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Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1915-01-31 - 1968-12-10

Biographical Note

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in Prades, France to Owen Merton (an artist from New Zealand) and Ruth Jenkins Merton (an American artist). Merton studied both in Europe and America, and he graduated with an M.A. in journalism from Columbia in 1939. In 1938, Merton converted to Catholicism. He entered Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky in 1941 after teaching for two years at St. Bonaventure College in New York. Merton also became a prominent author of both poetry and prose, gaining international renown for his 1948 autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. While maintaining his strict devotional life, he prolifically wrote books and articles on a wide variety of subjects ranging from literary criticism to Zen Buddhism. A significant voice for the renewal of the contemplative life in Catholic spirituality, Merton died in 1968.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jim Forest papers regarding Thomas Merton

 Collection
Abstract

These papers document the friendship and scholarly relationship between twentieth-century Catholic authors Jim Forest and Thomas Merton. The papers contain Merton's correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs. Forest's papers include his own manuscripts, most on Merton or their mutual friend Dorothy Day, correspondence with others regarding Merton, newspaper clippings, articles, and a recording of a lecture he gave on Merton.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1915-1996, undated; Majority of material found within 1962 - 1996

Thomas Merton collection

 Collection
Abstract

This is an intentionally assembled collection of the Trappist monk, poet and writer Thomas Merton. It includes original manuscripts of books, essays, letters and poems written by Thomas Merton.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1940-1986

Francis W. Sweeney, S.J. papers

 Collection
Abstract Articles, correspondence, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs documenting the religious and professional life of twentieth-century American author and educator Francis W. Sweeney, S.J. Correspondence includes letters from fellow Boston College faculty member J. A. Appleyard, as well as Thomas Merton, publishing companies, and members of the Sweeney family. Manuscript and published versions of many of Sweeney's articles, book reviews, monographs, and poems are included. Sweeney's career at...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. One phonograph record has been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1900-2001