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Author QuotedWilliam Clark Styron
Title QuotedConfessions of Nat Turner
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/01/16
Imprint[S.l.] : Random House. 1967
QuotationAlso one thing I have done in the meantime is a review of Styron's Nat Turner, which strikes me as an affront. The review says why: I don't have a copy to spare at the moment but it is supposed to come in Katalagete, so you will see it. Anyway, that's in line with your fine piece on the Afro-American past. Of course I agree with you entirely about that and about the Indians. More and more my work seems to be tending in that same sort of direction, though the new Abbot wants me to concentrate on mystical theology, etc. (He isn't at all aware of what these things mean.) I'll dig around and see if I have some of the other Indian pieces. Eventually they should add up to a book. And also I am very involved in the Cargo Cults and their apocalyptic meaning. It certainly seems to me that white America is right up a blind alley, and under judgment. It is not a situation in which I for one can be comfortable. I don't take happily to wrath.
JournalWitness to Freedom: The Letters of Thomas Merton in Times of Crisis.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1994, p. 242
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