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Merton's Correspondence with:

Jeanne Burdick

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961-1962, 1970
Volume: 6 item(s); 9 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Jeanne Burdick was working in physical medicine and rehabilitation at a veterans' hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Her agnosticism had left her feeling empty but had trouble accepting religious and mystical thought and asks Merton for help in explaining his religious experience.

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #15 (see also Seeds of Destruction, "Letters in a Time of Crisis" #7) and another letter, published in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp.108-110.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1961/11/21 TLS to Merton With hesitancy I write you this letter. Seldom have I ever spoken to a priest, much less written Sigmund Freud / agnosticism / explanation of Merton's quote from The Seven Storey Mountain about the "disinterested love of God" «detailed view»
2. 1961/12/26 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton For several weeks I have wanted to find an opportunity to answer your letter with its one very [Cold War Letters #15] responds to Burdick's question about "disinterested love" - charity, agape rather than eros - mysticism, the Zen tradition, Hassidim, Jewish tzaddiks of Central Europe and Poland (Buber) / Sigmund Freud - "a great puritan" / sending some writings of D. T. Suzuki «detailed view»
3. 1961/12/26 (#02) transcript from Merton For several weeks I have wanted to find an opportunity to answer your letter with its one very [Cold War Letters #15 - from mimeographed collection of letters] responds to Burdick's question about "disinterested love" - charity, agape rather than eros - mysticism, the Zen tradition, Hassidim, Jewish tzaddiks of Central Europe and Poland (Buber) / Sigmund Freud - "a great puritan" / D. T. Suzuki «detailed view»
4. 1961/12/26 (#03) transcript from Merton (not for publication) "The way I would express it now is in purely religious and symbolic terms. [Cold War Letters #15 - excerpt (shorter version of others of the same date) labelled "not for publication" - fuller form of the letter was published] «detailed view»
5. 1962/06/11 TLS[x] from Merton I was happy and surprised to get your good letter, and very glad for you. Certainly the dimensions true self versus false self / faith and crisis / suggested authors and publications to read to weather bad times «detailed view»
6. 1970/12/10 TLS to Center from Burdick, Jeanne As a response to your letter of October 5th concerning correspondence between Thomas Merton «detailed view»

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