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.
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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