Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 17


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The Merton Annual publishes articles about Thomas Merton and about related matters of major concern to his life and work. Its purpose is to enhance Merton’s reputation as a writer and monk, to continue to develop his message for our times, and to provide a regular outlet for substantial Merton-related scholarship. The Merton Annual includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.  Essays about related literary and spiritual matters are also considered.

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  • 2004
  • 9781887752773
  • 376

Product Description

    • Grateful acknowledgement is expressed to the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University for permission to reproduce the calligraphy of Thomas Merton for the cover artwork.


These scholarly essays reveal Merton's developing global concerns. They also reveal his definite disappointment with cultures which are destructive of the particulars of any place, or person... It is also especially appropriate that the unpublished Merton manuscript included here should be an excerpt from his Peace in the Post-Christian Era. Truly, Merton's love for God made it imperative that he think as widely as possible, indeed globally.
Victor A. Kramer, Editor, The Merton Annual
A note about the cover illustration: Calligraphic drawing by Thomas Merton, dating to the 1960s. Reflecting Merton's search in visual art for signs that are true to Christian contemplative experience yet free of restrictive convention, the image suggests a reimagining of levels of inwardness in the human being through a primordial sign that recalls both early Chinese pictographs and tribal art.
Roger Lipsey, Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton (Shambhala, 2006)