The Art of Thomas Merton
New Seeds, Hardcover, 9781590303139, 197pp.
Publication Date: April 18, 2006
But the centerpiece of the book is the art itself, presented in a portfolio of thirty-four representative pieces that reflect the changing themes and methods of Merton's work. Each is accompanied by selections from his writings from the 1960s that reflect the inward and outward territories Merton was exploring in the period when these remarkable images were created.
Paul M. Pearson is director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and chief of research for the Merton Legacy Trust. He is resident secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society, served as president for the tenth administration. He completed his PhD at Heythrop College, London, and his masters in library and information science at University College, London.
Winner of the 2007 Thomas Merton Award from the International Thomas Merton Society
"Lipsey is a fine messenger for Merton. There are few books that so readably and thoroughly admire the practice of any artist as beautifully as Lipsey's does. Lipsey is a master of interpretation, guiding more than leading headstrong, nudging the reader to join with him and with Merton in the act of creating, and then in understanding the consequence of that creation. Lipsey's quietly argued book creates a strong context for continued appreciation of this giant light from the last century—a light that shines, we see, through still more lenses than we previously knew."—Parabola
"Roger Lipsey has custom-built the very place, perhaps, that Merton dreamed of finding for his work; an authentic refuge for luminous things and curious treasures."—Suzi Gablik, author of The Reenchantment of Art
"Kudos to Roger Lipsey for opening up Thomas Merton's visual art, which has been largely ignored until now by his reading public as well as by most Merton scholars and interpreters of his work. Our gratitude for Angelic Mistakes is boundless, both to the author and publisher. This richly illustrated volume is the best introduction to the mature visual world of Thomas Merton, which deserves a wide audience."—Brother Patrick Hart, Thomas Merton's secretary, editor of The Intimate Merton <p align="left">"It's not easy to write about the deeply wordless world from which these haunting images emerged, but at last the challenge to think out loud about this neglected side of Merton has been taken up by Roger Lipsey. Breaking new ground, Lipsey thoughtfully explores aspects of Merton-as-artist."—Jim Forest, author of Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton
"This astonishing book looks at an aspect of Merton's life that has been almost ignored—his art—and shows, with copious quotations and profound insight, that it was a visual expression of his prayer. Here we have access to that wordless, imageless experience that was nearer to him than life itself. It is a book to be read slowly, quietly, and repeatedly: a wonderful book."—Sister Wendy Beckett, host of the PBS series Sister Wendy's American Collection
"A remarkable piece of work and a remarkable piece of publishing."—Phyllis Tickle, author of Prayer Is a Place: America's Religious Landscape Observed