The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Citation of Books Detail

Click here to return to the main list

Author QuotedT.S. Eliot
Title QuotedWaste Land
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/02/04
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1922I
QuotationThis morning, sitting alone at a big empty table in the vasty hall of the caf' I reflected upon the elegant works of T. S. Eliot, particularly the part in the "Waste Land" where he says O, O, O, That Shakes-pearian rag It's so elegant It's so intelligent and then I thought to myself, wasn't he bold when he wrote that. How sly! What an independent little old elf! How cute! The lines embarrassed me the moment I was sixteen, and I didn't realize, until this morning, how much.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 301
Letter to 
Link to Merton's Copy  

(If there is a link above showing up as a number, click it to open another window with a full text version.)