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Wells, Joel

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1964-1968

Volume: 16 item(s); 16 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Joel Wells and Merton discuss articles for the Catholic literary journal, The Critic. Merton wrote articles concerning Camus and existentialism. They also discuss the apology to Merton by Martin Marty and the possibility of Merton writing for an "I was wrong" series.


Joel Wells was editor of The Critic, published by the Thomas More Association of Chicago, Illinois. He has gone on to write many books concerning Catholicism, humor and social commentary.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1964/04/07 TL[c]from MertonFor a long time I have been thinking about your letter, and have wanted to write something   
 1965/06/23 TLSto MertonI am writing in the hope that you will consider doing an article for us on the general theme:   
 1965/06/27 TL[c]from MertonI will do my level best to get an article on Existentialism to you before August 15th. It happens,   
 1965/08/12 TLSto MertonI can't tell you how tremendously pleased I am with THE OTHER SIDE OF DESPAIR. It is exactly what   
 1965/11/11 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonI am afraid there was a mistake in my existentialism article. Do you think you could give me   
 1965/11/11 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI am afraid there was a mistake in my existentialism article. Do you think you could give me   
 1966/04/20 TLSfrom MertonHere is a piece that might possibly be of use to you in the <u>Critic</u>. The prefatory note will   
 1966/04/26 TLSto MertonI'm glad to have LOVE AND SOLITUDE which is certainly different. I'm sure I didn't follow you   
 1966/10/11 TALSto MertonI wonder if you would be interested and have the time before December 15 to review  [asking if Merton will review <i>An Existential Approach to Theology</i> by G. M. A. Jansen, O.P., to which Merton notes in pen, "answered 'No' Oct. 14"]
 1966/10/12 TL[c]from MertonCongratulations on the really splendid issue of <u>The Critic</u>. I was glad to be in it and very   
 1967/02/17 TL[c]from MertonHere is the review of the Faulkner essays. I hope it is not too long, but if it is: you have   
 1967/10/04 TLSto MertonYour very interesting exchange with Dr. Marty in the N.C.R. brought to mind something I have been   
 1967/10/16 TLSto MertonMy thanks for your letter of October 11. I can certainly understand your situation. I won't hold   
 1968/02/08 TLSto MertonA South African novelist, Alan Paton, has just published an unusual little book of meditations   
 1968/02/10 TL[c]from MertonI have seen the little Book of Meditations by Alan Paton, as Seabury sent it for a blurb.   
 1976/10/11 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter of the 4th, and its offer. The series is a good idea, and I have certainly   

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