet associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat movements, publishing under both his secular and religious names. He joined the Dominican Order in 1951 after a second failed marriage and remained a religious brother through his correspondence with Merton. In 1969, he left the Dominicans to enter a third marriage. He founded Lime Kiln Press and taught at University of California, Santa Cruz, which not only allowed him to continue his poetry, but also made him known as a master printer. (Sources: Nelson, Cary [ed]. An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Oxford University Press, 2000. ‹›.)

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1960/02/08 HLS to Merton Thank you for sending me the copy of your Selected Poems. I had picked it up in Berkeley «detailed view»
2. 1960/12/01 TALS[x] from Merton It was very thoughtful of you to send me the piece about Cuba by Leroi Jones. It is very important «detailed view»
3. 1960/12/08 HLS to Merton I am glad you were interested in the Cuba piece. I was struck by the identity of the Cuba of your «detailed view»
4. 1961/03/13 TLS[x] from Merton Your fine letter of December 8th has lain long in the drawer. I have thought about it a lot. We «detailed view»
5. 1961/08/22 HLS to Merton I returned from a long sojourn in the Northwest trying to imbibe something of that mystical «detailed view»
6. 1961/09/01 HPCS from Merton Thanks for your very good and kind letter. I am glad I gave you the books and that you liked them. «detailed view»
7. 1961/12/19 HLS from Merton As a matter of fact I know nothing about that Spiritual Life Institute. Fr. William «detailed view»
8. 1963/01/31 HLS to Merton Thank you for your translations of Raïssa Maritain's pieces that your good note included. I have «detailed view»
9. 1964/01/09 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for the "Tongs" which got here a couple of days ago. I have not had a chance to play see 1965/01/09 letters, 1964 seems to have been a mistake «detailed view»
10. 1964/08/26 TALS[x] from Merton There is someone working on the Louisville date, and they will probably contact you directly. The «detailed view»
11. 1964/09/03 TLS[x] from Merton Fine. We will look for you early in November. Have the people in Louisville written to you yet? [copied on same paper as 1964/08/26 letter] «detailed view»
12. 1964/10/05 TLS[x] from Merton Congratulations and blessings. I was praying for you Saturday, your profession day. It really make «detailed view»
13. 1964/10/08 TLS to Merton As I leave a week from Sunday for University of Maryland, it behooves me to firm up my Louisville «detailed view»
14. 1964/11/10 TLS[x] from Merton Glad to have your card. We are expecting you. Could you please phone our guesthouse when you know «detailed view»
15. 1965/01/09 (#01) TLS[c] from Merton Many thanks for the "Tongs" which got here a couple of days ago. I have not had a chance to play «detailed view»
16. 1965/01/09 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Many thanks for the "Tongs" which got here a couple of days ago. I have not had a chance to play «detailed view»
17. 1967/01/27 HLS to Merton Time has come for me to publish another book of poems with Doubleday and I would like to use your «detailed view»
18. 1967/01/30 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I am delighted that you can use the photograph on the jacket of the new book. Already told «detailed view»
19. 1967/01/30 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I am delighted that you can use the photograph on the jacket of the new book. Already told «detailed view»
20. 1968/05/05 HLS[x] from Merton I would be so happy to have something of yours for […] venture-- a poem, a bit of journal, a «detailed view»
21. 1973/11/30 TLS[x] from Center to Antoninus, Br. Mr. Victor Kramer at Georgia State University has requested permission to look at your permissions request «detailed view»
22. 1973/12/04 TL[c] from Center to Antoninus, Br. I am one of the Merton Trustees and currently involved with Father Merton's correspondence permissions request «detailed view»
23. undated/no/no (#01) HLS[x] from Merton This is to thank you belatedly for the […] a fine book of penetrating insights and great verse [date is present but unclear on photocopy] «detailed view»
24. undated/no/no (#02) other   Bancroft Library receipt for copies of Merton letters «detailed view»

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