Thomas Merton: Man and Monk

Gray, Francine du Plessix
May 1979
New Republic;5/26/79, Vol. 180 Issue 21, p23
Looks at the life and work of monk and poet Thomas Merton. Number of volumes of poetry and prose written by Merton; Merton as the most eloquent theorist of non-violence; Paradoxes of Merton's life; Central problem which plagued the last decade of Merton's life; Merton's affinity with Zen; Poet and essayist George Woodcock's interpretation of Merton's thoughts; Primitive fatality about the obituary which reported Merton's death on December 11, 1969.


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