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Joel Wells

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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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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1964/04/07 TL[c] from Merton For a long time I have been thinking about your letter, and have wanted to write something «detailed view»
2. 1965/06/23 TLS to Merton I am writing in the hope that you will consider doing an article for us on the general theme: «detailed view»
3. 1965/06/27 TL[c] from Merton I will do my level best to get an article on Existentialism to you before August 15th. It happens, «detailed view»
4. 1965/08/12 TLS to Merton I can't tell you how tremendously pleased I am with THE OTHER SIDE OF DESPAIR. It is exactly what «detailed view»
5. 1965/11/11 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton I am afraid there was a mistake in my existentialism article. Do you think you could give me «detailed view»
6. 1965/11/11 (#02) TL[c] from Merton I am afraid there was a mistake in my existentialism article. Do you think you could give me «detailed view»
7. 1966/04/20 TLS from Merton Here is a piece that might possibly be of use to you in the Critic. The prefatory note will «detailed view»
8. 1966/04/26 TLS to Merton I'm glad to have LOVE AND SOLITUDE which is certainly different. I'm sure I didn't follow you «detailed view»
9. 1966/10/11 TALS to Merton I wonder if you would be interested and have the time before December 15 to review [asking if Merton will review An Existential Approach to Theology by G. M. A. Jansen, O.P., to which Merton notes in pen, "answered 'No' Oct. 14"] «detailed view»
10. 1966/10/12 TL[c] from Merton Congratulations on the really splendid issue of The Critic. I was glad to be in it and very «detailed view»
11. 1967/02/17 TL[c] from Merton Here is the review of the Faulkner essays. I hope it is not too long, but if it is: you have «detailed view»
12. 1967/10/04 TLS to Merton Your very interesting exchange with Dr. Marty in the N.C.R. brought to mind something I have been «detailed view»
13. 1967/10/16 TLS to Merton My thanks for your letter of October 11. I can certainly understand your situation. I won't hold «detailed view»
14. 1968/02/08 TLS to Merton A South African novelist, Alan Paton, has just published an unusual little book of meditations «detailed view»
15. 1968/02/10 TL[c] from Merton I have seen the little Book of Meditations by Alan Paton, as Seabury sent it for a blurb. «detailed view»
16. 1976/10/11 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter of the 4th, and its offer. The series is a good idea, and I have certainly «detailed view»

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