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Author QuotedDaniel Berrigan S.J.
Title QuotedWorld for Wedding Ring
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/11/27
ImprintNew York : Macmillan Company. 1962
QuotationJust got your blanks from the Goggenbuch Stipend House. I will write you up a litany of praises that will knock them off their chairs. I will tell them you are Scipio, Cicero, John O'Hara and twenty-five other people, including Berrigan. Your last book of poems deserves half a dozen Guggenheims. It is really splendid, you have really got in there now: the others I always felt were sort of tending in the right direction, now you are on your beam. I didn't find any cliches anywhere, and that in a book by a Catholic and a religious is a major miracle. It is terse and even Zen-like, and it is the integrity of the experience that above all comes through. Great, man, great.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 75
Letter toDaniel Berrigan
Link to Merton's Copy 42609 

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