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Merton's Correspondence with:

Louis Zukofsky

Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968, 1973
Volume: 34 item(s); 51 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Louis Zukofsky and Thomas Merton exchange feedback about each other's work and discuss some of their mutual physical ailments, like bursitis.

Biography

Louis Zukofsky was a poet and professor of English, who was born in New York, where he also spent his professional life. His poetry of the 1930's was considered part of the "objectivist" movement and associated with the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound. Later, he was rediscovered by the Black Mountain poets. He is known for the collection of poems, entitled "A", which spanned his whole writing career from the 1920's to the 1970's and was published the year of his death. (Source: "Zukofsky, Louis." World Authors. 1975. Online. H.W. Wilson. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 4 Oct. 2006. ‹http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com›.)

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Zukofsky in The Courage for Truth, pp. 290-296; see also contributions to Monks Pond, Volume 2.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1967/02/21 (#01) HLS to Merton Happily my publisher calls my attention to your review of ALL and I must thank you for it in itself «detailed view»
2. 1967/02/21 (#02) HLS[x][d] to Merton Happily only publisher calls my attention to your review of ALL and I must thank you for it [draft of letter handwritten on four small sheets] «detailed view»
3. 1967/02/27 HLS[x] from Merton It was very good to get your letter. Don't be distressed by this stationery- only a bursitis «detailed view»
4. 1967/03/02 HLS to Merton Ah me, bursitis that disabling ache among others of that kind we're familiar with. Celia and I hope «detailed view»
5. 1967/03/11 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your letter of nine days ago. The operation seems to have helped and has perhaps «detailed view»
6. 1967/03/11 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Many thanks for your letter of nine days ago. The operation seems to have helped and has perhaps «detailed view»
7. 1967/03/11 (#03) other[x] by Merton Children the time of angry Fathers [-] Is torn off the calendar [-] They turn to shadows [Merton encloses his poem "A Round and a Hope for Smithgirls" with handwritten corrections] «detailed view»
8. 1967/03/16 HLS to Merton I'm happy that you've settled simply on first names. We hope de ilbow, as Kate said, is «detailed view»
9. 1967/03/29 HLS to Merton Dear Tom or Fra Louis, or shall it be either as the (my) instant lets me speak. Celia's thanks «detailed view»
10. 1967/04/15 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your wonderful appreciative letter of couple weeks back. And maybe you find Conjectures «detailed view»
11. 1967/04/15 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your wonderful appreciative letter of couple weeks back. And maybe you find Conjectures «detailed view»
12. 1967/04/20 HLS to Merton The achers here with the acher there acres of sunlight for cure to settle the publisher next week. «detailed view»
13. 1967/05/05 TL[c] from Merton Most grateful for yours of April 20th and for the parens in the Smithgirl poem. You are certainly «detailed view»
14. 1967/05/08 TLS to Merton I'm so happy that my ex-critical eye was not an intrusion, its only value your own changes «detailed view»
15. 1967/06/23 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I don't know if I answered your last letter yet: your suggestion for the end of Smithgirls is fine «detailed view»
16. 1967/06/23 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton I don't know if I answered your last letter yet: your suggestion for the end of Smithgirls is fine «detailed view»
17. 1967/07/05 HLS to Merton Briefly -- or under the weather, both of us. But thanks for [indecipherable word..] of Smithgirls «detailed view»
18. 1967/07/18 TL[c] from Merton The main purpose of my last letter was to thank you for "It Was" and so I didn't mention it! «detailed view»
19. 1967/08/03 HLS to Merton As you say East, West - "though is it over"? Whatever rare momentary cheer, this world offers «detailed view»
20. 1967/08/30 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Shouts from Kentucky. Reading A 18. Two Poetries sent one from Davenport in Lexington and one «detailed view»
21. 1967/08/30 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Shouts from Kentucky. Reading A 18. Two Poetries sent one from Davenport in Lexington and one «detailed view»
22. 1967/09/02 HLS to Merton Too early for flu, or better never - at least those are our wishes for you. Tho we know «detailed view»
23. 1967/11/08 HLS to Merton Guy Davenport calls my attention to "Day of a Stranger," which, if I kept up with the magazines, «detailed view»
24. 1967/12/25? HCS to Merton no wish should [-] hunt, Job watched [-] weather to wish [-] alike all Noël: a glimpse of "A" [Christmas card with handwritten poem by Zukofsky - "a glimpse of 'A'-21"] «detailed view»
25. 1967/12/28 TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the letter and for the little bit of A 21 on the card-- very moving. And now what do you «detailed view»
26. 1967/12/28 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for the letter and for the little bit of A 21 on the card-- very moving. And now what do you «detailed view»
27. 1968/01/02 HLS to Merton Thanks for The Cell - clear! I must be "old fashioned" -- in my leanings to statement. [misdated by Zukofsky as 1967] «detailed view»
28. 1968/02/02 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I know what you mean about the bronchial bug. I've had a wicked January, three or four days very «detailed view»
29. 1968/02/02 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton I know what you mean about the bronchial bug. I've had a wicked January, three or four days very «detailed view»
30. 1968/03/21 HPCS to Merton Just to say thanks for Monks Pond I - and aims and ends to it - to wit your editorial note «detailed view»
31. 1970/07/06 TLS[x] from Griffin, John Howard As you may know, I am preparing the authorized biography of Thomas Merton. «detailed view»
32. 1970/07/09 HLS[x] to Griffin, John Howard To answer your of the 6th: I shall always regret not meeting Tom Merton, I had hoped so much we «detailed view»
33. 1973/11/30 TLS from Center to Zukofsky, Louis Mr. Victor Kramer at Georgia State University has requested permission to look at your «detailed view»
34. 1973/12/10 HNS to Center from Zukofsky, Louis Thank you for writing. Permission herewithin and Season's Greetings. [-] Louis Zukofsky [written on the letter send to him and returned to the Merton Center] «detailed view»

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