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 reading guide to some of the Best Thomas Merton books . I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.
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.