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Merton's Correspondence with:

Lavin Cerda, Hernan; Hernan Lavin Cerda; Hernán Lavín Cerda; Cerda, Hernan Lavin

Lavín Cerda, Hernán, 1939-  printer

One of the photographs sent by Lavín Cerda of his home in Chile.  He points out his chapel in the distance.  (Copyright Thomas Merton Legacy Trust.)  
One of the photographs sent by Lavín Cerda of his home in Chile. He points out his chapel in the distance. (Copyright Thomas Merton Legacy Trust.) 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965-1967
Volume: 20 item(s); 29 pg(s)

Scope and Content

After Merton employs his help in translation of some Spanish poems, Hernán Lavín Cerda tells Merton how much he likes some of his work and sends Merton some poems. Lavín Cerda began asking Merton questions related to the cultural exchange between the United States and Latin America. He published Merton's answers in the September 15, 1967 issue of Punto Final (Santiago, Chile). See the item below dated 1967/08/12[2], which is a copy of the reprint from The Merton Annual. Original manuscripts of the article are in the Merton Center's collection (see Sub-Section E.1 of the classification).

Biography

Hernán Lavín Cerda is a poet who was born in Chile in 1939. Merton first contacts him in 1965, regarding some help he sought in regard to the translation of some poems. Lavín Cerda had to flee Chile after the military coup of 1973 and settled in Mexico City as a professor. He continued to write poetry and published a number of volumes. (Source: The Courage for Truth, p. 204.)

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters in The Courage for Truth, pp. 204-206; and Merton's answers to questions posed by Lavín Cerda in The Merton Annual, Volume 2, 1989.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1965/09/07 TAL to Merton Desde hace algún tiempo le lleve a usted y a sus poemas -conozco muy pocos- en la cabeza. «detailed view»
2. 1965/10/06 TL[c] from Merton Gracias de tu carta y de tus libros muy buenos, con que estoy completamente de acuerdo. «detailed view»
3. 1965/10/12 TALS to Merton Con una inmensa alegría he recibido, justamente, hace unos momentos, algunas horas, «detailed view»
4. 1966/02/11 (#01) TLS to Merton Ayer recibí tus poemas; estoy empezando a traducirlos; muchas, muchas gracias. Cómo estás tú, «detailed view»
5. 1966/02/11 (#02) other   poemas - Hernán Lavín Cerda [-] PARAPSICOLOGÍA [-] Hace tanto tiempo que no te veo, ¿qué será [typescript of five poems by Lavín Cerda - "Parapsicologia", "Psicoquenesia", "Juego de Naipes", "Honestidad" and "Historia Universal"] «detailed view»
6. 1967/07/no TLS to Merton Después de tanto tiempo te mando estas pocas líneas. ¿Cómo quedó al fin tu columna? «detailed view»
7. 1967/08/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Antes de todo quiero alabar tus neuropoemas: un libro de primera clase. Me gusta todo. «detailed view»
8. 1967/08/12 (#02) other   ANSWERS FOR HERNAN LAVIN CERDA: On War, Technology and the Intellectual [-] By Thomas [Merton responded in English to a number of questions Lavín Cerda posed to him and seemingly attached the response to this letter, but that response is not extant - it was reprinted in The Merton Annual, Vol. 2, 1989 and included is a photocopy of Merton's answers] «detailed view»
9. 1967/08/no TAL to Merton te leo y te abrazo, entre la lluvia y el Rinoceronte. Soy tu amigo. Te pido, por lo mismo que «detailed view»
10. 1967/09/19 TALS to Merton Sinceramente, y con mucha alegría, te envío el número de Punto Final con tu entrevista publicada. «detailed view»
11. 1967/10/20 TL[c] from Merton Te agradezco tu carta y la copie de Punto Final: estaba muy contento, sobre todo porque me decías «detailed view»
12. undated/no/no other   [color photograph of adults and children in the distance entering a wooden building - printed date of March 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»
13. undated/no/no other   [color photograph of adults and children in the distance entering a wooden building - printed date of April 1965, but date sent unclear - labeled "A 123"] «detailed view»
14. undated/no/no other   [color photograph of a man with a camera ringing two overhead bells in a wooden, open-sided building with a dirt floor - printed date of February 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»
15. undated/no/no other   al lado de la palmera está la iglesia (con techo de barro) [color photograph of a bay with a sail boat and a smaller boat with oars - there is a chapel in the distance - printed date of March 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»
16. undated/no/no other   Foto aérea [-] 1 lugar donde está la iglesia [-] 2 lugar apropiado para un solitario [black and white aerial photograph of Lavín Cerda's home in Chile - he has marked with a 1 and 2 in pen on the photo over areas where there is a chapel and a good place for a hermit - labeled "042"] «detailed view»
17. undated/no/no other   Otra bahía, al otro lado, también junto a la iglesia. [color photograph of a bay - printed date of March 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»
18. undated/no/no TLS to Merton recibí tu última carta: salió todo bien. Aquí te mando este libro que apareció hace un par de días «detailed view»
19. undated/no/no other   Una bahía, junto a la iglesia. [color photograph of a bay - printed date of March 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»
20. undated/no/no other   Yo, con los dos compañeros color[..] brazos (ellos en traje de campesinos, que es el que usamos [color photograph of a Mass with a priest, two altar servers and a photographer in a wooden, open-sided building with a dirt floor - printed date of April 1965, but date sent unclear] «detailed view»

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