The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Laughlin, James

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1947-1968

Volume: 1092 item(s); 1420 pg(s)

Scope and Content

This file contains a large exchange of letters between Thomas Merton and James Laughlin. The letters range from publishing matters to personal dialog between friends. There is a gap in the carbon copies of the letters from Merton from early to mid-June of 1966, but they were reproduced from Laughlin's collection in the published set of letters (see "Related Information" below). Laughlin often made carbon copies or photocopies of important letters he thought Merton should see. Most were from Laughlin to the other correspondent and copied to Merton's attention. Here follows a list of other correspondents whose letters with Laughlin were copied to Merton: Antonucci, Emil; Brock, Terry F.; Cardenal, Ernesto; Carrera Andrade, Jorge; Chakravarty, Amiya; Ciardi, John; Cornell, Julien; Cuadra, Pablo Antonio; the Cultural Attaché for Peru in the U.S.; Duncan, Harry; Dwyer, William; Eve, Martin; Fergesen, Max; Ferry, W. H.; Ford, John J.; Fromm, Erich; Gay, K. C.; Gottwald, Norman K.; Hammer, Victor; Harris, Leonard R.; Horrigan, Alfred; Johnson, Hubert A.; Levine, Stephen; the Manager of Editorial Sudamericana; Manresa, Josefina; Mardersbeig, J.; Maritain, Jacques; Miller, David; Milosz, Czeslaw; Morgan, Frederick; Mumford, Lewis; Mussayassul, Melanie Nagel; Oliver, M., Mrs.; Pauling, Linus; Pearce, Donald J.; Stein, Walter; Stone, Naomi Burton; Thittila, Bikkhu U.; Thomas, Trevor; Tshering, Tashi; Vallejo, Georgette de; Van Doren, Mark; Williams, C. Dickerman; Wyatt, Wilson; and Yandell, Lunsford.

NOTE: in the "Container List" description below, the "Cooper #" refers to the numbering used by David Cooper in Thomas Merton and James Laughlin: Selected Letters. Not all letters are published and many are not published in their entirety.

Biography

James Laughlin and Merton first came to known each other through Merton's former professor at Columbia University, poet Mark Van Doren. Van Doren recommended some of Merton's poems to Laughlin for his publishing house, New Directions. These poems became Merton's first published book, Thirty Poems. Laughlin, having been born into a wealthy steel-producing family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided he would rather enter the literary world. He attended Harvard and, during his years there, went to Europe and met Ezra Pound, who encouraged Laughlin to get into publishing. While still a student at Harvard, Laughlin began New Directions in Norfolk, Connecticut, publishing a young generation of modern poets. Through correspondence and visits to Gethsemani, Merton and Laughlin forged an intimate friendship, entrusting Laughlin with some of his most private confidences.

Usage Guidelines and Restrictions

Related Information and Links

See also published letters of Merton and Laughlin in Thomas Merton and James Laughlin: Selected Letters, edited by David D. Cooper, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Laughlin's personal papers and New Directions files, including much correspondence with Merton, are at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (click here for more information). See also the "Stone, Naomi Burton" file.

Other Finding Aids

If the person in correspondence with Merton has full text records in the Merton Center Digital Collections, there will be a numeric link to them below.
   

Series List

Series NumberSeries NameTotal Records
1 Original Merton-Laughlin Correspondence with occasional letters from others copied to Merton. 1021
2 Laughlin correspondence with others concerning Merton from New Directions "Thomas Merton" subject file. 71

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
11945/05/14? TL[x]to MertonAs I understand it now I may proceed with setting up the new book with Kimball, but I am to wait   
11945/05/24? TL[x]to MertonI am very excited about the prospect of visiting you at the monastery. Please write me what part  [1st page of letter, may be incomplete]
11945/05/27? TALS[x]from MertonI am delighted to hear that you really plan to come here. It is very simple to get here.Yes [Cooper #1]
11945/09/28 TLS[x]from MertonIt seems to be better to save Mark a lot of bother, and deal with you directly, especially as thereYes [Cooper #2]
11945/10/27 TALS[x]from MertonHere are one or two things from the liturgical book, for you to see. Right now we are all very busy  liturgical book / religious anthology of Catholic poetry / Mark Van Doren and Robert Lax / <i>Journal of My Escape from the Nazis</i> - "about the best thing I had done"
11945/11/02 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the letter which, I guess, crossed with the things I sent you last week--Yes [Cooper #3]
11945/11/17 HLS[x]from MertonThanks for the catalogue - you have a fine list there, I think. Our library could certainly use  [letter quoted in <i>The Way It Wasn't: From the Files of James Laughlin</i> edited by Barbara Epler and Daniel Javitch] requesting Dylan Thomas' "New Poems" - "unless there is something in them that is definitely none of our business - e.g. witchcraft"
11946/01/06 TLS[x]from MertonIn answer to your questions concerning the religious anthology. Definitely I think you ought  religious anthology of Catholic poetry and an idea for another Christian volume (various denominations represented) of religious experience
11946/01/12 TL[x]to MertonHere at last are some proofs. I think from now on it will go quicker. This chap is a legal printerYes [Cooper #4]
11946/03/01 TLS[x]from MertonLast couple of days before Ash Wednesday, just time to write and thank you for "Some Natural Things"Yes [Cooper #5]
11946/03/04 TLS[x]from MertonI forgot to say, the other day: please send as many copies of the "Divided Sea" to Mark and to Bob  request to send <i>A Man in the Divided Sea</i> to Mark Van Doren and Robert Lax
11946/08/17 TLS[x]from MertonThe divided sea got to me yesterday. It is fine. You have given the poems a swell presentation.Yes [Cooper #6]
11947/01/02 TLS[x]from MertonWhen you were away in Paris-- I am assuming you are back-- I asked Mark to send you a ms  Kafkaesque manuscript of "Journal of My Escape from the Nazis" / another 30 poems for publication
11947/03/no? TLS[x]from MertonHere are some pictures which just arrived from Utah. We'd like to get them all in. Make a montage  [dated "Spring 47"]
11947/04/06? TALS[x]from MertonThanks very much for your letter and the check. As they both arrive in Lent I could not acknowledgeYes [Cooper #7 - dated "Easter, 1947"]
11947/04/17 TLS[x]to MertonToday is Easter Day and I am thinking of you particularly because of your letter came last night  [sending letter from Klosters, Switzerland] upcoming elections in Italy - Communists in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia / influence of Church and pope / Creekmore - Spanish text of St. John [John of the Cross] / Robert Speaight's recordings / illness of William Carlos Williams / sending poems by Everson and Watkins
11947/04/18 TLS[x]from MertonHere is another poem, and <u>now</u> lets call it a day on that new book. I am anxious to hear   
11947/04/25? TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your two letters and for the poems to be added to the script of the new book.Yes [Cooper #8]
11947/05/14 TL[x]to MertonAs I understand it now I may proceed with setting up the new book with Kimball, but I am to wait  ideas for books on St. John of the Cross and a brief anthology of Catholic poetry for the New Classics series
11947/05/20 TLS[x]from MertonYes, that is correct. You may set up the book, although there may be one or two minor changes--  Catholic anthology of religious poetry / St. John of the Cross and translation of "Dark Night of the Soul" / Kenneth Rexroth / possibility of Merton being sent to Utah - more hard labor than writing
11947/05/20 TLS[x]from MertonYes, that is correct. You may set up the book, although there may be one or two minor changes--   
11947/05/24 TL[x]to MertonI am very excited about the prospect of visiting you at the monastery. Please write me what part  asking directions to Gethsemani Abbey / Kenneth Rexroth as Anglo-Catholic and interested in things Roman Catholic - Gregorian chant - conscientious objector during Second World War - influenced by mystical view of sex of D. H. Lawrence
11947/05/27 TALS[x]from MertonI am delighted to hear that you really plan to come here. It is very simple to get here.Yes [Cooper #1 - Cooper dates at 1945/May/27, but seems to fit with Laughlin's 1947 visit]
11947/06/17 TALS[x]from MertonHere are two poems I wanted to give you, with corrections. A magazine called '47 wrote askingYes [Cooper #9]
11947/07/02 TLS[x]from MertonThanks so much for both your letters. About the books you send, we will send back everything thatYes [Cooper #10]
11947/07/09? TLS[x]from MertonI was happy that you read the article and want to reprint it: Yes, by all means do so.  Jules Supervielle / departure of the monks leaving for Utah foundation
11947/07/12 TL[x]to MertonI am very pleased that you approve the idea of reprinting your essay in the next annual.Yes [Cooper #11]
11947/07/17 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for the proofs which I return with a few alterations, and above all things thanks for yourYes [Cooper #12]
11947/08/06 TL[x]from MertonI am sorry not to have written for so long. Things have gotten pretty jammed up with so many new   
11947/08/09 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the latour du Pin which I haven't yet had time to get into! Please let me know at once  Latour du Pin (Patrice de La Tour du Pin?)
11947/08/12? TALS[x]from MertonIt is the feast of my friend Saint Clare of Assisi so I am sending you a poem but don't put it  <i>Figures for an Apocalypse</i> / <i>Cistercian Contemplatives</i> / worries about "Poetry and Contemplative Life" appearing in New Directions literature alongside something "raw like some of the spots in Tropic of Cancer" [Henry Miller] / modern Carmelite book for Laughlin - <i>The Spiritual Doctrine of Elizabeth of the Trinity</i> by Fr. Philipon, O.P.
11947/08/16 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the material for the new booklet Cistercian Contemplatives. I did not wait for your reply   
11947/08/21 TALS[x]from MertonAll right go ahead with the essay in the back of Figures for an Apoc. I forgot if I told you   
11947/08/no? TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the Montecassino book. It was the first time I had seen anything of the destruction.  [no year listed, estimated] book with photographs showing the destruction of Monte Cassino (World War II Allied bombing of Monte Cassino) / Jules Supervielle
11947/09/03 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter. The length is all right we'll just charge more. The corrected version  sending poem to forward to Dylan Thomas also sent to magazine <u>Tiger's Eye</u> (possibly "The Gift of Understanding" by Merton)
11947/09/05 TLS[x]from MertonHow would it be if we brought out about 2500 of Cist Contemplatives in a kind of cardboard binding   
11947/09/08 TLS[x]from MertonHow would it be if we brought out about 2500 of Cist Contemplatives in a kind of cardboard binding  Latour du Pin (Patrice de La Tour du Pin?) / Claudel (Paul Claudel?) / asking for old religious verse, modernized Anglo-Saxon verse, Richard Rolle, "The Pearl," and an anthology by Carleton Brown
11947/09/10? TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the good newsy letter about all those people. I'll pray hard for Dylan Thomas becauseYes [Cooper #13]
11947/09/15 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonSorry for the delay I only just got all this a few minutes ago nearly a week after you sent it.   
11947/09/15 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonHere is the complete corrected copy the one to be set up. I am afraid I know nothing about  responds to Laughlin's question about Eleanor Ruggles' <i>Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life</i> - Merton does not know it
11947/09/16 TALS[x]to McHale, John J.Thank you for your recent letter stating that you hold the American rights to the Burns &amp; Oates  [contains handwritten note by Merton on Patrice de La Tour du Pin's "Psaumes" and Jules Supervielle's "Choix De Poemes" / asking about Huntsville, Utah foundation after Laughlin's visit, Our Lady of the Holy Trinity Abbey] regarding translation of St. John of the Cross's "The Dark Night of the Soul"
11947/09/18 TLS[x]from MertonWill you please send us back the carbon copy of Cist Contemplatives as I may have to send it to one   
11947/09/24 TALS[x]from MertonI have just sent to Commonweal three poems from Figures. Landscape prophet and wild dog;   
11947/10/01 HLS[x]from MertonI just sent to <u>Spirit</u> the following poems from <u>Figures</u>: "Evening Zero Weather"   
11947/10/03 TLSto MertonI have just retruned [sic] from a very pleasing visit to Huntsville. The site is extraordinarily  [estimated date provided by Laughlin biographer Ian MacNiven - transferred from the James Laughlin Trust Papers, Merton Center Sub-Section H.9, on March 16, 2010]
11947/10/08 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your interesting letter from Utah. I just got it this morning together with Mr Kunz's   
11947/10/08 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI just got a check from Sewanee Review for the poem "On the anniversary of my Baptism", but that   
11947/10/15 TLS[x]from MertonIf it is not too late will you please replace the two air-views of the Georgia monastery by these  Patrice de La Tour du Pin's <i>Une Somme De Poésie</i>
11947/10/31 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for the pictures: I have marked four of them which would be interesting to us if you would  Leica camera used by a monk at another monastery to take photographs Merton sends / Merton makes recommendations of abbeys to visit when Laughlin visits France and remarks about monasteries about which he is curious / magazine, <u>The Tiger's Eye</u>
11947/11/06 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the check. The Buffalo people asked permission to print a poem from Commonweal last  Merton complains about being assigned "official souvenir" booklet about Trappists (<i>Guide to Cistercian Life</i>?)
11947/11/26 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter. Glad you are settled in the mountains. I know how you feel. Thanks alsoYes [Cooper #14]
11947/12/17 TLS[x] from Cooke, Douglas C. / to MertonShortly before his departure for Europe Dr. James Laughlin of New Directions Press arranged for us  [from Douglas C. Cooke of the Liberty Photo-Engraving Corporation of New York]
11947/no/no? TLS[x]from MertonI am returning the dedicated life since you want it back in a hurry. I am not as interested as I  [no year listed, estimated] "The Dedicated Life" (<i>The Dedicated Life in Poetry</i>, Patrice de La Tour Du Pin; George Sutherland Fraser; Laurent de Cayeux?)
11948/02/08 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the fine letter. I had been meaning to write but I have been too crowded.Yes [Cooper #15]
11948/03/23 TLS[x]from MertonI don't know where this will catch you, but anyway I hope it will find you somewhere. Cistercian  release of <i>Cistercian Contemplatives: A Guide to Trappist Life</i>
11948/04/08 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter which I was very glad to get and for the picture which is fine.Yes [Cooper #16]
11948/04/14 TLS[x]from MertonThis is a memo about another project. We get many requests from people who don't quite understand  some ideas for what would become <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> after St. John of the Cross and "Soil and Seeds"
11948/04/29 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter and the copy of the one to your English agent. Burns, I take it, is Burns  poems for the <u>Dublin Review</u> / monastic censors versus censors in New York / book on St. John of the Cross and "The Dark Night of the Soul"
11948/05/12 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the card from Ascona. I must have gone through there once in a train.Yes [Cooper #17]
11948/06/28 TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all this is to say that I am about finishing the SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION and want to knowYes [Cooper #18] Vernon Watkins / Robert Lowell
11948/07/09 TLS[x]from MertonI hope this will not have to chase you to Europe and back. It is an answer to your beautiful MontYes [Cooper #19]
11948/07/31 TLS[x]from MertonGlad you are home! Here are some corrections on <u>A Man</u>. page 29 The lines No one who loves   
11948/08/04 TLS[x]from MertonWriting you this letter today is not nearly so gay as it would have been yesterday.Yes [Cooper #20]
11948/08/10 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for sending me the corrections for the new edition of A MAN IN THE DIVIDED SEAYes [Cooper #21]
11948/08/27 TLS[x]from MertonHere are some rewritten sections of SEEDS. There is first an Author's Note. Then I have rewritten   
11948/09/01 TLS[x]from MertonI spoke to Father Abbot the other day about your bringing Bob Fitzgerald down here with you   
11948/09/20 TL[x]to MertonPlease forgive me for not having written for such a long time. Things have been in such a terrible  printer's layout for <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> / on Dom James Fox's approval for Merton to continue writing / corrections for <i>A Man in the Divided Sea</i> / finding a place for the Carthusians in western Pennsylvania on mountain land of Laughlin's mother, but that "she would take a good deal of persuading"
11948/09/27 TALS[x]from MertonI was glad to get your letter and to know that things are going along on the book. My suggestionsYes [Cooper #22]
11948/10/15 TALS[x]from MertonThe way to get here from Louisville is to take a bus to Bardstown or Newhaven and from there get   
11948/11/02 TLS[x]from MertonHere are the proofs of SEEDS. I did a little trimming and had to change a lot of commas because my   
11948/11/15 TL[x]to MertonI have just posted off to you a copy of the second edition of A MAN IN THE DIVIDED SEA, and I hope  asking T. S. Eliot about selecting some of Merton's poems / Evelyn Waugh's proposed visit to see Merton / Catholic poetry anthology
11948/11/18 (#01)TL[x]to MertonYou may remember that we were discussing the possibility of using a little design on the coverYes [Cooper #23]
11948/11/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonNaomi has sent you a copy of the letter I got from the translator of St John X. She seems to think   
11948/11/22 TLS[x]from MertonI wonder if it wouldn't be better to skip the design, at least as far as the cloth coverYes [Cooper #24]
11948/11/29 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your note of the 18th. I can't remember whether I have written you the last step  manuscript of translation of St. John of the Cross selections / binding Merton books in leather for Pope Pius XII / speaking of Merton and Eric Gill with John Shaw, a Tulsa, Oklahoma oil man
11948/12/01 TL[x]to MertonI now have a little more information for you about the idea of having copies of your books bound up  binding books in leather for Pope Pius XII / American rights issues concerning the translation of St. John of the Cross - Allison Piers / drawings sent to Laughlin by Merton / possibly using Eric Gill drawing for cover of <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> / T. S. Eliot / additional printing of <i>Figures for an Apocalypse</i>
11948/12/18 TLS[x]from MertonHere are the page proofs, with the censor's corrections made. I made every correctionYes [Cooper #25]
11948/12/24? TLS[x]from MertonHere are one or two ancient poems I dug up. Not much good except Dirge for Miami and Circe.Yes [Cooper #26 - dated "Christmas Eve"]
11948/12/29 TLS[x]to MertonThank you ever so much for several letters, for returning the proofs, and for the Christmas giftYes [Cooper #27]
11948/no/no? TLS[x]from MertonThis is a poem I would like to have printed opposite the picture of Our Lady in Seeds of  Merton includes a poem in Latin "Memento Dei Genitrix" which appeared in <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i>
11949/02/03 TL[x]to MertonI just received your letter of February 1st, and was very happy to hear from you again.  marketing <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> to Catholic book clubs - some reject because too soon after <i>Seven Storey Mountain</i> - "Seeds" as the modern "Imitation of Christ" / poem Merton sent by Bob Blacks
11949/03/15 HPCSto MertonThis is my last Alpine stop before coming home. It has been a pretty good trip - at least I have  [verso: black and white photograph of a high altar Val D'isere in Grenoble, France]
11949/03/22 TL[x]to MertonI am just back yesterday from my trip to Europe and find the office in a state of pleasant  the large number of orders for <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> / transcript of letter from T. S. Eliot to Laughlin turning down offer to publish a selection of Merton's poems stating that Merton "is going to write too many poems instead of making a small number perfect" - Laughlin's reaction to Eliot's criticism
11949/03/no? TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter from Klosters. Today you should be back in N.Y. This is to repeat allYes [Cooper #29 - undated, but shortly after Merton's diaconate ordination March 19, 1949]
11949/04/06 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your letter that came in the other day. It was exciting news about yourYes [Cooper #30]
11949/04/17 TLS[x]to MertonToday is Easter Day and I am thinking of you particularly because your letter came last nightYes [Cooper #28 - dated "Easter Day" written at Klosters]
11949/04/20 TLS[x]from MertonThis will catch you on your return from Utah. First, it is to confirm the 26th of May  Paul Claudel / Robert Speaight talking to the community about "Murder in the Cathedral"
11949/05/02 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your card from Aspen. This is just to confirm the date. Ordination will be May 26thYes [Cooper #31]
11949/05/02 (#02)TL[x]to MertonI'll just put a memo on the rush reel on the dictating machine to let you know that when I got back   
11949/05/17 TL[x]to MertonBob and I have been planning our trip together down next week and he asked me to send you   
11949/05/no? HNS[x]from MertonOrdination about 9:30 Thursday morning 26th - Low Mass Friday - about 6.30 - High Mass - Saturday 9.  Merton informs Laughlin of his ordination day Masses and Masses the following days and that Laughlin may see him Thursday after about 2pm
11949/06/06 TLS[x]from MertonIn a big hurry I am sending you a couple of corrections for the next printing of SEEDS.   
11949/06/09 HPCS[x]to MertonHope you have had a good summer. Paris is fine still. The man who took the pictures of Le Devot  Le Devot Christ / Perpetua font for typesetting by Eric Gill's old firm in England
11949/06/13 TLS[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your letter with corrections for the new printing of SEEDS. They are good  sales figures for <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> - listed on <u>Publisher's Weekly</u> / liturgical book
11949/06/13 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your letter with the corrections for the new printing of SEEDS.  sales rank information for <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> and number of book orders / future book on liturgy / special white leather binding of <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> finished and send to Pope
11949/06/15 TL[x]to MertonEnclosed you will find the plate proofs of the new composition for the pages which we reset in SEEDS   
11949/06/25 TALS[x]from MertonFirst here is a paper with a couple of prayers. One I wrote and the other is the Hail Mary  sending two prayers - text of the "Hail Mary" and a prayer to the Holy Spirit written by Merton / discussion revisions for a second edition of <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> / "if I am going to go on writing, I have to work out a severe discipline to cut down on correspondence" / leather-bound Merton books sent to Pope
11949/07/05 TL[x]to MertonThis letter will come to you from the New York office, but it is being dictated from out in Aspen,   
11949/07/30 TLS[x]from MertonFather Abbot has given the okay for you to go ahead and work the record proposition whichever way   
11949/08/08 TL[x]to MertonPlease forgive me for having been such a lousy correspondent in recent weeks. I had an absolutely   
11949/08/09 TL[x]to MertonIn my letter the other day, I forgot to ask about one thing. I think I told you that I have over  mentions to Merton a printer in Verona, Italy, Hans Mardersteig - wants to collaborate with him on printing a fine or hand printed edition of "some standard Catholic devotional text" - wants to know what Merton would suggest
11949/08/13 TLS[x]from MertonAbout the BLIND LIONS-- I'd like to see the script before it goes to the printer. Could you sendYes [Cooper #32]
11949/08/26 TL[x]to MertonYour very good letter of August 18th reached me just as I was leaving for Nantucket.Yes [Cooper #33]
11949/08/28 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the Nantucket letter, I wish we had a monastery on one of those islands, or on some   
11949/08/no? TALS[x]from MertonThe new preface of SEEDS should go along with the old one. Whether the censor should see  sent manuscript of <i>The Tears of the Blind Lions</i> / dropping idea of St. John of the Cross book for Blessed John of Ruysbroeck's "The Sparkling Stone", "The Golden Epistle" of William of St. Thierry or St. Bernard of Clairvaux's "Missus Est" / "I am trying to sell Fr. Abbot the idea of a hermitage in the woods"
11949/09/15 TL[x]to MertonThanks eversomuch for your letter and for sending back the poems for the TEARS OF THE BLIND LIONSYes [Cooper #34]
11949/09/30 TLS[x]from MertonOkay, cut Sports. About the censor-- you should print the date also, Sept. 27th. Spelling changes  thoughts on the atomic bomb compared to "the light and heat that get generated by my Mass" - being "molded and changed by what goes on at the altar"
11949/09/no TL[x]to MertonI have been having fun fussing around with a pair of scissors, paste and the proofs of TEARS, and it  proofs for <i>Tears of the Blind Lions</i> - permission to reorder poems for space considerations, and TM's priorities of what should be cut / Laughlin's friend's death in a plane crash / Russians having atomic bomb
11949/10/14 TL[x]to MertonThis is not a proper letter to your last letter. But I want to answer that myself personally,  cover for <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> - on Merton granting permission to cut his poem on Dylan Thomas from <i>Tears of the Blind Lions</i> / Kenneth Patchen / sending translation of Kierkegaard's journals
11949/10/22 TLS[x]from MertonAbout the second edition of <u>Seeds</u>, just say that some significant revisions have been made  Søren Kierkegaard / Fyodor Dostoyevsky / Franz Kafka / Kenneth Patchen
11949/10/25 HPCS[x]to MertonCorp. Mgt. is on the way to the vault for some careful study! I don't  [copy of letter from Cooper file is cut off]
11949/11/19 TALS[x]from Merton<u>Tears</u> have arrived, splendidly done. Thanks again for a beautiful job. I like this as wellYes [Cooper #35]
11949/11/29 TL[x]to MertonI was awfully pleased to get your letter and learn that you like the appearance of <u>Tears</u>.  book sales figures / Robert Speaight and plans for him to record Merton's poems / Laughlin's background in the Bible from his grandfather, "a very ardent Presbyterian"
11949/12/10 TLS[x]from MertonFirst, I am late with the list of poems. I don't know about order of preference. It doesn't much  thoughts on Christmas and its significance in the Christian life / Naomi Burton Stone - journals of Kafka and Rilke - Rilke and Kafka as solitaries / Merton's new job of teaching / novice asking for Arthur Rimbaud's "A Season in Hell" and Charles Baudelaire
11949/12/22 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your good letter of December 10th, giving the list of poems for a selection,  Robert Speaight's recordings of Merton poems / plans to give New Directions a personal journal for publication / Laughlin sending Rimbaud's "Season in Hell" - Laughlin's impressions of poem / Laughlin responds about Christmas and about sending his children to Sunday school - their thoughts on religion
11950/01/07 TLS[x]from MertonWeeks behind with everything. It is so long since I have had a chance to write, and so many thingsYes [Cooper #36]
11950/02/08 TL[x]to MertonThanks a lot for your good letter of January 7th. Please forgive me for not answering sooner,Yes [Cooper #37]
11950/02/25 TLS[x]from MertonThe Morcelliana people have written to me now that they think a hundred dollars is too highYes [Cooper #38]
11950/04/25 TL[x]to MertonI'm sorry not to have written properly while I was over in Europe, but you know how it is on a trip   
11950/05/01 TLS[x]from MertonAll that about Europe sounded wonderful, especially the part about the glaciers. I wish I had a hutYes [Cooper #39]
11950/05/07 TL[x]to MertonThanks a lot for your good letter of the first. I also had a very nice one from Father Abbot with   
11950/05/20 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the letter and the books. I sure like the way Rexroth's is printed by your Verona friendYes [Cooper #40]
11950/06/01 TL[x]to MertonI suppose it must be nearly full summer down there with you, as it is finally spring with us here   
11950/06/06 TLS[x]from MertonI was happy to get your letter. Thanks also for the Ta Hio. All that oriental stuff is very  Mencius / Panjatali's yoga [Patanjali?] / Verona book - Blaise Pascal's Pensées - St. Gregory of Nyssa's "Life of Moses" - Dutch mystic Hadjewich's writings - / possible book of correspondence of advanced spiritual meditation from various spiritual traditions (Christian contemplatives to yoga masters)
11950/06/21 TL[x]to MertonAbout the annual. For you it is an aesthetic problem, for me a moral one. But I will handle it now   
11950/06/26 TLS[x]from MertonAbout the annual. For you it is an aesthetic problem, for me a moral one. But I will handle it nowYes [Cooper #41]
11950/07/26 TLS[x]to MertonI am horrified when I see the date on your last letter-- June 26th-- and realize that I have let  Merton's Dylan Thomas poem - delay of using it due to concurrent publication of a piece by Gore Vidal regarding homosexuality in the <i>New Directions Annual</i>
11950/07/29 TLS[x]from MertonI was awfully glad to get your letter because this is just the moment when it is to the interest   
11950/08/02 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of July 29th, but forgive me for saying that I find the contents   
11950/08/07 TL[x]to MertonFollowing up my letter of the other day about the book on the Psalms, I have just had a very nice   
11950/08/19 TLS[x]from MertonThe reason why I have not written, as you can guess, is that I have been trying to get organizedYes [Cooper #42]
11950/09/11 TLS[x]from MertonWill you kindly take care of the enclosed request about a French anthology?  Merton going to the hospital regarding ulcers (colitis) / concerning Ezra Pound sending a funny letter regarding some under ripe cheese he had received from Gethsemani
11950/09/12 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of August 19th. My delay in answering the same is notYes [Cooper #43]
11950/09/19 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your note of September 11th, but I was indeed sorry to hear that you have to go up   
11950/10/03 TLS[x]from MertonNo, I wrote to Bob again, and told him that the book was yours.Yes [Cooper #44]
11950/10/17 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your good letter of October 3rd, and I am pleased to learn that you are   
11950/11/08 TL[x]to MertonI was extremely sorry to learn from Naomi over the telephone today that you had gone back  on Merton returning to the hospital / meeting with Naomi Burton Stone / Merton sending some of his drawings to Laughlin - concern that some of the modernist drawings will upset Catholic censors
11950/11/13 TLS[x]from MertonBeing in the hospital I have come by this typewriter and dare to write letters. Here too is a poemYes [Cooper #45]
11950/11/15 (#01)telegram[x]from MertonPLEASE RUSH MANUSCRIPT TO SAINT JOSEPHS INFIRMARY LOUISVILLE I CAN FINISH WORK HERE   
11950/11/15? (#02)TLS[x]from MertonAfter I had sent off this morning's letter with the poem I realized that you did not have my address   
11950/11/15? (#03)TL[x]to MertonForgive me for not shooting the script down to you the day your wire came, but it reached me in New   
11950/11/22 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the completed ms of BREAD IN THE WILDERNESS. I only have to add some materialYes [Cooper #46]
11950/12/05 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your letter of November 22nd, and I'm glad to know that you are making  Charles Carey - visit to Gethsemani Abbey
11950/12/20 TL[x]to MertonThe enclosed just came in, and I have sent off the book to the judges.   
11951/01/20 TLS[x]from MertonHere are a bunch of drawings. I was going to send you one as a Christmas card but never got around  André Gide - design by Alvin Lustig
11951/01/30 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your letter of January 20th, and I am delighted with the drawings  Merton's "drawings of the Greeks" and some sent for use in <i>Bread in the Wilderness</i>
11951/02/27 TLS[x]from MertonRushing these pictures of the <i>Dévot Christ</i> of Perpignan to you in case Lustig might be able   
11951/04/06 TLS[x]from MertonIt was good to get your letter from the Canadian Alps. The thought of a hut that one reaches onlyYes [Cooper #47]
11951/04/16 TL[x]to MertonThanks very much for your letter of April 6th, which has just reached me out in Alta, whither I have  on the upcoming Catholic Poetry Forum in New York - some speakers reactionary / Robert Speaight - Harvard recording of Merton's poems / T. S. Eliot lecture / book on Russian pilgrim Merton sent
11951/04/25 TL[x]to MertonI have just had a letter from Lustig in New York, and here is what he says: "All I need to design   
11951/05/04 TLS[x]from MertonI am awfully late in writing this but we have been busy with the regular checkup of the monastery by   
11951/05/15 TL[x]to MertonJust got your little note, giving me the green light to go ahead and get the script ready for Lustig   
11951/06/25 TL[x]to MertonI certainly did have a wonderful visit down there and want to thank you, and Father Abbot  meeting with Alvin Lustig about <i>Bread in the Wilderness</i> - Lustig opposed to using Merton drawings in book and just wants to use the photos Merton sent of le Dévôt-Christ of the Cathedral of St. John, Perpignan, France
11951/06/27 TLS[x]from MertonBy all means go ahead with the Crucifix which is called Le Devot Christ and is found at Perpignan.  idea of giving the drawings to Bob Giroux for use in the journal of Merton's to be published by him
11951/07/07 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the book of type samples. Unless Lustig has other ideas I think Perpetua would be fineYes [Cooper #48]
11951/07/09 TLS[x]from MertonThanks ever so much for your good letter of June 27th and I am pleased that you are willing to goYes [Cooper #49]
11951/07/20 TL[x]to MertonThanks very much for sending along the book of the new version of the Psalms. One of the girls   
11951/07/26 TL[x]to MertonLustig has just brought in his preliminary sketches for the book and I am terribly excited about   
11951/08/03 TLS[x] from Merton to Miss ClarkI am returning Lustigs layouts for BREAD IN THE WILDERNESS and a note for him also.   
11951/09/06 HPCSto MertonHope you have had a good summer. Paris is fine still. The man who took the pictures of Le Devot  [verso: black and white photograph of l'Église Saint-Sulpice in Paris]
11951/10/23? (#01)HLSto MertonI'm back now and getting into the rhythm of work again. How have you been? Here are some cards  [no year supplied - Cooper lists as 1951]
11951/10/23? (#02)HNfrom Merton+JHS [-] Jay  [note by Merton on verso of Laughlin's 1951/10/23 letter to Merton - possible draft of letter to Laughlin]
11951/10/29 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter and cards from various parts- eagerly look forward to the stuff on MirafloresYes [Cooper #50]
11951/11/20 TL[x]to MertonI am back in New York now, and have received the contracts for "Bread" from Naomi, and they appear  ideas of places to publish Merton's poems "Early Mass" and "Sports Without Blood"
11951/12/21 TLS[x]from MertonYour letter of November 20 has been lying around all this time. By all means let Victor WeybrightYes [Cooper #51]
11952/01/02 TLS[x]to MertonIt was good to get your Christmas letter. Many thanks, and best to you for the coming year.Yes [Cooper #52]
11952/01/15 TLS[x]from MertonJust sent off Weybright's agreement. I like the idea of his New World Writing and am glad to beYes [Cooper #53]
11952/01/21 TL[x]to MertonThank you ever so much for your fine letter of January 15th and the various business enclosures.  Grenville Clark
11952/03/18 TL[x]to MertonThank you for sending along the request for Italian permission. I shall check into this,  <i>Bread in the Wilderness</i> - Eric Gill's press / suggesting Merton for advisory board of magazine <u>Perspectives USA</u> to represent Catholic intellectual movement
11952/04/07 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for sending me your "Introduction to Cistercian Theology." I am terribly glad   
11952/04/10 HLS[x]from MertonNo sign of those proofs yet. Why I write to you is this: we are now getting right into editorial  <i>The Sign of Jonas</i> editorial work / proofs for <i>Bread in the Wilderness</i>
11952/06/05 TLS[x]from MertonBob MacGregor said I could reach you through American Express in Geneva.Yes [Cooper #54]
11952/08/19 TL[x]to MertonI feel terribly badly that I have let so much time go by this summer without writing you.Yes [Cooper #55]
11952/09/28 TLS[x]from MertonI am astonished to see that it is already a month since I got your letter. Yes, the revised proofsYes [Cooper #56]
11953/08/13? TL[x]to MertonI'm sorry not to have written for so long. I was three months out in India and had a great time.Yes [Cooper #57]
11953/09/14 TL[x]to MertonBob McGregor has relayed to me an enquiry you sent him about your author's copies of the issue  Robert MacGregor - essay on St. John of the Cross in <u>Perspectives</u>
11953/09/25 TLS[x] from Merton to Miss GlynnThe first part of the censor's approbation in <u>Bread in the Wilderness</u> should read as follows:   
11953/09/25 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the various editions of <u>Perspectives</u> which are coming in.Yes [Cooper #58]
11953/10/27 TL[x]to MertonYour letter was, as always, a great pleasure to me, and I am so pleased to think that you are   
11953/12/07 TNS[x]to MertonI think this guy Weaver is wonderful and am very glad that you put me on to him. Hope we can print  [note on a full letter from Laughlin to Professor Richard M. Weaver - Laughlin writes in praise of Weaver's <i>The Ethics of Rhetoric</i>, which Merton recommends]
11953/12/21 TLS[x]from MertonAfter all the crises and difficulties the new book went through, it was wonderful to seeYes [Cooper #59]
11954/01/07 TL[x]to MertonThank you so much for your good letter of December 21. Needless to say, I am very happy that youYes [Cooper #60]
11954/07/03  to MertonThank you so much for your letter of June 16th, and especially for your kind wishes for AnnYes [Cooper #61 - see 1956/July/03 - this letter is misdated on the original and published by Cooper under 1954. The events referenced in the letter happened in 1956 as does Merton's letter of June 16. The letter was typed and signed in Laughlin's name by a secretary.]
11954/07/03 TL[x]to MertonThank you so much for your letter of June 16th, and especially for your kind wishes for AnnYes [Cooper #61]
11955/01/20 TLS[x]to MertonI feel like seven kinds of pig not to have written you for so long. I think of you often and wonder  <u>Perspectives</u> magazine - Richard M. Weaver piece - sending Merton "Perspectives in Japan" / Prioress at Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, CT, asking to do a new translation of the Spiritual Exercises of Gertrude the Great / Robert Giroux at Harcourt Brace
11955/02/16 TLS[x]from MertonIt was good to hear from you again and to get the Japanese Perspectives. You must have had a fineYes [Cooper #62]
11955/04/15 TLS[x] from Gordon, David / to MertonI write to you again <u>in sinu Ecclesiae nostroe</u> and in profound thanks for the exhalation  warning to Merton from David Gordon, a Catholic convert from New York, about publishing with James Laughlin, whom Gordon describes as "a poisoner of Catholic souls"
11955/08/16 TLS[x]from MertonWriting a letter to you these days is like writing to some Jules Verne character in an airship.Yes [Cooper #63]
11955/09/19 TL[x]to MertonIt was good to find your fine letter of August 16th here in the New York office on my return after  trip to India and Iran / yellow mosques of Isfahan, Iran - Persian culture / comparisons of Islam to the Calvinism of his childhood, "devotion and austerity" / Buddhist Dhammapada and the Tamil Kural / Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz translated by C. F. MacIntyre / modern Greek poets / asking Merton to send some Trappist cheese to Ezra Pound
11955/12/14 TLSto MertonOnce again, I'm afraid, despite the best intentions, I have fallen badly behind with correspondence.   
11956/05/07 TLS[x]from MertonFor a long time I have been meaning to write about several things. For one, I at last sent offYes [Cooper #64]
11956/05/09 TLS[x]from MertonI wrote you yesterday about the poems of a kid called Dan Quinn who had been here for a few weeks   
11956/05/24 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your very fine letter of May 7th. It was good to hear from you againYes [Cooper #65 - pages 2-4 original to the Center, page one copied from Harvard]
11956/06/16 TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all, congratulations on your marriage. By all means bring her down when you comeYes [Cooper #66]
11956/07/03 TLSto MertonThank you so much for your letter of June 16th, and especially for your kind wishes for AnnYes [Cooper #61 - this letter is misdated on the original as 1954 and published by Cooper under 1954. The events referenced in the letter happened in 1956 as does Merton's letter of June 16. The letter was typed and signed in Laughlin's name by a secretary. (Information per Laughlin biographer Ian S. MacNiven.)]
11956/07/20 (#01)TLSto MertonI hope you will forgive a joint letter, with carbons, but traveling around fast from place to place  [addressed to "Naomi, Tom and Bob" - likely Naomi Burton (Stone), Merton and Robert Giroux]
11956/07/20 (#02)other <u>ITALIAN APPEALS FOR THE LIBERATION OF EZRA POUND</u> [-] On October 30th, 1955, the 70th  [possibly enclosed with 1956/07/20 letter - actual date uncertain - see also the correspondence file of Florence mayor, Giorgio La Pira]
11956/07/20 (#03)TL[c]from Duncan, HarryLast Thursday my partner and dearest friend Paul died of injuries received in an auto accident  [writing from the Cummington Press, Rowe, Massachusetts]
11956/07/25 (#01)HPCSto MertonIsn't this a marvelous painting? I'd never seen it before. Got your [word missing..] books about  [verso: color print of the Jan Brueghel painting "Der Turmbau zu Babel" (The Tower of Babel)]
11956/07/25 (#02)TL[c]to Duncan, HarryI am deeply distressed to learn of the cruel blow which is has struck you -- the death of your   
11956/07/26 HPCSto MertonWhat a lovely spot. This old Kloster of yr. order. Dare say you know all about it, but am sending   
11956/08/06 HPCS[x]from MertonThe Marcks [unclear word] sounds fine for <u>Tower of Babel</u> - by all means go ahead  Gerhardt Marcks
11956/09/25 TL[x]to MertonGood news! I just had a letter from Gerhard Marcks in Cologne saying that he has read "The Tower of  plans of Gerhard Marcks to create woodcuts to illustrate Merton's poem "The Tower of Babel"
11957/01/02 TLSto MertonBob has passed on to me your letter of December 15th, with its kind messages for me, and I am glad   
11957/08/30 TALS[x]from MertonHow-- and where-- are you? There are lots of things to write to you about, if only I can rememberYes [Cooper #67]
11957/09/27 TLSto MertonYour letter was wonderful, a real joy, and this is not the long letter I am going to write you   
11957/11/08 TLSto MertonWhat a wretch I am to have let so much time go by without answering your wonderful letter.Yes [Cooper #68]
11958/08/23 TLSto MertonThank you so very much for sending me the beautiful little Prometheus, a lovely thing is a work of   
11958/09/23 TLSto MertonThank you so much for sending me the intriguingly shaped "Pax." That is a very appealing tone   
11958/09/29 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter of the 23rd. I think it would be ok to print the poems in the anthology.  wanting to see his translations of the poems of Pablo Antonio Cuadra published in New Directions anthology / writing long article on Boris Pasternak / "Letter to an Innocent Bystander"
11958/10/09 TL[x]to MertonI am considerable attracted to the poems by Cuadra that you have translated. It is, so far, a minor  Pablo Antonio Cuadra / suggests sending "Letter to an Innocent Bystander" to Ted Weeks at the <u>Atlantic</u> / Merton's ad in <u>Pantheon</u>
11958/10/16 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter, and for the Pasternak <u>Selected Writings</u> which came in today.Yes [Cooper #70]
11959/01/17 TLS[x]from MertonThe Perspective of Italy has arrived together with your copy of your letter to P.A. Cuadra.Yes [Cooper #71]
11959/01/26 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your fine letter of January 17th, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed   
11959/02/12 TLS[x]from MertonIt was good to get your letter of Jan. 26th, and I can imagine how hard it must be to get outYes [Cooper #72]
11959/02/20 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your fine letter of the 12th, which reached me down here in Florida, where I amYes [Cooper #73]
11959/03/02 TL[x]to MertonBob and I have been making some inquiries about easy-to-read Russian books which you might  Russian book suggestions - Mikhail Lermontov's <i>A Hero of Our Time</i> and Alexander Pushkin's <i>Queen of Spades</i> / Russian language study
11959/03/02 TLSto MertonBob and I have been making some inquiries about easy-to-read Russian books which you might like,  Russian book suggestions - Mikhail Lermontov's <i>A Hero of Our Time</i> and Alexander Pushkin's <i>Queen of Spades</i> / Russian language study
11959/03/11 TL[x] from Ohannessian, Griselda / to MertonMr. Laughlin asked me to follow up on a little question he had in regard to your remarks  Griselda Jackson Ohannessian of New Directions asking if they can quote from a letter of Merton for a blurb for a book by Giuseppe Ungaretti
11959/04/13 (#01)TLSto MertonI thought you might like to see this nice letter from Mardersteig, who is, in my book, the greatest   
11959/04/13 (#02)TLS[x]from Mardersteig, J.It was very kind of you to send me a copy of your beautiful edition of Thomas Merton's "The Tower of   
11959/04/17 TL[x]to Stone, Naomi BurtonThank you so much for steering Tom's translations from the Desert Fathers to me. I read them last   
11959/04/18 TLS[x]from MertonI want to rush this off to you, so it may be a little incoherent. But the main thing is thatYes [Cooper #74]
11959/04/23 (#01)TLSto MertonThanks so much for your letter of April 18th, with the expanded text of the "Desert Fathers"   
11959/04/23 (#02)TL[c]to Stone, Naomi BurtonThank you so much for steering Tom's translations from the Desert Fathers to me. I read them last   
11959/04/28? (#01)TN[x] from Merton to Naomi Burton StoneHere, in haste, is the copy of my letter to J. So you have everything to date. I am expecting Bob  [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files - see also letter to James Laughlin (item number two of this date)] French edition of <i>Thoughts in Solitude</i> / <i>The Wisdom of the Desert</i> 2016/05/01 Hart, Patrick, Br., O.C.S.O.
11959/04/28? (#02)TN[x]from MertonIt is good news that the Desert Fathers go to ND and that you are interested in making it a very  [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files - see also letter to Naomi Burton Stone (item number one of this date)] <i>The Wisdom of the Desert</i> - design of the book, archaic versus modern - Victor Hammer and American Uncial font / musical setting for ""The Tower of Babel - Vincent Persichetti
11959/05/08 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your very fine letter of April 28th. First of all, let me say how excited I am   
11959/05/14 TLS[x]from MertonJune first or second would be really fine-- or any time that week except the fifth, (Friday) which  D. T. Suzuki and book on the desert fathers - hope to have a book design by Mardersteig / Victor Hammer / Brazilian poet Jorge de Lima / dropping idea of studying Russian language
11959/06/17 TL[x]to Stone, Naomi BurtonThank you so much for your good letter of June 15th, received in Norfolk, from where I am dictating   
11959/06/23 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your fine letter of the 18th. I am still enjoying the glow of my visit with you,   
11959/07/06 (#01)HLSto MertonI certainly did enjoy the [indecipherable word.. ] with you. Driving through that lovely country   
11959/07/06 (#02)other Progress Causes Latin Eruptions [-] By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS [-] Latin America has a fever.  [newspaper clipping - enclosed with 1959/07/06 letter]
11959/07/06 (#03)other AMERICAS VOTE NICARAGUA STUDY [-] O.A.S. Is Expected to Send Fact-Finding Mission  [newspaper clipping - enclosed with 1959/07/06 letter]
11959/08/11 (#01)TLSto MertonPlease forgive me for having been so uncommunicative while I was out west. I had a marvelous time.  enclosed with 1959/08/11 letter - letter to Cuadra dated 1959/08/05
11959/08/11 (#02)TL[c]to Van Doren, MarkMany thanks for your card of the 31st, about the manuscript of Tom's "Selected Poems."  enclosed with 1959/08/11 letter - letter to Van Doren dated 1959/08/04
11959/08/11 (#03)TAL[c]to Cuadra, Pablo AntonioI want to thank you so much for sending me the autographed copy of your beautiful little book,  enclosed with 1959/08/11 letter - letter to Cuadra dated 1959/08/05
11959/10/19 HLS[x]from MertonI am here in the hospital for some minor repairs - will be going back to the monastery in a few daysYes [Cooper #75]
11959/11/02 TLSto MertonI really am getting quite potty in my old age. I dictated this whole letter to you last week,   
11959/11/11 TALSto MertonThat old Suzuki really is tremendous, isn't he? Bob has given me his piece to read, and your new   
11959/11/14 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your two letters. I'll start with the Suzuki questions. He gave me carte blanche  D. T. Suzuki and book on the desert fathers - Mardersteig's Dante / Victor Hammer / Ernesto Cardenal and feedback from Octavio Paz / Mark Van Doren and the scandal of Charlie Van Doren
11959/12/11 TALSto MertonI have held off in writing you recently, hoping that I might arrive in person, on my way out to Utah   
11959/12/14 TALS[x]from MertonYour letter and Bob's together with one copy of the <u>Selected Poems</u> reached me today.Yes [Cooper #76]
11959/12/17 TALSto MertonSo glad to get your good letter of December 14th and pleased that you liked the appearance of the   
11960/01/05 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for sending the specimen pages that Mardersteig has designed. They are simply splendid.  Mardersteign's design / Laughlin's visit to Gethsemani January 12 / Victor Hammer and his crucifix for the Gethsemani chapel
11960/01/09 HLSto Merton<u>So</u> pleased that you like M's layout too. Will try to bring down script so we can work over   
11960/01/29 (#01)TL[c]from MertonWe are in an emergency. There are going to have to be drastic changes in our plan for theYes [Cooper #77]
11960/01/29 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonWe are in an emergency. There are going to have to be drastic changes in our plan for theYes [Cooper #77]
11960/01/29 (#03)other Merton - <u>Wisdom of the Desert</u> [-] TABLE OF CONTENTS [-] Part I [-] Note [-] The Wisdom   
11960/01/31 (#01)other SELECTED POEMS [-] Father Merton's own selection from his five previous volumes of poetry  [advertisement for Merton's <i>Selected Poems</i> - handwritten list of magazines in which the add is to appear, including <u>Jubilee</u>, <u>Commonweal</u>, <u>America</u>, <u>Catholic World</u>, and <u>Catholic Library World</u>]
11960/01/31 (#02)other A Selection Of Merton Poems [-] <i>A Review by William Habich</i> [-] SELECTED POEMS  [news clipping - review by William Habich of Merton's <i>Selected Poems</i> from the <u>Louisville Courier-Journal</u>, 1960/01/31]
11960/01/31 (#03)other Selected Poems Of Thomas Merton [-] (New Directions Paperbook $1.45) [-] Quoting Thomas  [news clipping - review Merton's <i>Selected Poems</i> from the <u>The Globe</u> of Sioux City, Iowa, 1960/01/07]
11960/02/02 TLSto MertonThis morning there arrived on my desk, from an old friend in France, the writer Joseph Delteil,   
11960/02/10 TLSto MertonJust back from some very pleasant skiing up in snowy Vermont with my daughter and some friends,Yes [Cooper #78]
11960/02/15 TLSto MertonMiss Haggard, up at Curtis Brown, has just sent the poem back to me, writing: "I am returning   
11960/02/19 TALS[x]from MertonIt is getting a little hard to keep up with everything that goes on, all of a sudden.  Joseph Delteil / D. T. Suzuki material - silence from Abbot General / Dorothy Day and the plight of Hopi Indians in the United States / Laughlin's newborn son Henry / Bill Everson / Bob Lax / E. W. May interview / South American poets - translating Jorge Carrera Andrade / "Problems and Pardons" manuscript
11960/02/23 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of February 19th. Yes, things do get busy, don't they?   
11960/03/03 TNS[x]from MertonIn case one of those blokes might like two instead of one, here is another poem.  Merton received Delteil book - his offhand reflection
11960/03/15 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your note of March 3rd, and that's a nice poem, the "Messenger from the Horizon",   
11960/03/18 TLS[x]from Mertonthat has been working on me for some time, of very informally discussing basic things with small  [dated by Cooper as March 18, 1960 - only last page extant in this file] small group, open-ended discussions with writers and intellectuals / project to study the Shakers - correspondence with Shaker eldress from New Hampshire / suggests Laughlin visit Gethsemani with Robert Lax, Jack Kerouac and others
11960/04/04 TALSto MertonI feel badly to have let so many days slip by without answering your good letter of March 18th.   
11960/04/07 TL[x]to MertonLast evening I spent an hour or so with your discovery, the venerable hermit, Isaac of Ninive.  Isaac of Nineveh and comparisons to the Desert Fathers / "Problems and Pardons" manuscript (<i>The Behavior of Titans</i>)
11960/04/20 TLS[x]from MertonFinally the Delteil book starts back to you. I can see where Henry Miller would like it, and I likeYes [Cooper #79]
11960/05/10 TALSto MertonThat is fine that the censors have come through with their approval on "P &amp; P". I am shooting   
11960/05/15? TALS[x]from MertonA real hasty note, to try to get it in the mail this afternoon. I have been rushing to finish  [no date - mid-May from context] article on Mount Athos and Orthodox Christians / rejection by order of publishing D. T. Suzuki material / meeting of Merton with 6-7 African American Methodist ministers from Tennessee and African American artists from Louisville / Apuleius's "Amor and Psyche" commentary by E. Neumann / Ernesto Cardenal
11960/05/31 TALS[x]from MertonA problem has arisen. Bob Giroux thinks that <u>Problems and Pardons</u> as a title comes too closeYes [Cooper #80]
11960/06/02 TALSto MertonI feel very badly to have let two of your letters go unanswered so long. Let me explain that this   
11960/06/07 TL[c]to MertonJust got your letter of May 31st in which you tell of Bob Giroux's objections to the title "Problems   
11960/06/12 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter(s) of recent date. I am glad that the new title is all right with you.  "Problems and Pardons" manuscript re-titled <i>The Behavior of Titans</i> for publication - sending Herakleitos article for addition to book / Merton's D. T. Suzuki work for <u>New Directions Annual</u> / Latin American poets - Jorge Carrera Andrade, Octavio Paz, Esther de Caseres, Ernesto Cardenal
11960/06/16 (#01)TALSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of June 12th, with enclosure of the piece on Herakleitos,   
11960/06/16 (#02)TL[x] from Laughlin, James / to Dorothy DayFather Merton writes me that you are going to print his piece, "Prometheus", in "The Catholic Worker   
11960/06/20 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the full Suzuki text. I have had the preface retyped with a lot of necessary changes and IYes [Cooper #81]
11960/06/21 HLS[x]from MertonHere is another version of any concluding remarks. It should take the place of the version I sent   
11960/06/21 HLS[x]from MertonHere is another version of any concluding remarks. It should take the place of the version I sent   
11960/06/24 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of June 20th, enclosing the text of the Merton-Suzuki interchange,   
11960/06/28 HLS[x]from MertonHere are the poems of Carrera Andrade that I have done so far, with a little introduction. They are   
11960/07/09 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your note of June 28th. I like the little poem "A Song for Nobody" VERY much --   
11960/07/30 HLS[x]from MertonThis is just a note to say that the material on Carrera Andrade and the new poem have all been   
11960/08/08 TLS[x]from MertonDo you know of some really good schools in Switzerland and France? I am trying to help out a kid  need help finding schools in Europe for a bright high school aged student who had visited - working through Ezra Pound translations of Confucius during visit - idea of studying Chinese language / <i>Wisdom of the Desert</i> / Mencius / poet Herbert Mason
11960/08/12 TALSto MertonI'm sorry to have fallen silent again for so many days. Perhaps I could blame it on the summer,   
11960/08/15 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of August 8th, just received in the country, with the query about a good   
11960/08/25 TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the letter about the schools which I relayed to the mother of the brilliant child,  Herbert Mason / interested in finding material by additional Latin American poets - Miguel Angel Asturias, Carlos Pellicer, Luis Cardoza y Aragon, Raul Leyva / interested in [Bertolt] Brecht
11960/08/31 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your note of August 25th, enclosing the, as you say, quite remarkable poems of young   
11960/09/01 TLSto MertonThe other evening I had dinner with Octavio Paz. He came over here unexpectedly for a week   
11960/09/15 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letters of Aug. 31st and Sept 1. And today I got the proofs of WISDOM in the mail  poet Nels Richardson / list of books suggested by Octavio Paz - [Jorge Luis] Borges / Harper's Bazaar using material from <i>The Wisdom of the Desert</i>
11960/09/26 TLSto MertonThe new, slightly smaller edition of "Bread" has just come in, and I think it looks very nice.  Nels Richardson / Ezra Pound's translation of Mencius / Jean-Paul Sartre's <i>Nausea</i>
11960/11/07 TLS[x]from Fox, JamesYour book CAN THESE BONES LIVE to Father Louis arrived, postmarked from Clifton, New Jersey.  Dom James sending back Edward Dahlberg's <i>Can These Bones Live</i> - "Certain chapters and drawings really are not for monks… We have not mentioned it to Father Louis"
11960/11/10 TL[x]to Fox, JamesIt was so good of you to write me at such length about the Dahlberg book, but I am so distressed to   
11960/11/17 HLS[x]from MertonI have just been writing to a man in Karachi who is interested in my books- a Moslem to whom I can't  afraid to send Abdul Aziz a copy of <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> because of an error about the Sufis - inspiration to do <i>New Seeds of Contemplation</i> with this and other corrections and additions
11960/11/22 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your note suggesting the possibility of a revised edition of "Seeds." I haven't   
11960/11/28 TLS[x]from MertonWhat you say about the Cuadra poems is all right with me. I would be translating only three or fourYes [Cooper #82]
11960/11/30 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of November 28th. I think that is a good decision to put all   
11960/12/02 TALSto MertonDoes the name Ramon J. Sender ring a bell with you? He is a Spanish writer--author of several very   
11960/12/05 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the introduction to the Cuadra poems. I have absolutely no factual information, like dates  advising to write to Ernesto Cardenal about biographical information about Pablo Antonio Cuadra / Ramon Sender book and <i>Antologia de la Poesia Negra</i> / desire for Loeb Classical Library edition of Aeschylus in Greek and Latin - Sophocles
11960/12/09 TLSto MertonCould you take a quick look at this copy I just wrote for the jacket of the TITANS and flash it back   
11960/12/15 TL[c]to Cuadra, Pablo AntonioThank you so much for your most kind letter of December 7th, with enclosure of the biographical  [carbon copy sent to Merton]
11960/12/17 TLS[x]from MertonWell, it is pretty bold of you to let authors write their own blurbs. I did however slightly reviseYes [Cooper #83]
11960/12/20 TLSto MertonBob has just brought me your rewrite of the blurb for "Titans" and I think it is great--an enormous   
11960/12/26 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your fine letter of December 17th, enclosing the two good poems-- "AdviceYes [Cooper #84]
11961/01/04 TLS[x]from MertonI got your good letter of Dec. 26th and am glad you liked the poems.  [Cooper #85 - letter dated 1960/January/04 but Cooper dates it as a mistake]
11961/02/09 TALSto MertonHere are your proofs of all the fine and wonderful things that you have so generously given us for   
11961/02/11 TLS[x]from MertonProofs came and I enjoyed reading them. The Suzuki piece is wonderful. Having the footnotes  idea of Laughlin and Jack Mills coming to Gethsemani
11961/02/20 TL[c]to Thittila, Bikkhu U.I hope you will forgive my delay in replying to your very kind letter of September last.  [letter to The Rev. Bikkhu U Thittila in Rangoon, Burma - carbon copy to Merton]
11961/02/21 TLSto MertonThanks very much indeed for being so quick with the Suzuki proofs. And I am glad you found them   
11961/02/no? HLS[x]from MertonTitans just arrived and it is very, very handsome. Congratulations on its really beautiful jacket.  Merton states that Laughlin forgot to include imprimatur of the Archbishop of New York
11961/03/03 TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all the Hasegawa print certainly did arrive and I am overjoyed with it. We have given itYes [Cooper #86]
11961/03/27 TLSto MertonThis letter will be typed in the New York office, but I am dictating it from out in Utah, where   
11961/04/05 TALS[x]from MertonMuch thanks for the great long letter with the third dimension of your daughter's conversationYes [Cooper #87]
11961/04/06 HLS[x]from MertonI just ran across a title of a book that would be of considerable help in any work I do on Chinese  asking for help in obtaining the following books: <i>The Confucian Persuasion</i> by Arthur F. Wright and <i>Chinese Thought and Institutions</i> edited by John King Fairbank / "wrote to Doc Williams [William Carlos Williams] and sent him the solitude poem printed by Victor." [Victor Hammer]
11961/04/18 TALSto MertonUnder separate cover I am sending you a little paperback of the "Benjamin Minor" of Richard of St.   
11961/05/01 HLS[x]from MertonHere it is May 1 and raining hard – but a lovely quiet morning nevertheless in the hermitage.  John and Barbara Beecher / translation of Chuang Tzu
11961/05/03? TLS[x]from MertonOne thing I forgot in my last letter was the question of the offprints. I am glad it can be  William Carlos Williams recommends Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish as a "religious poem"
11961/05/23 HLSto MertonSorry for silence. My dear old Aunt went to Heaven and there has been much to do.   
11961/05/24 HLS[x]from MertonIt happens that the censors of the order have vetoed the atomic bomb piece "because others have  private printing and circulation of manuscript on nuclear war [<i>Peace in the Post-Christian Era</i>] / Gandhi essay book
11961/05/26 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your note. Yes it is all right to state the case as you put it. Dialogue on Zen  "Dialogue on Zen and Christian Mysticism" / Thomas McDonnell's <i>Merton Reader</i>
11961/05/31 TLSto MertonBefore it slips my mind, did you get that copy of the translation of Richard of St. Victor that was   
11961/06/05 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter of May 31st. I am glad of all the news. And first of all there has been  permission from abbot general to publish "Original Child Bomb" / Victor Hammer and "Hagia Sophia"
11961/06/21 TLS[x]from MertonFitzgerald's Odyssey has come and it is a fine big handsome thing, reads very well, one  Paul Sih and a English-Chinese side-by-side version of <i>The Way of Chuang Tzu</i> / letter from Salvatore Quasimodo / Romain Rolland's journal on India - Tagore / Lawrence Ferlinghetti
11961/06/29 TALSto MertonHere I am out in SF, staying with Rexroth in his marvelous house, a real old palace, which he can   
11961/07/01 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonGood to hear from you. Lax wrote in the same mail and said Antonucci had designed somethingYes [Cooper #88]
11961/07/01 (#02)TLS[x] from Merton to Mihael CukoveckiNous vous donnons bien volontiers la permission de traduire les livres que vous nous avez demandée.  [see also the "Cukovecki, Mihael Rudolf, Fr., O.F.M." file] responds to permission request to translate <i>Seeds of Contemplation</i> and <i>No Man Is an Island</i> into Croatian
11961/07/05 (#01)TLSto MertonThanks so much for your letter of June 21st, which has just reached me out in San Francisco,  Paul Sih and <i>The Way of Chuang Tzu</i>
11961/07/05 (#02)HNS from ? / to MertonI'm "vetting" J's letters since his secy away. Thanks a great deal for your July 5th letter which   
11961/07/05 (#03)HLSfrom Mussayassul, Melanie Nagelhow nice to hear from you, with three lovely books - I'm grateful and I thank you -  [original copy forwarded to Merton - originally sent to Laughlin 1961/04/11]
11961/07/08 TLS[x]from MertonI just got through writing to Ferlinghetti about the Original Child. Yesterday I received from Bob  Lawrence Ferlinghetti's desire to publish and his suggestions for "Original Child Bomb" - to Robert Lax for <u>Pax</u>, layout by Emil Antonucci / "An Elegy for Ernest Hemingway"
11961/07/14 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of July first, which reached me out in San Francisco, from where I am   
11961/07/22 TLS[x]from MertonIt is good to get your roundabout letters from the coast, and it sounds great out there. EspeciallyYes [Cooper #89]
11961/07/24 (#01)TALSto MertonEmil Antonucci has just sent me his dummy of your "Bomb" book, and the lay-out for the first  "Original Child Bomb" - to Robert Lax for <u>Pax</u>, layout by Emil Antonucci - Lawrence Ferlinghetti publishing poem in <u>Journal for the Protection of All Beings</u> / "An Elegy for Ernest Hemingway" - Laughlin's mixed view, genius of Hemingway vs. the "glorification of violence" - Ezra Pound on Hemingway
11961/07/24 (#02)TL[c]to Antonucci, EmilThank you so much for your letter with the dummy of the proposed book for Tom's "Original Child Bomb  [Emil Antonucci was designer and illustrator of a special limited edition of "Original Child Bomb"]
11961/07/26 (#01)TLSto MertonI have just received a nice letter from Jorge Carrera Andrade who writes that he is now Ambassador   
11961/07/26 (#02)TALS[x] from Tshering, Tashi / to George and BobI am about to settle down by now and living in men's dormitory a new building which is  [Tashi Tshering writes from Seattle, Washington, to "George and Bob" in New York City - mimeograph of letter sent to Merton]
11961/07/27 TLS[x]from MertonYour carbon to Antonucci has not arrived but I am replying right away to the letter.  Ernest Hemingway - "the cult of blood and guts was very phony… sad at his death" / Br. Antoninus (William Oliver Everson) / Victor Hammer printing "Hagia Sophia" / feedback on Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish"
11961/08/02 TLS[x]from MertonThis morning I wrote to Lawrence about the furnace poem and the censors.  asking address of poet Jorge Carrera Andrade in Ecuador / Brother Antoninus / Claude Fredericks and idea for selections from 16th century mystic, Benet of Canfield
11961/08/11 TLSto MertonPlease forgive my delay in replying to your good letter of July 27th. I have been moving aboutYes [Cooper #90]
11961/08/17 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your note of August 2nd, which reached me just as I am beginning my trip back east.   
11961/08/18 (#01)HLSto MertonI'm now planning to fly from Denver to Louisville on Friday, August 25th. Will pick up rental car  [Laughlin writes from the Alta Lodge in Sandy, Utah]
11961/08/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letter. By now, as you know, a series of accidents has led to the publicationYes [Cooper #91]
11961/08/19 HPCS[x]from MertonFine! Will look for you on the 25th or 26th. Come as soon as you can. Sunday is not the best   
11961/09/06 HLSto MertonJust to thank you - and tell you how much I enjoyed my visit. Really the high point of my whole   
11961/09/12 TLSto MertonI am sore of heart. That matter we discussed, where a friend of ours is trying to push me around,   
11961/09/18 TL[x]to MertonDid Gilda send you one of these specimens of the layout for the "New Seeds"? Isn't it handsome?   
11961/09/19 TALS[x]from MertonFirst of all the book of Denise Levertov just arrived. I think her book from Jonathan Williams wasYes [Cooper #92]
11961/09/25 TL[c]to Antonucci, EmilJust a line to let you know that Gilda has shown me your revised layout for the "Bomb" and I like it   
11961/09/26 (#01)TLSto MertonI always bless you especially when it comes jacket writing time. Those lines you sent   
11961/09/26 (#02)HLSto MertonThe Cuadra Giants has some fine stuff in it. I'll dictate about it tomorrow. Here is some gist for   
11961/09/30 TL[x]to MertonGosh things are madly busy these days… So this isn't the real letter answer to your last yet,   
11961/10/01 HLS[x]from MertonThanks for all the "grist." Some of it is being read in the refectory. I am returning the Ferry one.  invitation for W. H. "Ping" Ferry to visit Gethsemani / asking for reaction to "A Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra Concerning Giants" / Henry Miller's book <i>Remember to Remember</i>
11961/10/02 TLS[x]from MertonOn the bomb piece, the only indication of censorship is, as far as I remember, this sentence:  speech by Andrei Gromyko - reaction by John F. Kennedy and the United States to Soviet politics / question of whether Lawrence Ferlinghetti was blacklisted by Dom James Fox because Fox did not like <i>Journal for the Protection of All Beings</i>
11961/10/06 TLS[x] from Merton to Gilda KuhlmanI am returning the sketch for the title page. It is quite good, and I will readily go along with it  Merton's concern over the title page being crowded and prefers no sketch, just title
11961/10/09 TLSto MertonThank you so much for several recent letters, but first, while it is fresh in my mind, let me say   
11961/10/18 (#01)TLSto MertonI was glad to hear from Gilda that you had been giving her some very helpful counsel in the matter   
11961/10/18 (#02)TAL[x]to MertonThe <u>ND 17</u> is finally ready, and will be officially published on November 30th, but I must   
11961/10/24 TLS[x]from MertonThis letter is overdue and there are a thousand things to say. Shooting all over the targetYes [Cooper #93]
11961/10/30 TLS[x]from MertonAn idea has occurred to me for a ND paperback for next spring, on Peace. It could be a kindYes [Cooper #94]
11961/10/31 (#01)HLSto MertonMy pal Walter Hasenclever in Stuttgart has sent through this dope on the Kohlhammer edition   
11961/10/31 (#02)TLSto MertonThanks so much for your good letter of October 24th, with the most interesting piece about defense   
11961/11/01 TLSto MertonYours of the 30th just reached me, and I type this homecooked, midnight-oiled line to let you know   
11961/11/03 TLSto MertonAs I home-typed to you last night, I'm most enthusiastic about your idea of a little paperbackYes [Cooper #95]
11961/11/06 TLS[x]from MertonAll right, here is the idea about the paperback. I already have at hand several articles which I am  possible essays for paperback on peace, including those by Jerome Frank, Erich Fromm, Lewis Mumford, Ned O'Gorman, Harrison Brown and James Real, Walter Millis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Paul Tillich
11961/11/07 HLS[x]from MertonHere is the Clement of Alexandria. The mimeograph is unsatisfactory and the typist did not   
11961/11/08 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonI agree with everything in your longer letter about the paperback. By all means get in touch  book on Gandhi / peace book possibly using title of Lewis Mumford article, "Human Way Out" / Hayden Carruth book
11961/11/08 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonI made a mistake this morning when I wrote you that Schocken Books had done a paperback containing  use of some material on Gandhi
11961/11/10 TALS[x]from MertonI am sending you herewith the wonderful little book of poems written by Ernesto Cardenal  "Elegy for James Thurber" - possibility of Denise Levertov publishing it in <u>The Nation</u> / Gandhi
11961/11/11 (#01)TLS[x]from Merton"Armistice" Day, as they still call it here, seems a good day to get going on our Peace paperback.  involving W. H. Ferry in peace paperback / Lewis Mumford - "A Human Way Out"
11961/11/11 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonHere is the Lewis Mumford piece about which I spoke to you, as a possibility for the Paperback.  "A Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra Concerning Giants" being published in Mexico and Nicaragua - still wanting to track down other Nicaraguan poets / Meister Eckhart / pamphlet by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara on United States foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union
11961/11/15 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your note of the 8th, reporting that the Gandhi text which has been used in the   
11961/11/17 HLSto MertonThe Mumford is great. It is "Lincolnesque." The style gives the conviction. Ferry is back   
11961/11/21 (#01)TLSto MertonEnclosed is copy of a letter just received from Ferry, which is helpful, but I am distressed that he   
11961/11/21 (#02)TLS[x]from Ferry, W. H.I didn't let you know about my New York visit because I didn't plan to stop over until my last day   
11961/11/22 TALS[x]from MertonVery fine bibble. Have no complaints or additions or anything. I will get to the page about   
11961/11/25 TALS[x]from MertonHave not yet received the dictated letter you spoke of with copy of letter from Ferry. Has it goneYes [Cooper #96]
11961/11/27 (#01)TL[x]to MertonIn a recent letter from Henry Miller to Bob, Henry speaks very warmly of you, as he always does,  Laughlin quotes Henry Miller, "I feel closer to him [Merton], his way of thinking, than any American writer I know of." - Miller recommends to Merton books by Erich Gutkind, <i>The Absolute Collective</i> and <i>Choose Life</i>
11961/11/27 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonYour letter and the copy of Ferry's letter came today. Good news: Lewis Mumford has written a very  Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr / Gordon Zahn / Erich Fromm's article in <u>Liberation</u>, "Pathology of the Cold War" / C. Wright Mills / Norman Cousins
11961/11/27 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonYour letter and the copy of Ferry's letter came today. Good news: Lewis Mumford has written a very  Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr / Gordon Zahn / Erich Fromm's article in <u>Liberation</u>, "Pathology of the Cold War" / C. Wright Mills / Norman Cousins
11961/12/01 TLS[x]from MertonCarey McWilliams wrote suggesting I do an article for him. I thought I would try a review articleYes [Cooper #97]
11961/12/01 TL[x]to MertonHave been reading the paperback stuff most of the day, so can hardly report myself as cheerful,  Ned O'Gorman / article by Roger Hagan of Harvard published in <u>The Nation</u>
11961/12/06 (#01)TALSto MertonThanks so much for your good letters of November 25th and 27th. Also the little note about the   
11961/12/06 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI had not realized that I was supposed to send the copy of the Gerrard Piel article to you,  [enclosed with 1961/12/06[1] letter - see "Ferry, Wilbur H." file for copy of the original]
11961/12/09 TALS[x]from MertonGreat news. The Merlin Press has come through with permission for the English Book on Nuclear  authors and articles to include for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> book about nuclear war
11961/12/10 HLSto MertonWill write properly in the morning. Just wanted to get these into the mail to you tonight.   
11961/12/12 TLSto MertonMany thanks for sending me your most attractive little Loretto pamphlet. It is very nicely done,   
11961/12/15 TALS[x]from MertonI have two new ideas about the paperpack [sic], which I think should be called THE MORALS OFYes [Cooper #98]
11961/12/16 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the chapter of the book by Gordon Zahn. He is talking about the way the German Catholic  censorship trouble with "Peace, Christian Duties [and Perspectives]" / predicting trouble with censorship for <i>Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander</i> - idea of privately mimeographing materials and distributing them - sending "Conjectures" to Ping Ferry to copy and distribute - "A Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra Concerning Giants"
11961/12/19 HLS[x]from MertonThanks for the latest items. I am still having trouble with the censor but it is possible that  Dom James Fox helping to get peace article past censors / James Newman letter / "The Human Way Out" / getting <i>Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander</i> censored for England
11961/12/21 (#01)TLSto MertonThank you so much for your good letter of December 15th, with the most interesting enclosures.   
11961/12/21 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonTwo new things from Ferry. Both excellent for the book. 1 "Very Improbable President" by Hallock  "The Very Improbable President" by Hallock Hoffman / W. H. Ferry, February 14, 1961, "Present policies and the major powers" / War/Peace Report, December 1961
11961/12/27 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your good letters of December 16th and 19th, and also for the carbon of Gordon   
11961/12/31 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your last letter. I will be eagerly expecting you on the 15th, and we will go over allYes [Cooper #99]
11961/no/no? (#01)TLS[x]from MertonI just got a letter from Erich Fromm, a very good letter too. He wants to be in the book,  civic defense and fallout shelters / Rollo May / Gerard Piel
11961/no/no? (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI am rushing this list back to you. Thanks very much for it. Thanks also for the Seven Mystics   
11962/01/09 TLS[x]from MertonAm looking forward to seeing you next Monday. Hope everything works out.  "Peace : Christian Duties and Perspectives" (or "Peace : Christian Duties and Responsibilities") / Gordon Zahn and <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / Pablo Antonio Cuadra's reply to letter
11962/01/20 HLS[x]from MertonA man called Allan Forbes Jr. has sent in a hair raising essay on the arms race, it is the best yet.  [second page is a handwritten, revised list of essays to include for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i>]
11962/01/22 TL[x] from Rissin, Rhoda / to MertonThe enclosed copy of letter from Gerard Piel at "Scientific American" about his article did not  forwarding letter to Merton and Laughlin from Gerard Piel
11962/01/29 TLS[x]from MertonHere are two things. First the Forbes ms of which I spoke in my last letter. In this I suggest we  censorship of <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / Gandhi book
11962/01/31 HLS[x]from MertonHere are two copies of the essay by Herbert Butterfield which I think is really excellent   
11962/02/06 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the Peace article revised and unfortunately quite a lot lengthened. Since it had got  pieces for peace anthology from Karl Stern and Erich Fromm / Catholic Worker and civil disobedience at Atomic Energy Commission sites / Douglas Steere's visit to Gethsemani
11962/02/07 TALS[x]from MertonJust heard a couple of things that need to be told you right away about the Peace book and related  Walter Stein / Lewis Mumford / Erich Fromm / Karl Stern - on John McCone's possible appointment as head the CIA / Claude Fredericks and "Good Samaritan"
11962/02/14 TLSto MertonI'm sorry to have left you hanging in the air, so to speak, so many days, while I was getting back   
11962/02/15 TLSto MertonYesterday was one of those days again, when there wasn't much steam in the old boiler,   
11962/02/19 (#01)TLSto MertonHere is a rather interesting piece, by Dr. Sanford Gifford up at Harvard Medical School, that caught   
11962/02/19 (#02)TLSto MertonDid Ping send you a copy of the Donald N. Michael pamphlet on "Cybernation"? It is very interesting   
11962/02/20 HLS[x]from MertonI will write a decent reply to your good letters when I get a chance. I'm sending this off pronto.  sending letter from Sr. M. Irmã Emmanuel de Souza e Silva from Petropolis, Brazil
11962/02/22 HLS[x]from MertonThe Fromm article is in an offprint from the Commentary which includes one by H. Kahn which I am  Erich Fromm and Herman Kahn article, "A Debate on Civil Defense"
11962/02/25 HPCSto MertonMany thanks for revised Clement. Am shooting it right on to Mardersteig. J.  [verso: color print of a painting of Dierick Bouts, "Die Anbetung Der Könige", Munich, Germany]
11962/02/28 TL[x]to MertonI believe that Dagmar Henne, the very good agent in Munich, sent you a copy of her letter to me   
11962/03/02 (#01)TL[c]to Harris, Leonard R.Thank you so much for your letter of February 28th. I know that Father Merton will share my great  [Laughlin writes to Leonard R. Harris of Channel Press in Manhasset, New York - carbon copy to Merton]
11962/03/02 (#02)TL[c]from Harris, Leonard R.Thank you so much for your letter of February 28th. I know that Father Merton will share my great  [from Leonard R. Harris of Channel Press in Manhasset, New York - originally dated 1962/02/28 - mimeograph sent to Merton]
11962/03/04 TLS[x]from MertonI am glad you got the Butterfield article straightened out and that we can use it. The censor hasYes [Cooper #100]
11962/03/06 (#01)TALSto MertonI thought it might be a good idea to do some copyediting on the text of "Clement" before we sent it   
11962/03/06 (#02)HLSfrom Mumford, LewisI had meant to write you long before this and I apologize for my delay. I am delighted that you'd  [mimeographed copy of Mumford's 1962/03/02 letter to Laughlin - sent to Merton]
11962/03/06 (#03)TL[x]to MertonI'm sorry to have dropped into silence for several days again. I had rather a nasty bout of sinus,  Erich Fromm's rebuttal of Herman Kahn for possible inclusion in <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> - Lewis Mumford's "Morals of Extermination"
11962/03/12 TLS[x]from MertonJust a note to say that it is ok about the royalties of Bomb the way you had them lined up, for me  Alan Forbes / W. H. Ferry's visit - to bring Scott Buchanan
11962/03/13 (#01)TLSto MertonThis is the continuation of my reply to your good letter of March 4th. Did you received the text of   
11962/03/13 (#02)TALSto MertonThat is good news that the censors have passed your preface. I hope they won't tie us up by wanting   
11962/03/13 (#03)HNto MertonAt an average of 360 words to the page. A 256 pp book (4- 64's) = 246 *pp of text = about 88,000   
11962/03/13 (#04)TL[c]to Fromm, ErichThank you so much for your good letter of February 22nd, and for the copies, sent both to me   
11962/03/16 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the lineup on the HUMAN WAY OUT. I am glad we can get moving on it and that everythingYes [Cooper #101]
11962/03/28 TLSto MertonI did not reply to your letters about the suggested cuts on the anthology, because just at thatYes [Cooper #102]
11962/03/29 TL[x]to MertonHugh Johnston, the very able sales manager down at Lippincott, has been discussing the peace  need for a better title for the book (later titled <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i>) than "The Human Way Out", should include peace
11962/03/31 TALS[x]from MertonI wrote to Frank Sheed, the President of Sheed and Ward, about the permissions on the Stein book.  Hayden Carruth / Denise Levertov
11962/03/no other[x] <u>THOMAS MERTON ROYALTY REPORT</u> [-] Period Covered: 7/1/61-12/31/61. [-] BEHAVIOR  [mimeographed list of Merton's books and royalties paid]
11962/04/02 HLS[x]from MertonI will send this to the N.Y. office in case you are there. First as I said in my letter to Norfolk,  censors approval of <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i>
11962/04/04 TLSto MertonMany thanks for yours of March 31st which I found on getting back to Norfolk. That's great that you   
11962/04/07 TALS[x]from MertonI am shooting the essay back to you with some changes. I did not manage to shorten it much after  thinks "Breakthrough for Peace" a good title
11962/04/10 TLSto MertonI imagine that Ferry must be down there by now and I hope it is turning out to be a very successful   
11962/04/11 (#01)TLSto MertonA long phone conversation this morning with the permissions lady at Sheed &amp; Ward.   
11962/04/11 (#02)TL[c]to Hammer, VictorFather Merton kindly sent along to me your copy of the very interesting Cavalletti "Immagini  [carbon copy to Merton]
11962/04/12 (#01)TLSto MertonAs you can see from this letter I have just written to the sales manager at Lippincott, I am very   
11962/04/12 (#02)TL[c]to Johnson, Hubert A.I am much perplexed. It is now over three weeks past the publication date of "Original Child Bomb,"  [carbon copy to Merton]
11962/04/12 (#03)TLSto MertonThe word this morning from the lady at Sheed &amp; Ward (Miss Wijnhausen) is that we may only use   
11962/04/12 (#04)TLS[x]from Stein, WalterThank you very much for your letter of the 27th. The news, from Sheed &amp; Ward, is most   
11962/04/12 (#05)TLSto MertonI have now had a chance to go over the list for the anthology, on the assumption that you will wish   
11962/04/12 (#06)TLS[x]to Eve, MartinI have heard about Sheed &amp; Ward's refusal to allow Anthology rights and I am taking this up  [Martin Eve was with the Merlin Press in London - mimeograph sent to Merton - original letter dated 1962/03/30]
11962/04/13 TL[x]to MertonI've just had a very encouraging telephone conversation with Norman Cousins at the "Saturday Review.  Norman Cousins - interest in running "Original Child Bomb in <u>The Saturday Review</u>
11962/04/15 TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all about the anthology. Ok if it has to be six thousand words from the Stein article  Norman K. Gottwald of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts - American Protestant perspective for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / Merton against high publicity for "Original Child Bomb" - praise for poem by Congressman Frank Kowalski
11962/04/17 (#01)HLS[x]from MertonI got your letter about Norman Cousins - and all the 4 copies too. I am sending them back   
11962/04/17 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonHere are some notes for the blurbs. They are of course very hasty and need a lot of reworking   
11962/04/24 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for several recent letters and bless you for those roughs for the blurbs.  Norman K. Gottwald / politics of using "Original Child Bomb" - sent to bulletin of atomic scientists / Leo Szilard / prayer for Congressman Kowalski / W. H. Ferry's visit to Gethsemani and meeting with Laughlin
11962/04/26 TL[x]to MertonOne thing that we need to decide very quickly now is the sub-title for "Breakthrough to Peace."  subtitle for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i>
11962/04/27 TL[x]to MertonHow does this strike you for possible copy for the ads on the "Bomb"? What YOU can do about  proposed advertisement copy for "Original Child Bomb"
11962/04/28 TLS[x]from MertonI am sending back the inserts sent by Stein. If we are making the cuts that were suggested, I don'tYes [Cooper #103]
11962/05/01 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for all the letters, clippings and so on. I hope we have finally got squared away on allYes [Cooper #104 - copied from photocopy at Dartmouth College]
11962/05/02 (#01)HNSto MertonLong talk with Kowalski on the phone. He sounds like a fine young man. The Conn Democratic powers   
11962/05/02 (#02)TL[c]to Miller, DavidI enclose herewith check in the amount of $250.00 to order of "Committee for Kowalski for U. S.  [to David Miller of Meriden, Connecticut - carbon copies to Merton and W. H. Ferry]
11962/05/02 (#03)HNSto MertonGottwald took a week to answer. I'll report further when we get a page count from actual galleys   
11962/05/02 (#04)TLS[x]from Gottwald, Norman K.Thank you for your recent letter with the proposed condensation of my lecture. I have thought  [from Norman K. Gottwald of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts - originally dated 1962/04/27 to Laughlin - mimeograph copy to Merton]
11962/05/02 (#05)TL[c]to Gottwald, Norman K.Thank you so much for your good letter of April 27th. I certainly sympathize with your decision  [to Norman K. Gottwald of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts - carbon copy to Merton]
11962/05/03 HLS[x]from MertonI ran across this quote from Einstein again and want to get it to you before I forget.Yes [Cooper #105]
11962/05/03 (#01)HLSto MertonPlease rush back to me at NYC office. Your essay will come next week. Hope you can keep changes   
11962/05/03 (#02)TL[c]to Johnson, Hubert A.Thank you so much for your good letter of April 30th. I know how busy you are down there  [to Hubert Johnson of J. B. Lippincott - carbon copy to Merton]
11962/05/04 (#01)TLSto MertonThanks so much for your good letter of May 1st, but of course I am terribly sorry to hear about   
11962/05/04 (#02)other "Reading Original Child Bomb is a chilling and a shattering experience, recalling to me the sight  [quote by U.S. Representative Frank Kowalski, a former military governor of the Prefecture of Hiroshima]
11962/05/09 (#01)TLSto MertonThe last batch of galleys on "Breakthrough" came in last night and I did a careful castoff on what   
11962/05/09 (#02)TLS[x]from Manager, Editorial SudamericanaWe must sincerely apologize for not having answered your letter dated January 29.  [from the Manager of Editorial Sudamericana to Laughlin - mimeograph to Merton]
11962/05/10 TLS[x]from MertonHere are the proofs. I have cut a few passages, sentences here and there, in the belief that thisYes [Cooper #106]
11962/05/17 TLSto MertonWe are just back from the sales conference with the Lippincott salesmen in Philadelphia.   
11962/05/18 TL[x]to MertonIs this blurb for the back of "Clement" all right? It is based on the notes you were good enough  "Clement of Alexandria. Selections from the Protreptikos." / radio on-air reading of Merton's poem "Original Child Bomb" on WBAI in New York
11962/05/19 HLS[x]from MertonFrankly I think the title "A Book for Peace" is just no good. It won't do. There has to be more   
11962/05/20 HLS[x]from MertonIn my letter to the office I said I did not like the title - a <u>Book for Peace</u>. And I prefer  title for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / asking for books - C. Moore and K. Spencer's <i>Electronics</i>, Katherine Anne Porter's <i>Ship of Fools</i>, and C. Wright Mills' <i>Listen, Yankee</i> / writing to Robert MacGregor concerning seeing the Tibetan monks in New Jersey
11962/05/21 TLS[x]from MertonI am sending off the blurb to Mardersteig pronto, made one change, said Clement of Alexandria is the  recommends book sent by Ping Ferry, <i>Hello, Stupid!</i> by A. L. Kitselman / ideas for title for <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i>
11962/05/22 TL[x]to MertonDo you know this wonderful "Book of Signs" drawn by Rudolph Koch? We still need a "decorative spot"   
11962/05/23 TLSto MertonThanks for your letters of the 19th and the 21st, which seem to have arrived the same day.   
11962/05/27 TL[x]to MertonToiling on the Sabbath, but I guess it's a good cause. Here is the blurb copy for catalogue   
11962/05/28 TL[x]to MertonThe proofs of "Clement" have just come in from Mardersteig, and aren't they beautiful? He really is   
11962/05/30 TLSfrom MertonI haven't had time to write a decent letter for the last few days but there are a few things thatYes [Cooper #107]
11962/06/01 TLS[x]from MertonHere are the proofs from Mardersteig. You are right, they are beautiful indeed. I am very happy   
11962/06/05 TL[x]to MertonThanks so much for your letter of June 1st, with prompt return of the "Clement" proofs, and so few  sent to Merton, Katherine Ann Porter's <i>Ship of Fools</i> / Merton's poem "A Picture of Lee Ying"
11962/06/20 TL[x]to MertonThat's a fine piece that you have in the most recent number of the "Catholic Worker."   
11962/06/20 TL[x]to MertonThat's a fine piece that you have in the most recent number of the "Catholic Worker."   
11962/06/22 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonOk about Burns' idea for Clement as a Christmas giveaway. I wrote and told him this would be all  thoughts on Katherine Anne Porter's <i>Ship of Fools</i>
11962/06/22 (#02)HPCS[x]from MertonAs I wrote in letter to Norfolk - Burns' idea for a give away (of Clement) is ok with me. In Xt Tom   
11962/07/09 TALS[x]from MertonThis is an idea I have had on my mind for a week or two, and I thought I would pass it along.  idea for a book combining all of <i>The Behavior of Titans</i> and "A Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra Concerning Giants", "The Tower of Babel", "Hagia Sophia", "Original Child Bomb", "Ox Mountain Parable" and selections from <i>Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander</i>
11962/07/13 TLS[x]from Pearce, Donald J.I have just read in <u>Library Journal</u> (1 June, page 2151) Mr. McDonald's review of Thomas  [from Donald Pearce, Head Librarian of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks - mimeograph to Merton]
11962/07/18 TLS[x]from MertonI just got the Texas Quarterly with the Durrenmatt in it which I will read pronto with joy.  finding magazine for "Song for the Death of Averroes" / Henry Miller sent Merton a literary magazine published by English Carmelite Friars
11962/07/19 (#01)TL[c]to Pearce, Donald J.Thank you so much for your extremely interesting letter of July 13th about Father Merton's  [to Donald Pearce, Head Librarian of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks - carbon copy to Merton]
11962/07/19 (#02)other ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB - Trade ed. [-] Sales Returns Free [-] March 4594  [monthly sales figures for the trade edition and limited edition of "Original Child Bomb"]
11962/07/20 TLSto MertonSorry not to have gotten back to you sooner on your good letter of July 9th. Rhoda was away for her   
11962/07/30 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI just got through writing to Bob and I typed out a list of things that would be in the paperbackYes [Cooper #108]
11962/07/30 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI just got through writing to Bob and I typed out a list of things that would be in the paperbackYes [Cooper #108]
11962/07/30? (#03)other[x]from MertonEmblems from a Season of Fury [-] Song if you seek (Accent) [-] The Moslem's Angel of Death  [draft table of contents with title handwritten and source of prior publication added in parentheses)
11962/07/31 transcript from Merton to Ping FerryGreat letter of yours to the Sta Barbara News Press, on the Everyman I case! Very clear,  "Committee for Correspondence" / sending mimeographs of "Peace in the Post-Christian Era"
11962/08/09 TL[x]to MertonSomething pretty awful has happened--a cruel blow of fate, or is chance, so to speak.  printing error will cause delay in release of <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / gift copies of <i>Clement of Alexandria</i> / "Song for the Death of Averroes" accepted by <u>Texas Quarterly</u> / Joseph Delteil's book on St. Francis of Assisi
11962/08/16 HLS[x]from MertonYes I have the H. Miller books; they got here with a brief delay. The <u>Wisdom of the Heart</u> isYes [Cooper #109]
11962/09/05 TLSto MertonVictor just sent me a copy of the HAGIA SOFIA and it certainly is a beautiful thing, both book   
11962/09/07 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your note and for the books. I found them perfectly all right, and I am glad we did not  review copies of new book to Henry Miller, Mark Van Doren, Ed Rice, Naomi Burton, Bob Lax, and the "Catlick magazines" - <u>America</u>, <u>Jubilee</u>, <u>Ave Maria</u>, <u>Commonweal</u>, <u>Catholic World</u> / Merton reading Henry Miller's <i>Wisdom of the Heart</i> / David Lutyens, poet (David Bulwer Lutyens)
11962/09/11 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your good letter of September 7th. That's wonderful news that you got such  distribution of <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> - "get it around fast, and not care too much whether we take in the shekels. After all, the shekels aren't going to do any of us much good if we all get blown up." / request from Messiah College to broadcast "Original Child Bomb on radio / death of e. e. cummings
11962/09/14 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the good letter of the 11th. I will look forward to getting the extra copies   
11962/09/21 HLS[x]from MertonFor a long time I have been meaning to get these translations down. I am sending them to you  ideas for <i>New Directions in Prose and Poetry 18</i> - proposes biography by Merton of Alfonso Cortés with Merton's translations of some of his poems, "Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra Concerning Giants", and "Hagia Sophia"
11962/09/28 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your note of September 21st, enclosing the very nice translations of ten   
11962/11/02 TLS[x]from MertonIt is ages since I have written and I don't know what I have not said that I ought to have said.Yes [Cooper #110]
11962/11/08 TLSto MertonI have just come from a little visit with the Hammers. It seems that they had a perfectly marvelous   
11962/11/22 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your long letter, for the promotion of Breakthrough, and everything.  poem "Gloss on the Sin of Ixion" passed censors / trouble with censor for French translation of <i>New Seeds of Contemplation</i>
11962/11/26 TL[x]to MertonThis is dictated from out in Utah, where I have stopped off to see our new ski lift--which really isYes [Cooper #111]
11962/12/04 (#01)TL[c]from MertonVictor and Carolyn were over yesterday and we had a fine visit, sitting up by the lake. We evenYes [Cooper #112]
11962/12/04 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonVictor and Carolyn were over yesterday and we had a fine visit, sitting up by the lake. We evenYes [Cooper #112]
11962/12/06 TL[x]to MertonPlease forgive my delay in thanking you for your good letter of November 22nd.   
11962/12/08 HLS[x]from MertonHere is a poem that was on that list, but which you had not yet seen. Hope you like it –  translation of fragments from the 12th century [Dialogues I, by Anselm of Havelberg?] / Cuban poet Cintio Vitier / asking for new book on the seven deadly sins
11962/12/18 TLSto MertonSorry not to have gotten back to you sooner on your most interesting letter of December 4th.   
11962/no/no TLS[x] from Merton to Artists and Writers for HughesIn reply to your request I am sending three small things which may be of some use in an auction  [to Artists and Writers for Hughes regarding the run of H. Stuart Hughes for United States Senator of Massachusetts on an Independent ticket in 1962]
11963/01/11 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst of all, I am sorry for not responding more quickly about the books on peace. I suppose I waitYes [Cooper #113]
11963/01/11 (#02)other NEW POEMS for book, end of 1963 or early 1964 [-] ( just listed at random) [-] 1 Poems: Song,   
11963/01/29 TL[x]to MertonThanks so much for your fine letter of January 11th, which reached me down in Grenada on the 21st,   
11963/02/01 TL[x]to MertonBack again from the Fabled Isles to Stern Connecticut and I must say that I prefer the brisk airs   
11963/02/04 HLS[x]from MertonI thought you might like to see this letter from one of my Chinese scholar friends, about Clement.   
11963/02/08 (#01)TL[c]from MertonAbout the title: I'd still like to use the EMBLEMS one. I like the word emblems in this connectionYes [Cooper #114]
11963/02/08 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonAbout the title: I'd still like to use the EMBLEMS one. I like the word emblems in this connectionYes [Cooper #114]
11963/02/08 (#03)other EMBLEMS OF A SEASON OF FURY. [-] Thomas Merton has said that the twentieth century man who   
11963/02/18 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your recent letters, but, first, while I think of it, Raja Rao is in New York now,   
11963/02/19 TLSto MertonDavid and Rhoda and I have just been going over the material that has been assembled for the new   
11963/02/21 TL[c]from MertonI am trying to clean up a few last things about the book. Let's first settle for the title:   
11963/03/09 TLS[x]from MertonOne thing I should have mentioned in a past letter and forgot: about Beecher and Chuang Tzu:  where to publish Alfonso Cortés translations / Ernesto Cardenal material / Henry Miller's feedback on <i>A Thomas Merton Reader</i>
11963/03/19 TL[x]to MertonThank you so much for your two recent letters, with enclosures. I passed along the poems to David  John Beecher and expectations for book on Chuang Tzu / death of William Carlos Williams / recommends to Merton <i>Ask at the Unicorn</i> by Norman Thomas, and <i>Serpent and Rope</i> by Raja Rao
11963/03/26 TL[x]to MertonYou and Rhoda may already have worked this out, but it occurred to me to ask you to give her   
11963/03/28 TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the Norman Thomas book. I will read it with pleasure and tell you what I think.Yes [Cooper #115]
11963/04/19 TALSto MertonSorry not to have gotten back to you sooner on your good letter of March 28th. It came in just as   
11963/04/21 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonWhere are you? You can't be skiing now. It is as hot as summer here, and we certainly have hadYes [Cooper #116]
11963/04/26 TLS[x]from MertonRhoda said she sent the blurb up to you at Norfolk, so I hope you have it and that it is all right.Yes [Cooper #117]
11963/04/26 (#02)TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of April 21st with enclosure of the wonderful blurb for "Emblems."   
11963/05/06 TLSto MertonThanks so much for your good letter of April 26th. As you can see, I am still a bit behind,   
11963/05/09 TL[x]to MertonI think that we have just found what I hope you will agree is a wonderful photograph of a piece  suggests steel sculpture art , "Manes Flayed No. 2", by Elio Martinelli from New York / death of William Carlos Williams and his <i>Pictures from Brueghel</i>
11963/05/11 TALS[x]from MertonBoy, were you ever right in that intuition about the tormented metal. This is magnificent. Wham,Yes [Cooper #118]
11963/06/01 HLS[x]from MertonHere are some copies of a new poem. In fact two new poems. The Birmingham one is not yet censored  interest in sending poem "And the Children of Birmingham" to <u>Partisan Review</u>
11963/06/03 HNS[x]from MertonCortes is Nicaraguan — as also Cardenal and Cuadra. Best wishes – Tom.  Nicaraguan poets Alfonso Cortés, Ernesto Cardenal and Pablo Antonio Cuadra
11963/06/12 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for the copies of the two new poems, both of which are fine, especially the oneYes [Cooper #119]
11963/06/14 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter: you are probably right about not sending the Birmingham poem to the PR.Yes [Cooper #120]
11963/06/27 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of June 14th. I really think it would be a coup to get  sending poem "And the Children of Birmingham" to <u>New York Times Magazine</u> or <u>The Saturday Review</u> / Carolyn Hammer and meeting with Merton / Merton's honorary degree and the Pax Peace Medal / Henry Miller / Erica Gutkind
11963/07/19 TLS[x]from MertonWord has come from the censor that the Birmingham Poem is clear, so you can go right ahead with itYes [Cooper #121]
11963/07/22 TL[x]to MertonA letter just in from John Ciardi, written from Milwaukee where he is vacationing, which says:  John Ciardi from <u>Saturday Review</u> cites a phrase from a poem of Merton's echoed e. e. cummings - Laughlin asks if an intentional use or whether he should change it
11963/07/25 HLS[x]from MertonAbout the Bible quote: "God does not want the death of the sinner but rather that he be converted   
11963/08/12 TLS[x]from MertonGot your letter from Virginia about the proofs, but do not have the proofs myself yet, so I will  translations for publication of Ernesto Cardenal, Cesar Vallejo and Alfonso Cortés / Norman Cousin's positive feedback on poem "And the Children of Birmingham" (poem published in <u>Saturday Review</u>) / long essay on race issue for <u>Ramparts</u> magazine
11963/08/17 TLS[x]from MertonI sent the galleys back to the NY office yesterday. Some of the poems were, I found, not according  add subtitle "Inscription for a child's drawing" to poem "Grace's House" for clarity / long poem in progress, "Early Legend"
11963/08/21 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your note of August 12th, with answers to various points in the book,  La Grande Chartreuse - Guiges du Pont - Dom Denys [Denys Rackley?] / <u>The Saturday Review</u> liked "Gloss on the Sin of Ixion"
11963/08/26 TLS[x]from MertonThis text sounds very exciting but I do not think it is for you. Probably one of the University  suggestion of switching to another work , "Guigo the Carthusian"
11963/09/03 TLSto MertonThank you so much for going over the proofs the second time. We followed up, as you requested   
11963/09/05 (#01)TL[c]from MertonAbout those translator's royalties: yet, I think the best thing is to go ahead and make them allYes [Cooper #122]
11963/09/05 (#02)TL[x]to MertonBecause we can't get very much copy on the back of the paperback, without crowding it so it looks   
11963/09/12 TL[x]to MertonRhoda and David were just asking me about the censorship lines for "Emblems."   
11963/09/13 (#01)HLSto MertonThis just came in from Pauling. Any reply? Many thanks for your fine letter - I'll fix up the   
11963/09/13 (#02)TL[x]from Pauling, LinusI regret that my absence from Pasadena in May 1962, when your letter arrived, and some circumstances  [mimeograph to Merton - original letter to Laughlin dated 1963/09/10]
11963/09/13 (#03)HLS[x]from MertonI am still in the hospital but am going home today, not that everything is cured, but I will  Merton's medical problem related to a cervical disk / idea for another Robert Speaight recording of Merton's poem with new material
11963/09/14 HLS[x]from MertonI am in hospital with bad shoulder and back, maybe a disk. On the censorship thing - just put   
11963/09/25 HLS[x]from MertonI am not in the hospital but am going home today, not that everything is cured, but I will continue  idea by Robert MacGregor for a new audio collection of poems recorded by Robert Speaight
11963/09/26 HLS[x]from MertonHere are a couple of poems. I do not think you have seen either. Do you want to try them out  sending "A Baroque Gravure (from a 17th century book of piety)"
11963/10/01 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI don't know how well I am going to be able to type, but I can try it out. Got your letter about   
11963/10/01 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI don't know how well I am going to be able to type, but I can try it out. Got your letter about   
11963/10/02 TLSto MertonI was sorry indeed to hear that you had been having trouble with your back, so bad that you had   
11963/10/11 (#01)TLSto MertonI have now managed to get caught up with those new things that you were good enough to sendYes [Cooper #123]
11963/10/11 (#02)TLSto MertonWhen I wrote yesterday, I think I forgot to acknowledge your letter of October 1st. Thanks ever so   
11963/10/15 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonI am shooting the contracts along to Fr Abbot. As to the Clement contract, ok whenever you areYes [Cooper #124]
11963/10/15 (#02)HNS[x]from MertonI thought you might want copies of this thing. The presentation is Oct. 20, I think. A MonsignorYes  
11963/10/15 (#03)other[x]from MertonFirst I want to thank you most sincerely for the honor you have bestowed on me in awarding me this  ["In Acceptance of the Pax Medal - 1963"]
11963/10/16 TL[x]to MertonRhoda reports that "Commonweal" has taken your "A Baroque Gravure" poem, and they have sent along   
11963/11/26 TAL[c]from MertonHere is a copy of a letter to a Brazilian publisher who is interested in my part of Breakthrough.Yes [Cooper #125]
11963/12/07 TAL[c]from MertonThe copy of <u>Nausee</u> reached me thismorning [sic]. Many thanks. I will get it bound here,Yes [Cooper #126]
11963/12/09 TLSto MertonI feel awful to have let such a long time go by without writing you. Things have just been   
11963/12/13 TLS[x]from MertonThanks very much for your letter. It was good to hear from you. I hope the snow in Utah met your  poems "The Early Legend" and piece on Eichmann / answers for Miguel Grinberg / Linus Pauling
11963/12/30 TLSto MertonSorry not to have answered sooner your good letter of December 7th. First I was out in Alta,   
11964/01/06 (#01)HNSto MertonJust for your files. Sorry I didn't get these letters written sooner. Best! J  [note written on business card - 5 enclosed carbon copies of letters of the same date to different correspondents (see next records)]
11964/01/06 (#02)TL[c]to Cardenal, ErnestoI am pleased to report that Father Merton's new book of poems, "Emblems of a Season of Fury,"  [to Ernesto Cardenal at the Seminario de Cristo Sacerdote in La Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/01/06 (#03)TL[c]to Cuadra, Pablo AntonioUnder separate cover I take pleasure in sending you two copies of Father Merton's new book of poems,  [to Pablo Antonio Cuadra in Managua, Nicaragua - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/01/06 (#04)TL[c]to Cultural Attaché for Peru in the U.S.Under separate cover I take pleasure in sending you a copy of a book which we have recently  [to the Cultural Attaché at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C. - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/01/06 (#05)TL[c]to Maritain, JacquesUnder separate cover I take pleasure in sending you two copies of "Emblems of a Season of Fury"  [to Jacques Maritain at the Ecole Theologique de la Fraternité in Toulouse, France - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/01/06 (#06)TL[c]to Andrade, Jorge CarreraUnder separate cover I take pleasure in sending you two copies of a new book by Father Merton which  [to Jorge Carrera Andrade, Ecuadorian ambassador to Venezuela and living in Caracas - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/01/24 TL[x]to MertonIt occurred to me that you might like to see, and perhaps Father Abbot would too, some samples   
11964/02/13 TLS[x]from MertonJust a short letter. Old back acting up, lousy raw weather, can't type much. Mainly I want to sendYes [Cooper #127]
11964/02/17 TL[x]to MertonSorry not to have written for so long, but I've really been up to my neck. The annual nightmare  widow of Cesar Vallejo and permissions for <i>Emblems of a Season of Fury</i> - book on Vallejo by Xavier Abril / Gordon Zahn - Catholic Church public relations regarding the play, "The Deputy" by Rolf Hochhuth's "The Deputy"
11964/02/24 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of February 13th, with all the fascinating enclosures.   
11964/02/27 TLS[x]from MertonJust a quick note. I am getting a touch of 'flu and feel a little washed out.Yes [Cooper #128]
11964/03/05 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of February 27th. I'm glad to hear that your back is a little bit   
11964/03/20 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonMany thanks for Miller's <u>Hummingbird</u> which reached me and which I have begun. As usualYes [Cooper #129]
11964/03/20 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for Miller's <u>Hummingbird</u> which reached me and which I have begun. As usualYes [Cooper #129]
11964/03/24 HLS[x] from Fergesen, Max / to Miss CampbellThank you very much for giving me the opportunity of reading "Original Child Bomb." It arrived  [Max Fergusen(sp?) writes from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)]
11964/03/30 TL[x]to MertonThank you so much for your good letter of March 20th. I am pleased that various of the books  Henry Miller's philosophy of life / book on Gandhi / Laughlin's daughter in India and meetings with Sikh poets and Vinobha Bhave / poet from Martinique, Aimé Césaire and French-speaking poets of African heritage
11964/04/07 TL[c]to Milosz, CzeslawThank you so much for your note of April 3rd. That is wonderful news that Doubleday is going to do  [to Czeslaw Milosz in Berkeley, California - carbon copy to Merton]
11964/04/15 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonToo bad about the Message and Sat. Review. I suppose it is logical though. Where else? PerhapsYes [Cooper #130]
11964/04/15 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonToo bad about the Message and Sat. Review. I suppose it is logical though. Where else? PerhapsYes [Cooper #130]
11964/04/20 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of April 15th, but I don't like at all what you write   
11964/04/25 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonThe little Gandhi book was suddenly finished and seems to have turned out quite nicely.Yes [Cooper #131 - Laughlin's name written in pen by Merton, no postscript]
11964/04/25 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonThe little Gandhi book was suddenly finished and seems to have turned out quite nicely.Yes [Cooper #131 - handwritten postscript]
11964/04/30 HLSto MertonGreat to get the Gandhi in! I'll hope to read this weekend. And <u>very</u> pleased to hear your   
11964/05/06 TLSto MertonI read the Gandhi stuff over the weekend and was greatly impressed with it. I think that your long   
11964/05/24 TLS[x]from MertonFirst, many thanks for Aime Cesaire. I have the book now and I find it full of good things butYes [Cooper #132]
11964/06/19 TNS[x]from MertonThis is just a note to say that the censors have cleared the Gandhi Introduction.   
11964/06/23 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your card of June 19th. That is good news that the Gandhi introduction has passed   
11964/07/08 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonThanks for the good batch of new books. I went like a bee for "The Very Thing that Happens".Yes [Cooper #133]
11964/07/08 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the good batch of new books. I went like a bee for "The Very Thing that Happens".Yes [Cooper #133]
11964/08/06 TL[x]to MertonI'm sorry not to have written in some weeks. It has been a hard summer, with terrible heat spells  asks for photograph of Merton and Miguel Grinberg for Laughlin's private photo album / John Beecher
11964/08/21 TLS[x]from MertonThe French version of Pessoa arrived today. Many thanks. As soon as I get the Portuguese I hope  Fernando Pessoa
11964/09/17 TLSto MertonI am back from my Európean trip now and trying to get into the habit of work again, which isn't too   
11964/09/19 (#01)TL[c]from MertonGood to hear you are back and that the European trip was a pleasant one. I guess you saw Dagmar  Dagmar Henne / Japanese textbook using <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / <i>Seeds of Destruction</i> / Henry Miller anthology by New Directions / Merton's hand rash that developed from a serious case of poison ivy and going to doctor / Bellarmine Merton collection / art show of his drawing / Fernando Pessoa
11964/09/19 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonGood to hear you are back and that the European trip was a pleasant one. I guess you saw Dagmar  Dagmar Henne / Japanese textbook using <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> / <i>Seeds of Destruction</i> / Henry Miller anthology by New Directions / Merton's hand rash that developed from a serious case of poison ivy and going to doctor / Bellarmine Merton collection / art show of his drawing / Fernando Pessoa
11964/09/23 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonI know your Peruvian poet by name only. Would be very interested to see some more. I have got Pessoa  received Fernando Pessoa poems in Portuguese, but will hold off translations because of upcoming conference of abbots at Gethsemani
11964/09/23 (#02)TL[x]to MertonHere is your royalty report and check for the half year ending June 30th, 1964, on those books where  sending selection of Fernando Pessoa / news that Robert Giroux was made partner at Farrar, Straus
11964/09/29 TLS[x]from MertonThank you so much for your good letter of September 19th. But I was distressed to hear about the   
11964/09/30 TALSto MertonIs it alright if we call the book "Gandhi on Non-Violence" instead of "A Primer of Non-Violence"   
11964/10/01 (#01)TLSto MertonHere is a terribly sad letter which has just come in from the Widow Vallejo. As you can see, she is   
11964/10/01 (#02)TLS[x]from Vallejo, Georgette deMon état de santé ne m'a pas permis de vous écrire dès janvier comme j'aurais dû le faire.   
11964/10/02 (#01)TL[c]from MertonBy all means go ahead with the new title GANDHI ON NONVIOLENCE. The only thing is that youYes [Cooper #134]
11964/10/02 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonBy all means go ahead with the new title GANDHI ON NONVIOLENCE. The only thing is that youYes [Cooper #134]
11964/10/03 TNS[x]from MertonI see what you mean about keeping in touch with people who have their hands on the rights  letter from the widow of Cesar Vallejo and impact on decision to translate Fernando Pessoa
11964/10/27 TLto MertonThis isn't the letter I owe you - things rather swampish around here lately - but just an sos from   
11964/10/no? TLS[x]from MertonAm sending the Gandhi introduction to Lippincott. Was in town and saw the drawings on exhibit  Spalding College art show of Merton's abstract drawings
11964/11/03 TALS[x]from MertonI thought you might like to see this Latin poem I wrote at Victor's request. He said his eyes were  Latin poem for Victor Hammer
11964/11/10 HLSto MertonI have just been talking with nice Sebastian Salazar Bondy, the Peruvian poet, who is here at this   
11964/11/16 TALSto MertonHome again, and glad to be, I didn't really like Mexico City, an inimical place somehow, (perhaps   
11964/11/21 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonThanks for your good letters, especially the one from Yucatan. I was delighted to hear you had runYes [Cooper #135]
11964/11/21 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letters, especially the one from Yucatan. I was delighted to hear you had runYes [Cooper #135]
11964/11/25 TLSto MertonHave you by any chance an extra carbon or copy of your introduction to the Gandhi which you could   
11964/12/08 TLSto MertonThank you so much for sending me the handsome program for your show of drawings in Louisville.   
11964/12/13 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks a lot for your letter of the 8th. I am glad to hear that books of Nicanor Parra will soon beYes [Cooper #136]
11964/12/13 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks a lot for your letter of the 8th. I am glad to hear that books of Nicanor Parra will soon beYes [Cooper #136]
11964/12/21 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your extremely interesting letter of December 13th. I am fifty now too, and I knowYes [Cooper #137]
11965/01/01 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your good letter of the 21st which clears up a lot of points. I agree with theYes [Cooper #138]
11965/01/01 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letter of the 21st which clears up a lot of points. I agree with theYes [Cooper #138]
11965/01/22 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThe drawings are going to New Orleans for February and will be in St Louis in April.   
11965/01/22 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThe drawings are going to New Orleans for February and will be in St Louis in April.   
11965/01/26 TALSto MertonI am only now back from my trip in Europe, which dragged on a bit longer than I had anticipated.   
11965/02/03 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst of all here are some prints of the drawings. They are not any good for reproduction nor doYes [Cooper #139]
11965/02/03 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all here are some prints of the drawings. They are not any good for reproduction nor doYes [Cooper #139]
11965/02/09 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for sending me the autographed copy of "Seeds of Destruction," which I am  sending W. H. Auden books for Merton / winter life at the hermitage / asking if Merton would consider doing a few translations of Nicanor Parra for upcoming English anthology / Naomi Burton Stone - arrangements for Merton's literary executorship / Merton's photographs or drawings for cover / Merton studying Arabic
11965/02/16 TLS[x]from Horrigan, AlfredI am planning to be in New York City from February 24 to March 3. If your schedule permits, I would  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Msgr. Alfred Horrigan, president of Bellarmine College]
11965/02/18 (#01)TLSto MertonNice chat with Naomi on the phone. She is very busy now but hopes we can lunch in a while.   
11965/02/18 (#02)TL[c]to Stone, Naomi BurtonIt was great to talk with you on the 'phone the other day and I look forward to taking you to lunch  [to Naomi Burton (Stone) of Doubleday in New York City]
11965/02/18 (#03)TLS[x]to Stone, Naomi BurtonIt was great to talk with your on the 'phone the other day and I look forward to taking you to lunch  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Naomi Burton Stone, Merton's literary agent]
11965/02/18 (#04)TL[c]to Horrigan, AlfredIt was good to hear from you again, and I do look forward to another pleasant visit with you,  [to Msgr. Alfred F. Horrigan, who was president of Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky]
11965/02/18 (#05)TL[x]to Horrigan, AlfredIt was good to hear from you again, and I do look forward to another pleasant visit with you,  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Msgr. Alfred Horrigan, president of Bellarmine College]
11965/02/23 TLS[x]from Horrigan, AlfredThank you so very much for your letter of February 18. In view of the interesting circumstances  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Msgr. Alfred Horrigan, president of Bellarmine College]
11965/02/25 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter, and thanks especially for the two Auden books which arrived yesterday.Yes [Cooper #140]
11965/02/25 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter, and thanks especially for the two Auden books which arrived yesterday.Yes [Cooper #140]
11965/02/25 (#03)TL[x]from Stone, Naomi BurtonVery good to here from you and I agree completely with you and your attitude towards Monsignor  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Naomi Burton Stone, Merton's literary agent]
11965/03/08 (#01)TALSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of February 25th, to which I am somewhat late in replying, because   
11965/03/08 (#02)TALS[x]to Stone, Naomi BurtonThank you so much for your fine long letter of February 25th about Tom's affairs. Your ideas   
11965/03/08 (#03)TLS[x]to Stone, Naomi BurtonThank you so much for your fine long letter of February 25th about Tom's affairs. Your ideas  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - one of seven letters copied and sent to Dwyer concerning the establishment of a literary trust for Merton - letter between James Laughlin, editor of New Directions, and Naomi Burton Stone, Merton's literary agent]
11965/03/19 (#01)TL[c]from MertonBefore I got your letter of the 8th I had already translated a few of Parra's "Versos de Salon"Yes [Cooper #141]
11965/03/19 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonBefore I got your letter of the 8th I had already translated a few of Parra's "Versos de Salon"Yes [Cooper #141]
11965/04/22 (#01)TL[c]from Dwyer, WilliamYesterday I received the Merton books which you were kind enough to send to me and I am delighted   
11965/04/22 (#02)TNS[x]from MertonThanks for the card. I would be delighted to see you at the end of the month. I expect to be tied   
11965/04/25 HPCSto MertonGreat. I'll try to get down there before the 5th. Will keep you posted on dates. Nice out here.  [verso: color photograph of the Germania Pass in the snow topped mountains of Alta, Utah]
11965/04/26 TL[c]from Dwyer, WilliamI acknowledge receipt of and thank you for EMBLEMS OF A SEASON OF FURY and ORIGINAL CHILD   
11965/04/28 HLS[x]from MertonI just heard from the people I was expecting 5 and 6th that they won't be coming so that whole week   
11965/04/no? HNS[x]from MertonHere are those letters I was telling you about. There are quite a few - I hope not too many for  Merton's correspondence with Robert Lax for New Directions annual
11965/05/08 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThat was a very fine visit and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for coming, and I am glad we saw   
11965/05/08 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThat was a very fine visit and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for coming, and I am glad we saw  [contains note typed on bottom of Merton's letter from someone with the initials "DF" to Laughlin regarding a suggestion for book of photographs regarding Gethsemani Abbey - Lew Falce at Algen Press (College Point, NY)]
11965/05/09 HLSto MertonThank you for a wonderful visit - one of the best! It really cheered me up, so much so in fact,   
11965/05/13 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI trust your judgment about not publishing the letters to Lax. So just keep one for the fileYes [Cooper #142]
11965/05/13 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI trust your judgment about not publishing the letters to Lax. So just keep one for the fileYes [Cooper #142]
11965/05/13 (#03)TLSto MertonSalesman at conf yesterday in Phila most enthusiastic about Chang Tzu. Next list's catalog must go   
11965/05/13 (#04)HLS[x]from MertonHere are some more things you might want to have on file there. I am not sure whether some or all   
11965/05/14 HNS[x]from MertonI am working on the idea of "readings" rather than simply "poems" – some of them are a bit prosaic,  [second page is Merton's hand corrected description of <i>The Way of Chuang Tzu</i> using "interpretations" or "readings" rather than translations of poems]
11965/06/09 HNS[x]from MertonThe books have all been coming in. Dahlberg, Borges, Purdy etc and today I got  <i>The Way of Chuang Tzu</i> nearly completed / doctor's visit in Lexington for severe intestinal trouble - saw Victor and Carolyn Hammer
11965/06/15 TLSto MertonI was sorry to hear about the troubles with your digestion, but much relieved to learn that you had   
11965/07/01 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for getting the enlarged Chuang Tzu to us so quickly. It looks wonderful,   
11965/07/02 (#01)TLSto MertonIt's awful the way I forget things sometimes. I've never answered your inquiry about an offset   
11965/07/02 (#02)TLS[x]from Thomas, TrevorI am seeking permission to use one of Thomas Merton's long poems published in your  [original letter dated 1965/06/30 from Thomas, of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California - photocopied and sent to Merton]
11965/07/21 TL[x]to MertonI'm sorry to have been so slow in reacting to the "Irish Hermit Poems." I've been trying to clean  Laughlin likes "Irish Hermit poems" but does not like the translation
11965/08/10 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for your letter from Wyoming. The Arab manuscript sounds interesting, but as I am justYes [Cooper #143]
11965/08/10 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for your letter from Wyoming. The Arab manuscript sounds interesting, but as I am justYes [Cooper #143]
11965/08/14 HLS[x]from MertonYou may be interested in this poem by Albert Fowler – an oldish Quaker type and a pacifist  poetry of Albert Vann Fowler
11965/08/17 TL[x]to MertonJust back from Wyoming, it was really beautiful out there, and I found your good letter of August  Merton's poem "Man the Master" / date conflict with Farrar, Straus and Giroux regarding <i>The Way of Chuang Tzu</i> / "Tao of Painting" book / release date for <i>Gandhi on Non-Violence</i>
11965/08/19 TL[x]to MertonWe are moving along rapidly on the "Chuang Tzu" in order to get the books into the stores in plenty   
11965/08/22 TALS[x]from MertonOkay then, let's try something like this for Chuang Tzu. I concern myself only with paragraph one:  Merton's biographical statement about D.T. Suzuki
11965/08/26 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for your good letter of August 22nd, with the wonderful paragraph on Zen   
11965/09/02 TLS[x]from MertonAbout the Paperback consisting of Behavior of Titans and other material. I realized when you spokeYes [Cooper #144]
11965/09/12 TLS[x]from MertonI haven't heard a word from the Lugano Review people about "Man the Master" so if you want itYes [Cooper #145]
11965/09/13 TL[x]to MertonDid I ever thank you for sending me the handsome pictures? I think they came out awfully well.  <i>Raids on the Unspeakable</i>, <i>Mystics and Zen Masters</i> and "Freedom Songs"
11965/09/22 TLS[x]from MertonI was delighted to get the Gandhi book at last, and it turned out nicely.  Richard Eberhart's <i>Selected Poems</i> / root photograph by Merton for cover of <i>Raids on the Unspeakable</i> and calligraphies inside / news that the CIA might have had something to do with the war in Kashmir [Indo-Pakistani War of 1965]
11965/09/27 (#01)HLSto MertonThis weekend finds me making a strenuous effort to wind up the ND19 for the printer. Various   
11965/09/27 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the list. There is no conflict between the Answers on Art and Freedom and the ArtYes [Cooper #146]
11965/09/28 TL[x]to MertonFurther to my letter about what to represent you with in ND 19, I like very much that new poem you  Merton poems "A Tune for Festive Dances in the 1960's" and "Man the Master" for possible inclusion in <u>New Directions in Prose and Poetry</u> 19 / Kashmir and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
11965/09/29 TALS[x]from MertonOK about not duplicating in Raids and the Annual. Do you still intend to use Man the Master  "Readings from Ibn Abbad" / Nicanor Parra translations with corrections and suggestions from Parra / Fernando Pessoa translations / likes George Oppen poetry and asks for his first book
11965/09/30 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of September 27th. I think it would probably be best not   
11965/10/15 TL[x]to MertonI am sorry to be slow about getting back to you on your two last letters; things have been pretty   
11965/10/16 TLS[x]from MertonHere is a copy of "The Time of the End etc". I need not hang on to it so tight as I now know  [note that there is different letter from Merton to Laughlin of the same date published in Cooper] Pope Paul VI and his address to the United Nations - the charge by "right wingers" that "The Pope is misinformed by Communists in the Curia"
11965/10/19 (#01)TL[c]from MertonBy now you must have Ibn Abbad and "The time of the end". Let me know if not. I sent them   
11965/10/19 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonBy now you must have Ibn Abbad and "The time of the end". Let me know if not. I sent them   
11965/10/22 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your letters of October 16th and 19th, with enclosure of "Time and the End"   
11965/10/24 HNS[x]from MertonHere is a copy of Seneca - could you please return as it is the only one I have? Thanks - Tom   
11965/10/25 TLS[x]from MertonChuang Tzu not here yet, but it might be down at the monastery when I go down. Nice fall weather.Yes [Cooper #147]
11965/10/27 (#01)TALSto MertonThanks you so much for sending me the copy of "Seneca." I have made a Xerox, and am returning yours   
11965/10/27 (#02)other THOMAS MERTON [-] SENECA [-] When the torch is taken [-] And the room is dark [-] The mute wife   
11965/10/27 (#03)TNS[x]from MertonHere are the notes on the drawings. I left the list of titles as that will help you with titles   
11965/10/29 TNS[x]from MertonWould you please send Gandhi and Chuang Tzu to this Indian writer. N. Chatterji. 68 Chatsworth Rd   
11965/11/02 TL[x]to MertonExcept for your introduction, and unless I have overlooked something, I believe this envelope will   
11965/11/04 (#01)HNSto Dwyer, WilliamBellarmine - Father John Loftus. Merton dumped stuff with him. Policy - who have access for study  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original - telephone memo taken by Dwyer's secretary - also a business card from Laughlin with a handwritten note about whether Merton's <i>Way of Chuang Tzu</i> had been sent to Dwyer]
11965/11/04 (#02)TNS[x]from MertonThe stuff for Raids came in this morning and I am just getting down to it. Here is a carbon  sending drawings either for exhibit at a book store in New York or send them to Bellarmine College
11965/11/06 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonFirst will you please have review copies of Chuang Tzu sent to: J. Masui, Hermes, 48 Rue CortambertYes [Cooper #148]
11965/11/08 TLS[x]from MertonYou know about Miguel Grinberg, I think. He is doing an anthology of US poets for Losada in BuenosYes [Cooper #149]
11965/11/11 HNS[x]from MertonHere is the complete revised ms of <u>Raids</u>. I hope I have not added too much.   
11965/11/22 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for getting the revised script of "Raids" back to me so promptly. I like your  sending some of Merton's books to Miguel Grinberg for consideration in an anthology / sending "Manchild in the Promised Land" / how to use Merton's drawings in book / Reznikoff and Oppen / Fernando Pessoa heir, Coronel Caetano Dias from Lisbon
11965/12/06 TLS[x]to Horrigan, AlfredPlease forgive my delay in getting back to you after your kind telephone call. This seems to have  [see "Dwyer, William O." file for copy of the original]
11965/12/13 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of November 27th, with the useful additional information about   
11966/01/04 TLS[x]from MertonI have many things to thank you for. First the copy of the testimony of the Italian priest,Yes [Cooper #150]
11966/01/18 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of January 1st which I found on my return from a very pleasantYes [Cooper #151]
11966/02/16 HLS[x]from MertonThis looks interesting - I wonder if you could have someone get a copy for me and charge it   
11966/02/21 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your note of the sixteenth, and I will try to get that "Sanpaku" book for you,  Günter Eich - warning about rights issues in translating poets writing in German, especially Paul Celan / Ed Rice and his television script on Merton - Naomi Burton Stone not happy with it / Nicanor Parra's arrival at Louisiana State University - suggestion that he could visit Merton
11966/02/23 HLS[x]from MertonI am returning the proofs of <u>Raids</u> - note there was no galley 2 with this set. Also enclosing   
11966/02/25 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for looking up the German poets, and send Eich along too: "I like Eich".Yes [Cooper #153]
11966/03/04 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your fine letter of the 25th, which reached me down in Sarasota,  thanks Merton for sending Clayton Eshleman's message about Georgette de Vallejo / Merton interview in the Louisville newspaper
11966/03/08 TL[x]to MertonBack again in Norfolk, and it is snowing again here today, and I have been looking for the French  sending anthology of German poetry / Merton interview in the Louisville newspaper with photographs and statements on the Vietnam War / Nicanor Parra's desire to visit Merton - on telling Dom James about Parra's communist positions
11966/03/19 TLS[x]from MertonHere is a surprise for you. It is the ms of a Journal that Bob Lax has been keeping on his GreekYes [Cooper #154]
11966/03/21 HLS[x]from MertonJust a quick note to say I want very much to see Nicanor and will do what I can to arrange it when  will arrange visit with Nicanor Parra after leaving hospital
11966/03/24 TL[x]to MertonI certainly was sorry to hear that the doctors had decided that you had to have the disc operation.   
11966/03/29 TL[x]to MertonI imagine this will reach you in the hospital, and I certainly hope that the operation went well,   
11966/04/01 HNS[x]from MertonI suggest we cut <u>Confession</u> - it is the most expendable piece. Operation ok but still painful  [to "Jerry" at New Directions]
11966/04/02 HNS[x]from MertonSorry you can't use Lax's book. Will you please pass it on to Naomi? Operation ok, a little rough   
11966/04/20 HNS[x]from MertonEverything is going along well. No pain and no special bother - I can get around fine and go upYes [Cooper #156]
11966/04/no HNS[x]from MertonThe operation worked out fine. I have made a good recovery and am to go home tomorrow.Yes [Cooper #155]
11966/05/12 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your note and for returning the cover for that collar. It was not important,Yes [Cooper #157]
11966/05/16 HNS[x]from MertonThe negative of the chairs is in the enclosed brown envelope. Make the prints you want  sending photographs and poem "The Prospects of Nostradamus"
11966/05/23 TL[x]to MertonThanks ever so much for sending me the negative or [sic] your photograph of the two chairs.  the use of a photo by Merton of chairs on a cover of a New Directions book / "The Prospects of Nostradamus" / arrangements for exhibition of Merton's drawings - no venue yet / Fr. Chini - article on Merton for Vatican newspaper
11966/05/27 (#01)HLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for your letter of May 23. <i>Nostradamus</i> can go to any magazine you like,  ideas for donation of proceeds from exhibit of Merton's artwork - Civil Rights organization / photographic policies for book jackets / planning to send more "Menendez poems" [the "Menendez file"]
11966/05/27 (#02)TL[x]to MertonI think I have got a good lead now for the exhibition of the drawings. I talked on the telephone  speaking with Elizabeth Sullivan of the Paraclete Book Center in New York about exhibiting Merton's drawings - asking what charity should receive proceeds from art sale - asking selling price of drawings / visit to Bellarmine College in Louisville - working with Bill Dwyer and Naomi Burton Stone on literary trust
11966/05/29 other[x]by MertonEvening: Long Distance Call [-] Tonight at dusk Twenty warblers  [draft of poem originally titled "Long Distance Call at Night", corrected as "Evening: Long Distance Call" - xerograph of typescript containing a draft of the poem and major handwritten corrections and additions]
11966/06/01 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonHere are some poems for the Menedez file. It looks as if in almost no time at all there might beYes [Cooper #158]
11966/06/01 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonHere are some poems for the Menendez File. It looks as if in almost no time at all there might be  [possibly a partial letter]
11966/06/09 (#01)TNS[x]from MertonAnother one for the Menendez file. You will see it continues a part of a series I sent you lastYes [Cooper #159]
11966/06/09 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonAnother one for the Menendez file. You will see it continues a part of a series I sent you last  [on the same transcribed page as 1966/June/01 - possibly a partial letter]
11966/06/16 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst of all I want to let you know that I have received three of the German poets. Pointek's MitYes [Cooper #160]
11966/06/16 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all I want to let you know that I have received three of the German poets. Pointek's MitYes [Cooper #160]
11966/06/17 HLS[x]from MertonI finally got to hear something of Bob Dylan's and like his stuff immensely. Can you get me a copyYes [Cooper #161]
11966/06/23 (#01)TALS[x]from MertonThanks for the chairs negative, now duly filed I hope in our photography dept. Glad you thought it  Italian poet Eugenio Montale, "I like him better than all other Italians, though I like Quasimodo and Ungaretti very much…" / card from lunch with Nicanor Parra / approval from Dom James Fox to pay William Dwyer for legal services for literary trust
11966/06/23 (#02)TL[x]to MertonI was so distressed to hear about the bursitis. That really is a shame, on top of all you have hadYes [Cooper #162]
11966/06/no? HPCSto MertonThinking of you at a poet's lunch in a Village garden restaurant. J [-] Tenemos que volver a vernos.  [notes on postcard from James Laughlin, Nicanor Parra, Marianne Moore, and an unknown signatory - Merton acknowledges the postcard in his letter to Laughlin of 1966/06/23 - postcard of Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, New York]
11966/07/08 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMy authors' copies of <u>Raids</u> arrived last week and I am very happy with them. Was ableYes [Cooper #163]
11966/07/08 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonMy authors' copies of <u>Raids</u> arrived last week and I am very happy with them. Was ableYes [Cooper #163]
11966/07/11 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for the copy of Planets which arrived today. It is certainly a very fine magazine and I am  Albert Camus / Ping Ferry and places to publish Nostradamus poem / delay in writing Nicanor Parra / Cortisone shots for Merton's bursitis / new article on Buddhism / asking for Bob Dylan article in upcoming <u>Atlantic</u> magazine
11966/07/20 TL[x]to MertonI am sorry not to have written in some time. The heat here has been unbelievable and everything has  Nostradamus poem / Nicanor Parra back in Chile but hopes to return to United States to teach / Lionel Landry from the Asia Society a Merton admirer - Laughlin asked him to send Merton good books on Buddhism
11966/07/24 TNS[x]from MertonThanks for the Dylan profile: very good. Will you check and see if the Pleiade edition of Camus  Pleiade edition of Albert Camus book - Camus and Zen / Andrei Voznesensky / Edwin Muir
11966/07/25 TLS[x]from MertonYour letter of the 20 arrived today. I am trying to track down the Camus books. They must haveYes [Cooper #164]
11966/07/27 TALS[x]from MertonHere is more material for the top secret file. First a poem. Then two other manuscripts, bothYes [Cooper #165]
11966/07/28 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your good letter of July 25th. It sure is a mystery what has happened to those Camus  Buddhist connections - Lionel Landry at the Asia Society in New York wants Merton to meet Mochtar Lubis, the Indonesian writer imprisoned by Sukarno
11966/07/30 TNS[x]from MertonI checked with Fr Abbot about the Camus books in French, and no books arrived, he assures me.   
11966/08/02 TLS[x]from MertonToo bad there was some sort of mixup about the Camus books. Actually, to simplify it, I would say  Camus books that Merton needs / Jean Grenier / Lionel Landry and Mochtar Lubis
11966/08/11 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the tearsheets from <u>Playboy</u>. After being in <u>Life</u> last week I certainlyYes [Cooper #166]
11966/08/15 HLSto MertonI'm off for the ranch tomorrow. Address there: Wilson, Wyoming - till Labor Day. That was a fine   
11966/08/17 TLSto MertonJust before leaving New York I got up to see Elizabeth Sullivan at the Paraclete Book Center,   
11966/08/18 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI have been getting a lot out of the Camus material and it seems it will produce more. Will send  Rene Char / Jacques Maritain / Merton's fear he offended Victor Hammer's traditional sensibilities in art / Bob Dylan book
11966/08/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI have been getting a lot out of the Camus material and it seems it will produce more. Will send  Rene Char / Jacques Maritain / Merton's fear he offended Victor Hammer's traditional sensibilities in art / Bob Dylan book
11966/08/18 (#03)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter which got to me just after I mailed one to you at the office this morning.Yes [Cooper #167]
11966/08/19 TLS[x]to MertonI am dictating this letter from the hotel in Chicago, where I have stopped on my way out  [see Sub-Section C.6, Series 29, for the original of this letter]
11966/08/29 TL[x]to MertonThank you so much for several recent letters which have reached me out here in Wyoming,  "Menendez file" not ready for publication / Edwin Muir
11966/08/30 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst of all more French books have arrived, this very promptly, so the Lipton place seems to be   
11966/08/30 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all more French books have arrived, this very promptly, so the Lipton place seems to be  exhibit of drawings at Paraclete Bookshop
11966/09/13 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst of all, thanks for the Record of the reading of my poems which someone sent down.Yes [Cooper #168]
11966/09/13 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all, thanks for the Record of the reading of my poems which someone sent down.Yes [Cooper #168]
11966/09/15 TL[x]to MertonI am back in the New York office now and gradually digging through the accumulation.  idea for a revised volume of "New and Selected" poems instead of current selected poem volume
11966/09/17 TALS[x] from Merton to Ping FerryThanks for the Life letters and for the latest batch of stuff, including above all your PEP.Yes [marginalia and last two full paragraphs not published]
11966/09/18 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for yours of the 15th. I'll take up first the question of the SELECTED POEMS.  Merton's ideas for poems to be included in a new selection / Laughlin's idea of Gary Snyder visiting Gethsemani
11966/09/21 TL[x]to MertonI am sorry to report that Miss Sullivan of the Paraclete Book Center and I have decided, over   
11966/09/22 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst, thanks for the Cendrars book which is handsome. I have not gone into it yet, thoughYes [Cooper #169]
11966/09/22 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonFirst, thanks for the Cendrars book which is handsome. I have not gone into it yet, thoughYes [Cooper #169]
11966/09/27 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks of yours of the 21 which I got yesterday. It isall [sic] right with me if the SCLCYes [Cooper #170]
11966/09/27 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks of yours of the 21 which I got yesterday. It isall [sic] right with me if the SCLCYes [Cooper #170]
11966/10/04 TL[x]to MertonMany thanks for your several recent letters. Ping Ferry was in town last week and we had a very  Ping Ferry / Bob Dylan - poem, his motorcycle accident / French poets Antonin Artaud and Robert Desnos / poem "Nostradamus" / English poet Laurie Lee / Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez
11966/10/08 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for your of the 4th. First of all I want to settle the question of the <u>Selected</u>Yes [Cooper #171]
11966/10/08 (#02)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for your of the 4th. First of all I want to settle the question of the <u>Selected</u>Yes [Cooper #171]
11966/10/12 HNS[x]from MertonI am returning the note on the Artaud-Desnos books, marked as your suggested - very grateful.  Antonin Artaud / Robert Desnos / Louis Zukofsky / sending "Day of a Stranger" for next New Directions Annual - "I <u>don't want</u> very high visibility"
11966/10/12 HNS[x]from MertonI am returning the note on the Artaud-Desnos books, marked as your suggested - very grateful.  Antonin Artaud / Robert Desnos / Louis Zukofsky / sending "Day of a Stranger" for next New Directions Annual - "I <u>don't want</u> very high visibility"
11966/10/16 TALS[x]from MertonI know one can't judge a poem so soon after writing it but this one seems to me good.Yes [Cooper #172]
11966/10/17 (#01)TLSto MertonEnclosed please find John Ciardi's reply about the two poems I sent him for "Saturday Review".Yes [Cooper #173]
11966/10/17 (#02)other WITH THE WORLD IN MY BLOOD STREAM. [-] I lie on my hospital bed [-] Water runs inside the walls  [annotated typescript of 2 of Merton's poems - "With the World in My Blood Stream" and "First Lesson about Man"]
11966/10/17 (#03)TLS[x]from Ciardi, JohnThanks as ever for these poems by Merton. He is a powerful poet and both of them speak to me  [from John Ciardi, Poetry Editor of the <u>Saturday Review</u> - photocopy to Merton]
11966/10/17 (#04)TLS[x]from Manresa, JosefinaThank you for your letter of 4th inst. The best for you is to contact the heirs of poet Miguel  [1966/10/08 letter of Josefina Manresa of Aguilar publishers regarding poetry of Miguel Hernandez - photocopy to Merton]
11966/10/24 (#01)TLSto MertonI was sorry to hear that you had to go back into the hospital, and I trust it doesn't prove to be   
11966/10/24 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter with the copy of the letter of J. Ciardi and the poems. I have changedYes [Cooper #174]
11966/10/24 (#03)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your letter with the copy of the letter of J. Ciardi and the poems. I have changedYes [Cooper #174]
11966/10/27 HLS[x]from MertonThanks for ordering the medicine. It has not come yet but will soon. Artand books have arrived   
11966/11/01 TALSto MertonOur printers have been very slow this year with the NEW DIRECTIONS 19 anthology, but the book   
11966/11/04 TLSto MertonJerry reminded me last night that I had not gotten around to making the selection from "Emblems"   
11966/11/05 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for the little cards about the exhibit. I will send them out, and I think they are very  thanking Laughling for sending linden tea and Vitamin B / writing to widow of Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez / dropping of Marie Tadié as Paris agent
11966/11/05 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the little cards about the exhibit. I will send them out, and I think they are very  thanking Laughlin for sending linden tea and Vitamin B / writing to widow of Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez / dropping of Marie Tadié as Paris agent
11966/11/08 HLSto MertonHere are the "programs" for the show. I hope you like. Will you want more if some are left over   
11966/11/11 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI wonder if you saw my piece in the November Harpers. It is tucked away in the front, and got  asks for some rosehip tea and B vitamins for his stomach troubles - more back problems and the possibility of future surgery
11966/11/11 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI wonder if you saw my piece in the November Harpers. It is tucked away in the front, and got  asks for some rosehip tea and B vitamins for his stomach troubles - more back problems and the possibility of future surgery
11966/11/15 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany good things in the new annual, for which many thanks. I especially like the Alberti.Yes [Cooper #175]
11966/11/15 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany good things in the new annual, for which many thanks. I especially like the Alberti.Yes [Cooper #175]
11966/11/16 HNS[x]from MertonDoes Lipton have, or can it procure: Romain Gary - Les Racines des Ciel. Paris 1958.  Romain Gary / Natalie Sarraute
11966/11/30 HNS[x]from MertonCould someone please look up the N.Y office of SNCC and send me the address? I had it but lost it.  requests address for the New York office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
11966/12/07 (#01)TLSto MertonI am sorry not to have written much in recent weeks. As Else may have explained to you, things have  French authors Romain Gary and Nathalie Sarraute / Spanish poet Rafael Alberti / exhibition of Merton's art well-attended but few sales, possibly too high price / the problems involved in overseas printing and copyright
11966/12/07 (#02)TNSto MertonThought you would be glad to see we finally heard from the Pessoa heir and that <u>he</u> is content  [typed note from Laughlin to Merton on a photocopy of a letter handwritten letter of 1966/11/21 from F. Caetano Dias, brother-in-law of Fernando Pessoa]
11966/12/07 (#03)TLS[x]from Morgan, FrederickI recently returned from Europe and found your letter of November 2 enclosing the new essay  [from Frederick Morgan of <u>The Hudson Review</u> in New York City - photocopy to Merton]
11966/12/10 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThis is just to say that Edifying Cables is all typed, though I am adding a few more pieces.Yes [Cooper #176]
11966/12/10 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThis is just to say that Edifying Cables is all typed, though I am adding a few more pieces.Yes [Cooper #176]
11966/12/12 (#01)TAL[c]to Brock, Terry F.Miss Elizabeth Sullivan at the Paraclete Book Center here in New York tells me that you might be  [to Terry F. Brock, Director of Exhibits at the Center for Religious Art in Chicago, regarding Merton's drawings for exhibit - carbon copy to Merton with note by Laughlin: "Is this OK if they are interested and will pay expense?"]
11966/12/12 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for your letter of the 7th which I received today. It crossed with the one I just sent  exhibit of Merton's artwork and expenses / meeting with a non-violent activist from France / problems with French translator Marie Tadié
11966/12/16 HNS[x]from MertonBy all means let the Chicago people have the drawings if they want them. They can send them on   
11966/12/27 (#01)TL[c]from MertonYour letter about your Mother's passing away reached me just before Christmas and I have of courseYes [Cooper #177]
11966/12/27 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonYour letter about your Mother's passing away reached me just before Christmas and I have of courseYes [Cooper #177]
11967/01/17 TL[x]to MertonBless you for your prayers for my dear Mama. I know she is Heaven-bound, if not there already   
11967/01/18 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI have not heard from you in an enormous long time: I certainly hope nothing is wrong.Yes [Cooper #178]
11967/01/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI have not heard from you in an enormous long time: I certainly hope nothing is wrong.Yes [Cooper #178]
11967/01/18 (#03)HLS[x] from Merton to Marguerite YourcenarJe vous remercie de votre livre  letter to French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar / labeled by Laughlin, "not answered, but <u>L'Œuvre au Noir</u> sent from Paris in May 1968" - book in Merton Center's collection of books with marginalia and includes inscription from Yourcenar to Merton
11967/01/20 (#01)TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of January 18th. I am sorry that I have been such a bad   
11967/01/20 (#02)TLS[x]from Dwyer, WilliamI feel that I have contributed so very little to yours and Naomi Burton's efforts as trustees  [1967/01/16 letter from William O. Dwyer regarding his resignation as attorney for Merton's literary trust - photocopy to Merton]
11967/01/22 TLS[x]from MertonSeveral wrote that they liked my mimeographed Christmas letter and urged me to go on mimeographingYes [labeled "Septuagesima Sunday 1967" - see also "Circular Letter to Friends (for mimeographing)"]
11967/01/26 TLSto MertonI am pleased to report that "Woody," our faithful cleaning man, has gotten the pictures all very   
11967/01/28 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany things to thank you for, and I can't remember if I have or not. Certainly thanks for the goodYes [Cooper #179]
11967/01/28 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany things to thank you for, and I can't remember if I have or not. Certainly thanks for the goodYes [Cooper #179]
11967/02/14 (#01)TL[c]from MertonOur mutual friend Amiya Chakravarty is anxious to publish a small book, a collection of essays  Gabriel Marcel and Zen / literary trust issues / plans to go to hospital for bursitis operation / has given "With the World in My Bloodstream" to magazine at Florida University
11967/02/14 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonOur mutual friend Amiya Chakravarty is anxious to publish a small book, a collection of essays  Gabriel Marcel and Zen / literary trust issues / plans to go to hospital for bursitis operation / has given "With the World in My Bloodstream" to magazine at Florida University
11967/02/17 (#01)TL[c]from MertonAbout the remaindering of <u>Bread</u> and <u>Behavior</u>. First of all, I don't mind.Yes [Cooper #152]
11967/02/17 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonAbout the remaindering of <u>Bread</u> and <u>Behavior</u>. First of all, I don't mind.Yes [Cooper #152]
11967/02/18 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI found out there is a priest who is sending books behind the Iron Curtain, Maybe he could use   
11967/02/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI found out there is a priest who is sending books behind the Iron Curtain, Maybe he could use   
11967/02/22 HLS[x]from MertonI have given to <u>Motive</u> magazine two poems: a long one on Eichmann you have not seen –  Nostradamus poem and "Epitaph for a public servant (In memoriam - Adolf Eichmann)"
11967/02/27 (#01)TLSto MertonThis is not an answer to your recent letters, which I'll dictate soon, but just to report that   
11967/02/27 (#02)other Poems from EMBLEMS to be added to SEL. POEMS [-] CONTENTS [-] Why Some Look up to Planets   
11967/02/27 (#03)TL[c]to Chakravarty, AmiyaThank you so much for your very interesting letter of February 20, and the enclosure of materials   
11967/02/28 HLS[x]from MertonMy bursitis operation seems to have worked out nicely. Will go home today. Had a good phone  [written on letterhead of St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville] Ralph Eugene Meatyard's photographs taken at the hermitage - Merton's photos, including those of Jacques Maritain / letter from Louis Zukofsky regarding Merton's review of his poems
11967/02/no? TLS[x]from MertonThe last mimeographed letter is running out and there are still more than four weeks to go beforeYes [labeled "Lent 67" - see also "Circular Letter to Friends (for mimeographing)"]
11967/03/02 HLS[x]from MertonAm back from the hospital operation worked ok but I can't type yet. Am perfectly in accord  regarding poems to be published and lawyer to be hired for trust matters
11967/03/09 (#01)TALSto MertonI was so glad to hear that you didn't have a bad time in the hospital, and I hope the operation will   
11967/03/09 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI ran across a good recent poem of Alberti in a South American lit. publication and translated it.   
11967/03/09 (#03)TLS[x]from MertonI ran across a good recent poem of Alberti in a South American lit. publication and translated it.   
11967/03/10 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI dug into the files and brought out what I could in the way of pictures of Nicanor. I am sending  Nicanor Parra photographs of his visit with Merton and Laughlin / contribution to Amiya Chakravarty book / "Ishi Means Man"
11967/03/10 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonI dug into the files and brought out what I could in the way of pictures of Nicanor. I am sending  Nicanor Parra photographs of his visit with Merton and Laughlin / contribution to Amiya Chakravarty book / "Ishi Means Man"
11967/03/19 (#01)TL[c]from MertonFirst, many thanks for the big box of Bill Williams' books. I am delighted to have them and willYes [Cooper #180]
11967/03/19 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonFirst, many thanks for the big box of Bill Williams' books. I am delighted to have them and willYes [Cooper #180]
11967/03/21 (#01)HLSto MertonHere's good news! You'll like Julien. Shall I try to get him started, or would you rather wait   
11967/03/21 (#02)TLS[x]from Cornell, JulienIn reply to your letter of March 15, 1967, I should be glad to prepare a will for Thomas Merton   
11967/03/24 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your note and for the copy of Julien Cornell's letter. As I wrote the other day,   
11967/03/24 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your note and for the copy of Julien Cornell's letter. As I wrote the other day,  John Slate / Sy Freedgood / Julien Cornell
11967/03/26 TLS[x]from MertonIt has been a beautiful warm Easter here, though the most recent news from the East CoastYes [labeled "Easter 67" - see also "Circular Letter to Friends (for mimeographing)"]
11967/04/06 (#01)TL[c]from MertonSome time ago you sent me your final list of the poems from EMBLEMS to be included in the newYes [Cooper #181]
11967/04/06 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonSome time ago you sent me your final list of the poems from EMBLEMS to be included in the newYes [Cooper #181]
11967/04/11 TLSto MertonSorry not to have written. IT's been really rough here, trying to do the royalties and with Jerry   
11967/04/14 TLSto MertonUp at five this morning with the birds--there are still a few left in New York--in a big effortYes [Cooper #182]
11967/04/18 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for your letter of the 14th. I got off a letter to Julien Cornell this morningYes [Cooper #183]
11967/04/18 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for your letter of the 14th. I got off a letter to Julien Cornell this morningYes [Cooper #183]
11967/04/18 (#03)TL[x] from Merton to Julien CornellJames Laughlin, our mutual friend, has been in contact with you about the problems of my literary  [from Merton to Julien Cornell]
11967/05/01 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of April 18, which has reached me out in Utah, where we have been   
11967/05/12 TLSto MertonHope you like the way your photo came out on Nicanor's jacket. The other one, The Beetle Leg   
11967/05/22 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI was very happy with the cover of Nicanor's book, and glad that the Zengarden photo came in handy.Yes [Cooper #184]
11967/05/22 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI was very happy with the cover of Nicanor's book, and glad that the Zengarden photo came in handy.Yes [Cooper #184]
11967/06/02 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of May 22, though I certainly was distressed to hear that you are   
11967/06/04 (#01)TL[c]from MertonHere finally is the completed ms of <u>Edifying Cables</u>. I want to get it off to you now so thatYes [Cooper #185]
11967/06/04 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonHere finally is the completed ms of <u>Edifying Cables</u>. I want to get it off to you now so thatYes [Cooper #185]
11967/06/05 (#01)TL[c]from MertonIt was certainly good to get your letter, and one from Else Lorsch, when I got back from town today.Yes [Cooper #186]
11967/06/05 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonIt was certainly good to get your letter, and one from Else Lorsch, when I got back from town today.Yes [Cooper #186]
11967/06/09 TLSto MertonMany thanks for the script of "Edifying Cables." What I have read so far I like very much indeed.   
11967/07/11 HLSto MertonCarolyn's telegram this morning. Well, it had to be - but it's hard to take - one of the rare ones   
11967/07/12 (#01)TL[c]from MertonDo you know that Victor died on Monday, the 10th? I heard about it yesterday. He had beenYes [Cooper #187]
11967/07/12 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonDo you know that Victor died on Monday, the 10th? I heard about it yesterday. He had beenYes [Cooper #187]
11967/07/25 TALSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of July 12, mostly about Victor, which, I guess, crossed   
11967/08/01 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for yours of July 25th. Of course I understand about the volume of Victor's things.Yes [Cooper #188]
11967/08/01 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for yours of July 25th. Of course I understand about the volume of Victor's things.Yes [Cooper #188]
11967/08/06 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThis is likely to be a nuisance letter, but I will keep the nuisance part down to a minimum.Yes [Cooper #189]
11967/08/06 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThis is likely to be a nuisance letter, but I will keep the nuisance part down to a minimum.Yes [Cooper #189]
11967/08/07 (#01)TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of August 1 with the interesting enclosures. I think that "Day   
11967/08/07 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI have got together some possibilities for the Annual. First the essay on symbolism, which printed   
11967/08/07 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI have got together some possibilities for the Annual. First the essay on symbolism, which was  essay on symbolism for magazine in India / piece on Suzuki for magazine in Japan / "Day of a Stranger" for <u>Hudson Review</u> / Albert Camus "Terror and the Absurd" / "Rites for the Extrusion of a Leper" / Hernandez / Alberti's <i>Roman Nocturnes</i>
11967/08/11 TLSto MertonThank you so much for your good letters of August 6 and 7, and for the fine sending of possibilitiesYes [Cooper #190]
11967/08/15 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks very much for your letter of the 11th. Glad you can use the "symbolism" piece. I thoughtYes [Cooper #191]
11967/08/15 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks very much for your letter of the 11th. Glad you can use the "symbolism" piece. I thoughtYes [Cooper #191]
11967/08/22 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your good letter of August 15. I'm glad that you approve the use of the wonderful   
11967/08/24 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThis will travel out with you to the west tomorrow. Hope it finds things in Wyoming very fine.   
11967/08/24 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThis will travel out with you to the west tomorrow. Hope it finds things in Wyoming very fine.   
11967/09/05 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for the card. I shall be disappointed if you can't come, as I have a pile of photos   
11967/09/05 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for the card. I shall be disappointed if you can't come, as I have a pile of photos   
11967/09/10 (#01)TL[c]from MertonToo bad you could not come. Anyway, here are some of the Meatyard photos. My own are not yet   
11967/09/10 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonToo bad you could not come. Anyway, here are some of the Meatyard photos. My own are not yet   
11967/09/13 (#01)TLSto MertonAt the last minute Ezra cancelled his plans to go to Montreal, which I think, given his age and his   
11967/09/13 (#02)other EDIFYING CABLES [-] by Thomas Merton [-] Father Merton the Trappist Monk lives in the Abbey  [description of the book <i>Cables to the Ace</i> - typed and annotated]
11967/09/16 (#01)TLSto MertonMost of what copy-editor queried in the Symbolism essay for ND 20 were tiny things, which I've OK'd,   
11967/09/16 (#02)other Symbolism 4 [-] in man's attitude toward nature in an age of science and technology.(*)  [annotated photocopy of essay from New Directions for Merton to correct]
11967/09/19 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThe proofs of Cables have not reached me yet-- unless they are down there when I go down today.Yes [Cooper #192]
11967/09/19 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonThe proofs of Cables have not reached me yet-- unless they are down there when I go down today.Yes [Cooper #192]
11967/09/21 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI have finished the proofs and am getting them off to Fred Martin right away. Idea came for title.Yes [Cooper #193]
11967/09/21 (#02)other Blurb Edifying Cables [-] or CABLES TO THE ACE (preferred title!!) [-] In this animated mosaic  [description of the book <i>Cables to the Ace</i> by Merton]
11967/09/21 (#03)TLS[x]from MertonI have finished the proofs and am getting them off to Fred Martin right away. Idea came for title.Yes [Cooper #193]
11967/09/21 (#04)HLSto MertonHow <u>sad</u>. Poor Slate. I never did meet him, but he sounded nice on the phone. Do you know -   
11967/09/22 HLS[x]from MertonI was shocked to hear of Slate's death. Must have had a kind of presentiment – as I was worrying  arrangements for Merton's legal matters (will and literary estate) after the death of lawyer John Slate / desire to use a different photograph for cover art and press than the John Howard Griffin photograph that had been much used
11967/09/25 HLSto MertonYou're right - Louisville wd. be best. We were lunching when you called at the C.D. Williams.   
11967/09/26 HNS[x]from MertonI just talked on the phone with Barry Garkfinkel at Slate's office and he will see you about what  idea of setting up literary trust with Laughlin and Naomi Burton Stone
11967/09/28 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI thought I might as well send along the core of the new collection of poems which may make a book   
11967/09/28 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI thought I might as well send along the core of the new collection of poems which may make a book   
11967/10/02 TALSto MertonA bit of a crush here recently and I owe you about 5 letters ... but this is just a flash to ask   
11967/10/04 TPCSto MertonJust checking a small but vital point: Do we retain "Familiar Liturgies of Misunderstanding   
11967/10/05 HLS[x]from MertonYes, I am all in favor of the Blaine montage as cover for <i>Cables to the Ace</i>. Very good –   
11967/10/06 (#01)TLSto MertonFinally a quiet moment--except for the new Jamaican cleaning lady pottering around with her brush   
11967/10/06 (#02)HNS[x]from MertonOK to <u>keep</u> the subtitle. Best, Tom.   
11967/10/10 HLS[x]from MertonI thought you might like to see this. Thanks for Nicanor's book – very fine. I am very sorry   
11967/10/12 (#01)TLSto MertonFurther about the question of the lawyer to help you with your arrangements, I am now enclosing   
11967/10/12 (#02)TLS[x] from Wyatt, Wilson / to C. Dickerman WilliamsI was delighted to have your letter of September 25th. Incidentally, following our winning  [from Louisville attorney Wilson W. Wyatt to Laughlin's friend from New York C. Dickerman Williams regarding legal representation for Merton - photocopy from Laughlin to Merton - see also the "Williams, C. Dickerman" file]
11967/10/17 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter of the 12th about the question of the lawyer. I agree with you.   
11967/10/23 TLSto MertonMany thanks for your letter of October 17, letting me know what you have done about the lawyer   
11967/10/26 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI will gladly write a letter to Mr Williams. I am grateful for what he and you did, and am sorry   
11967/10/26 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI will gladly write a letter to Mr Williams. I am grateful for what he and you did, and am sorry   
11967/10/30 (#01)HNSto MertonThat Bill Everson is a strange one, ain't he? If you'd like me to get the book for you, please   
11967/10/30 (#02)other TO THE EDITOR: JAMES WRIGHT'S review of my book "The Rose of Solitude" (Oct. 8), was strong,  [newspaper clipping from <u>The New York Times Book Review</u> - letter to the editor by Brother Antoninus (William Everson) - sent by Laughlin to Merton]
11967/11/01 TLSto MertonEnclosed is the way I finalized the catalogue blurb for "Cables," and I'll be grateful if you will   
11967/11/03 TL[c]from MertonI am getting this back immediately, as this afternoon I am catching up with mail or trying to.   
11967/11/06 (#01)TL[c]from MertonAbout the tangle over the Hudson Review piece. I wrote to Fred Morgan this morning about it, saying