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Merton's Correspondence with:

Sheed, Francis Joseph; Francis J. Sheed; Sheed, Francis J.; F. J. Sheed; Sheed, F. J.; F.J. Sheed

Sheed, F. J. (Francis Joseph), 1897-1981  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962
Volume: 4 item(s); 6 pg(s)

Scope and Content


With his wife Maisie Ward, Francis Joseph Sheed founded the publishing house of Sheed & Ward in 1926. Sheed was a Roman Catholic theologian and leading apologist of the 20th Century. Born in Australia, he moved to London after his law studies and married Ward in 1926. The following year the established a Roman Catholic publishing house concerned not only with theology but broader issues of literature and culture. In 1933, they founded a New York branch of the publishing company and thenceforth Sheed spent time between the London and New York offices. (Source: "Sheed, F. J." Biography from Current Biography. 1981. Online. Biography Reference Bank. H.W. Wilson. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 2006/04/25. ‹›.)

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See also Cold War Letters #32 and #58 published in Witness to Freedom pp. 32-33 and 45.

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1. 1960/no/no? HCS[x] from Merton The Resurrection by Durrwell is certainly a fine work, very solid and complete, a great work [marked "Holy Saturday" with no year - likely 1960 or 1961 based on the mention of two books sent to Merton: The Resurrection: A Biblical Study by F. X. Durrwell, and Saints Who Made History: The First Five Centuries by Maisie Ward (both books published by Sheed and Ward)] «detailed view»
2. 1962/02/no? transcript from Merton It has taken me a little time to get around to answer your letter, because I did not want to just [Cold War Letters #32 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
3. 1962/03/no? transcript from Merton I have been reading Gordon Zahn's book which you published. It is a most important and very well [Cold War Letters #58 - transcript from bound set / also publlished in "Letters in a Time of Crisis" #21 from Seeds of Destruction] «detailed view»
4. 1966/08/22 TLS[x] from Merton I have more than laid eyes on your books. I like and recommend many of them, and I think I had use of Sheed's books as novice master - current life as a hermit - Sheed's new book / apology for including letter to Sheed in published book ("Letters in a Time of Crisis" #21 from Seeds of Destruction] «detailed view»

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