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.

6. A Life in Letters: The Essential Collection

There have been many collections of Merton’s letters published over the five decades since his death, but this is the essential introduction that offers a broad look into his correspondence, an oft-overlooked facet of his writing.



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