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MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Spaeth, Eloise, circa 1902-1998

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1960-1962

Volume: 25 item(s); 40 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Eloise Spaeth helped review Merton's manuscript for a proposed book entitled, Art and Worship. She advised against his publishing of the book, advice which Merton followed. Merton continued his own art, which entered a new phase of maturity during the rest of the 1960's.

Biography

Eloise Spaeth was a patroness of the arts from New York. She was major force in convincing the Smithsonian Institution to open its Archives of American Art and was a promoter of Guild Hall in East Hampton. (Source: "SPAETH, ELOISE O'MARA". New York Times [online]. 6 Sep. 1998. Accessed 22 May 2006. Bellarmine University Library. ‹http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9400E1DC133CF935A3575AC0A96E958260›.)

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

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1960/07/18 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonBob Giroux has been promising me for a very long time that you would help me to fill in the gaps  [second page is a drawing by Merton]
 1960/07/18 (#02)TL[c]from MertonBob Giroux has been promising me for a very long time that you would help me to fill in the gaps   
 1960/10/25 TL[x]from Wright, John J.These thoughtful reflections of Father Thomas Merton and the exquisite reproductions which accompany  [John J. Wright was the Bishop of Pittsburgh at the time and writes in praise of <i>Art and Worship</i>]
 1960/11/07 TL[x]from MertonMany thanks for your kind letter and for the photographs. I am especially taken with some of them--   
 1960/11/11 TLS[x]from MertonI enclose a copy of Bishop Wright's Prefatory Note to ART AND WORSHIP. I've sent him the copy   
 1960/11/23 TLS[x]from MertonYour books has arrived and I am not just being polite when I say I am delighted to have it.   
 1961/05/09 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letter and for the catalogue of the Tate exhibit. I found the layout   
 1961/06/19 TLS[x]from MertonYour spring must have been pretty hectic and I think mine was no less so, though I admit I am not   
 1961/07/25 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letter of a while back. I agree with you that we have to keep going   
 1961/12/01 (#01)TALSto MertonI should hang a mea culpa sign around my neck, fast on bread and water and stand in the corner   
 1961/12/01 (#02)TLS[x]to MertonI should hang a mea culpa sign around my neck, fast on bread and water and stand in the corner   
 1962/01/21 TAL[c]to MertonHave just turned off The Catholic Hour "Fire Watch". It is a beautiful and moving piece of work   
 undated/08/21 (#01)TL[x]to Longley, Fr.You may well wonder why I have the temerity to burden you with my problems but I was told by Mr.   
 undated/08/21 (#02)TL[x]to Fallani, GiovanniMy husband and I were most impressed with the beautiful brochure explaining your activities which  [to Msgr. Giovanni Fallani, Director, Pontifical Institute of Christian Art, Piazza della Cancelleria in Rome, Italy]
 undated/10/13 TAL[x]to Fraretti, CostantinoI am sorry to be so late in sending you the money for the four photos that you said you would have  [Fr. Costantino Fraretti (sp?) from Rome, Italy]
 undated/no/no other[x]    [3 barely legible notes copied onto one page with names and addresses]
 undated/no/no other[x]to Merton#1 Page 3 [-] The term ikon should be used as a noun. To substitute it for image is un-necessarily   
 undated/no/no other[x]to Merton<u>Notes</u> [-] In his <u>first</u> sentence of the book Merton cited examples as he went along -  [handwritten notes by Spaeth on Merton's manuscript on <i>Art and Worship</i>]
 undated/no/no other[c]to MertonA few comments on Art and Worship by Eloise Spaeth. I like the fact that the difference  [typed and annotated notes by Spaeth on Merton's manuscript for <i>Art and Worship</i>]
 undated/no/no TL[c]from Getlein, FrankI have read Merton's manuscript three times now and it is my best advice that you have nothing to do  [this copy not signed (see next record) - likely art critic Frank Getlein]
 undated/no/no TLS[x]from Getlein, FrankI have read Merton's manuscript three times now and it is my best advice that you have nothing to do  [signed "Frank" - likely art critic Frank Getlein]
 undated/no/no TLSto MertonNice to have the old school remember one isn't it? Congratulations. I think that it is time we got   
 undated/no/no other[x]to MertonNotes on Merton Material. [-] Bad Merton: no vitality, even the usual stunning phraseology   
 undated/no/no HLS[x]from MertonOne way in which we might save some time tomorrow would be to have some kind of breakfast   
 undated/no/no HN[x] Robert Giroux of Farrar Straus &amp; Giroux asked me to colaborate [sic] on a book with the trappist  [note by Spaeth on being asked to collaborate on <i>Art and Worship</i> with Merton and the outcome]
        

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