Thomas Merton – Intro Reading Guide.

January 29, 2016



Sunday is the birthday of Thomas Merton, born 31 January 1915.

Merton was a monk who not only wrote elegantly about contemplative life, but also was a gifted poet and social critic. Here is an introductory guide to some of his best books. I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.

3. The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton

This is a massive, and expensive, volume (and not available in ebook format), but it is worth every single penny of its price (and more), and understanding Merton as a poet really helps to bring the rest of his work into perspective.


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