The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton (New Directions Paperbook #587) (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811209311, 549pp.
Publication Date: March 17, 1985
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As wide a following as the late Thomas Merton had while he lived, ever since his tragic accidental death in Bangkok in 1968, there has been a steady upsurge of interest in both his life and writings. A priest and Trappist monk by vocation, his theological works have been instrumental in reforming Western monasticism and in carrying on the religious dialog botanist and West; an enormously productive poet, his poems display an astonishing technical versatility and deeply felt humanity. Merton's stature as a critic, however, was not fully appreciated until the publication in 1981 of the first collection of his distinct literary essays, now available as a paperbo ok.