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Author McDonald, Joan C., 1933-

Title Tom Merton : a personal biography / by Joan C. McDonald
Published Milwaukee, Wis. : Marquette University Press, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (468 pages) : illustrations
Contents Short title page; title page TOM MERTON A PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY by Joan C. McDonald; copyright page; Illustrations; Table of Contents; Dedication; To the Reader; Introduction; Book One; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; BOOK TWO; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16; Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; Chapter 21; Chapter 22; Chapter 23; Chapter 24; Chapter 25; BOOK THREE; Chapter 26; Chapter 27; Chapter 28; Chapter 29; Chapter 30; BOOK FOUR; Chapter 31; BOOK FIVE
Chapter 32Chapter 33; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Summary "This is the first biography of Thomas Merton that tells about him as he wanted us to know him. Merton did not choose to keep his most personal writing secret (he provided for his diaries to be released 25 years after his death), but rather chose to be remembered as a monk whose most human faults should be revealed. He proved he had flaws by carefully recording them; it was a most generous gift. In the bargain, he wanted his readers to believe that the principles he espoused are in fact practicable for anyone, not just those who live like a saint." "This biography combines the details of those diaries with the more widely known and published circumstances of his life. Here we meet Merton, first as Tom, then as Thomas, the writer both before and after The Seven Storey Mountain. We see the all-too-human fellow traveler we have come to know as he climbs the final mountain of his life; Kanchenjuga Mountain was a symbol of this journey. Within these pages Merton reveals his hopes and dreams against the backdrop of an incredibly turbulent period of social change that both frightened and energized him. We witness his love of the rich Cistercian tradition and his adjustment to its evolving practices following Vatican II. Here he interacts with some of the most notable international figures of his time, and he confides to us the difficulties he had in everyday relationships." "This is the first biography to present, along with a comprehensive publishing history, a detailed picture with photographs and other previously unpublished illustrations of events significant to him."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968
Trappists -- United States -- Biography
Monks -- United States -- Biography
RELIGION -- Institutions & Organizations.
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781435610613