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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dorothy Dohen

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967
Volume: 4 item(s); 5 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Dohen discuss the praise and criticism in Catholic circles involving Dohen's book Nationalism and American Catholicism. They also discuss Merton's Mystics and Zen Masters.


Dorothy Dohen was a sociologist, author and professor at Fordham University in New York.

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See also "Câmara Pessoa, Helder" file for Câmara's positive perspective on Dohen's book.

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1. 1967/04/08 TL[c] from Merton We are nelghbors in this month's Critic and I must say that I was sorry to see the review you got. Archbishop Helder Câmara stated Dohen's book to be "prophetic" «detailed view»
2. 1967/04/12 HLS to Merton I've just written to Sheed and Ward to send you a copy of my book. Yes, Dom Helder was most «detailed view»
3. 1967/04/29 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter of the 12th and for the book which reached me promptly. I am certainly glad Merton sending an "anti-poem about the bomb" (likely "Original Child Bomb") and a copy of his book Mystics and Zen Masters, especially thinking Dohen would appreciate his essay "From Pilgrimage to Crusade" «detailed view»
4. 1967/05/13 TLS to Merton Even with the de-emphasizing of clerical paternalism in the modern Church I've found it impossible Ivan Illich / Merton's essay, "The English Mystics," in Mystics and Zen Masters - Julian of Norwich / distrust of mysticism - Vatican II - Daniel Callahan's article, "The Renewal Mess" / questions Merton omitting the Spanish mystics - connection between St. John of the Cross and Zen «detailed view»

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