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Thomas Merton - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Thomas Merton

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Thomas Merton   (1915 - 1968)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  January 31, 1915
Prades, France
 
Died:  December 10, 1968
Bangkok, Thailand
 
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Thomas Merton - LIFE STORIES
 
 
12/10/1941     Thomas Merton, Monk and Mountain
On this day in 1941 twenty-six-year-old Thomas Merton entered the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist Order near Bardstown, Kentucky; and on this day in 1968 the fifty-three-year-old Merton died in Bangkok, Thailand, from accidental electrocution. In between, Merton wrote the best-selling The Seven Storey Mountain (as well as a mountain of other journalism, journal-writing and poetry) and came to embody, for many, " the quest for God and for human solidarity."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Contemplative Prayer
religion & spirituality
 
New Seeds of Contemplation
religion & spirituality
 
Seeds
religion & spirituality
 
Spiritual Direction and Meditation
religion & spirituality
 
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
by Thomas Merton, Patrick Hart (Editor), Naomi B. Stone (Editor)
journal
 
The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton
poetry
 
The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation
religion & spirituality
 
The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals
journals, memoirs
 
The New Man
religion & spirituality
 
The Seven Storey Mountain
religion & spirituality
 
Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master: The Essential Writings
by Lawrence S. Cunningham (Editor), Thomas Merton
anthology
 
Way of Chuang Tzu
religion & spirituality
 
When Prophecy Still Had a Voice: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax
by Thomas Merton, Robert Lax, Arthur W. Biddle (Editor)
correspondence
 
Wisdom of the Desert
religion & spirituality
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Merton & Judaism: Recognition, Repentence, and Renewal: Holiness in Words
by Beatrice Bruteau, Victor A. Kramer
analysis and criticism
 
Merton and Hesychasm
by Jonathan Montaldo (Editor), Bernadette Dieker (Editor)
analysis and criticism
 
Reading Thomas Merton: A Guide to His Life and Work
by John Laughlin
guide, biography
 
Something of a Rebel: Thomas Merton His Life and Works: An Introduction
by William H. Shannon
biography
 
The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia
by William H. Shannon, Christine M. Bochen, Patrick F. O'Connell
reference
 
The Vision of Thomas Merton
by Patrick F. O'Connell (Editor), Patrick Hart
biography, memoirs
 
Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization
by Robert Harlen King
religion & spirituality
 
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Abbey of Gethsemani
This website produced by the abbey where Merton lived offers a short biography, a description of a monk's day, and a short history of early monasticism, the Cistercians, and the Gethsemani abbey.

"... Merton wrote prolifically on a vast range of topics, including the contemplative life, prayer, and religious biographies. His writings would later take up controversial issues (e.g., social problems and Christian responsibility: race relations, violence, nuclear war, and economic injustice) and a developing ecumenical concern. He was one of the first Catholics to commend the great religions of the East to Roman Catholic Christians in the West."
Essay: "Thomas Merton's Monastic Reading of the Bible"
Read a short scholarly essay which examines Merton's views on the divide between religion and the literary arts:

"Merton's central point is this: the Scriptures are not primarily concerned with history or literature, though they contain both; they are centrally concerned with the spiritual experience of the presence of the Holy Spirit which flows from an authentic reading of the great Christian texts of both the Liturgy and the Scriptures. Such reading, however, assumes that we have experienced ourselves as 'summoned to a deeper spiritual awareness, far beyond the level of subject and object.' At no point is a Christian justified in considering his or her tradition as the sole source of effective symbols...."
Firewatch
Find articles and links on contemplation and monasticism. Also offers a bibliography and essays from the journal Research on the Contemplative Life: An Electronic Quarterly which include such titles as:

  • "The Meaning of the Contemplative Life According to Thomas Merton"

  • "Thomas Merton: The Rediscovered Geography of an American Mystic"

  • "Thomas Merton's Poetry: Emblems of a Sacret Season"
  • Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland
    This scholarly website offers little in the way of online resources, but is a useful starting point for locating academic papers and dissertations about Merton.
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