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Bonazzi, Robert

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1966-1968

Volume: 21 item(s); 23 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Before approaching Merton for submissions to his magazine, Robert Bonazzi had met two of Merton's friends, Mark Van Doren and John Howard Griffin. Griffin gave Bonazzi a poem about Robert Lax that he wanted to publish. The letters primarily concern publication matters. Among what was published were essays, poems, photographs and drawings (referred to as "signatures") by Merton. Also mentioned is the founding of Merton's own "little magazine" Monks Pond.


Robert Bonazzi was founder and editor of Latitudes magazine, which began in 1966.

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See also contributions to Monks Pond, p. 229.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1966/10/14 TALSto MertonJohn Griffin wrote me as soon as he got back from the Abbey with you and Jacques Maritain. He said   
 1966/10/19 TAPCSto MertonThank you so much for the ok on the poem. I will of course makesome [sic] reference to the personal   
 1967/01/18 HLSto MertonCongratulations on your fantastic poem, "Fall '66", in NY REVIEW (Dec. 15 issue) -- I am going to   
 1967/05/13 TL[c]from MertonI have been meaning to write and thank you for the first issue of Latitudes. I liked it, especially   
 1967/05/22 TALSto MertonFirst rule of publishing: a Monk should never allow an editor to edit out what might be considered   
 1967/09/01 TLSto MertonWe have decided to make #3 and #4 a DOUBLE ISSUE for many reasons: 1) to balance political material   
 1967/09/08 TL[c]from MertonPerfectly ok to use the quote from "Letter to Innocent Bystander". And of course to put off "Monk"   
 1967/09/17 TALSto MertonHave chosen from CABLES what could stand as individual poems. (see carbons from copies of these   
 1967/09/28 TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for your letter and the returned ms. I am chacking [sic] immediately with New   
 1967/10/03 (#01)TLS[c]from Griffin, John HowardGregory and I are in a dudgeon over these Merton photos. After we mocked up a first cover.  [carbon copy sent to Merton - see 1967/10/03[2] for note to Merton typed on the same page]
 1967/10/03 (#02)TN from Griffin, John Howard / to MertonYou will probably have the prints from E&F when you receive this. I enclose a marvelous can  [note to Merton typed on the same page as 1967/10/03[1] letter to Robert Bonazzi]
 1967/10/03 (#03)TALSto MertonWhat a very moving collection of signatures. We are mulling over them now but definitely want to   
 1967/10/08? TALSto MertonSince last writing you we have decided to do a little 20-page quarto to commemorate the 4th  [no date - annotated "Oct. 8"]
 1967/10/09 TLSto MertonJust returned from Griffin's. The photographs are fantastic! We will just flip them with the   
 1967/10/10 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter: glad everything is working out. I am happy that you can use the signature   
 1967/10/15 TLSto MertonAcknowledging your letter which clarified CABLES TO THE [sic] ACE and all news of signatures and   
 1967/12/06 TLSto MertonJohn is genuinely frantic about your special issue of Latitudes, concerning copyright. Well I wrote   
 1967/12/10 TL[c]from MertonI don't see any problems whatever about the copyrights. It seems to me everything is in apple pie   
 1967/12/26 TLSto MertonHeard the long almighty & beautiful tape at John Griffin's last weekend and he made me a copy,   
 1968/01/31 TLSto MertonThank you for your note. What is this about starting a magazine of your own? I suppose you mean on   
 1968/02/29 TL[c]from MertonSorry for not letting you know sooner about the poems, pix etc. I don't want to keep a whole batch   

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