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Merton's Correspondence with:

Alfonso Cortes; Cortes, Alfonso; Alfonso Cortés

Cortés, Alfonso, 1893-1969  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965-1967
Volume: 10 item(s); 32 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Known as "El Poeta Loco" of Nicaragua, Merton had a profound respect for his works and metaphysical insights. Christine Bochen states that "[i]n a brief essay introducing his translations of poems by Cortés, Merton recalls Ernesto Cardenal's account of seeing Cortés chained to a beam in Rubén Dario's house, where he is said to have gone insane on February 18, 1927 (source: The Courage for Truth, p. 176).

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to Cortés in The Courage for Truth, pp. 176-178.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1965/04/20 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Je suis très heureux d'avoir entre les mains votre nouveau livre, Las Rimas universelles, [file includes an English translation from The Courage for Truth and a Spanish translation] «detailed view»
2. 1965/04/20 (#02) TAL[x] from Merton Je suis très heureux d'avoir entre les mains votre nouveau livre, Las Rimas universelles, [contains an additional handwritten note, which does not appear in The Courage for Truth] «detailed view»
3. 1965/09/03 TL[x] from Merton Je vous écris ces quelques pour vous faire savoir que je m'unis à vos souffrances avant le Seigneur [file includes an English translation from The Courage for Truth] «detailed view»
4. 1965/12/21 TLS[x] from Merton Je suis très heureux d'avoir votre nouveau livre de poèmes qui sans doute sera un des plus [file includes an English translation from The Courage for Truth] «detailed view»
5. 1966/05/03 other to Cardenal, Ernesto Al Padre Ernesto Cardenal. ( en su retiro de Solentiname). [-] Con paz contesto tu parta, padre, [poem written for Ernesto Cardenal] «detailed view»
6. 1967/10/01 TLS[x] from Merton J'ai bien reçu l'envoi de vos deux derniers livres et je suis surtout enchante par votre belle [file includes an English translation from The Courage for Truth] «detailed view»
7. 1969/02/03 other   Alfonso Cortés [-] 9 de Diciembre de 1893 - 3 de Febrero de 1969 [-] León, Nicaragua, C. A. [photograph and poems - inscribed by Maria Luisa Cortes to the Merton Center, July 15, 1970 - transferred from Sub-Section D.7] «detailed view»
8. 1969/02/no (#01) other   HONRAS FUNEBRES al poeta ALFONSO CORTES [-] León de Nicaragua [inscribed by Maria Luisa Cortes to the Merton Center, July 15, 1970 - transferred from Sub-Section D.7] «detailed view»
9. 1969/02/no (#02) other   HOMENAJE De La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua AL POETA ALFONSO CORTES [photographs and poems - inscribed by Maria Luisa Cortes to the Merton Center, July 15, 1970 - transferred from Sub-Section D.7] «detailed view»
10. undated/no/no other from Merton Pour Don Alfonso Cortés, [...] LE SECRET [-] Puisque je suis [-] Imaginaire [-] La belle vie [poem "Le Secret" with a handwritten note from Merton to Cortés (photocopy)] «detailed view»

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