Thomas Merton Center

Manuscripts in Sub-Section C.3:

Ascent to truth, The

Item 1 - 

First Lines:  [..] manuscript reached the publication stage in a mann totally unexpected, not because of his

Sub-Type:  Proof sheets

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Page proofs (incomplete)

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  206

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Identical to other full set of pages proofs (215 pages), but missing cover and first nine pages of Author's Note, begins on roman numeral x. Includes front cover art. Accession from Gethsemani Abbey, December 2013.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 2 - 

First Lines:  Author's Note As soon as the reader has penetrated to the substance of this book, he will understand

Sub-Type:  Proof sheets

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Page proofs

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  215

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Includes front cover art. Accession from Gethsemani Abbey, December 2013.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 3 - 

First Lines:  [..]tions, visions, ecstasies, and other extraordinary experiences can quite easily be supernatural.

Sub-Type:  Proof sheets

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Page proofs (fragment)

Date:  no-month no-day, 1951

Number of pages:  9

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 4 - 

First Lines:  PART THREE THE WAY TO CONTEMPLATION. In the opening lines of his Spiritual Canticle,* St John

Sub-Type:  Manuscript

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Typescript

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  77

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Fragment of manuscript (part three) with holograph corrections by Merton and other editorial corrections. Donated in September of 2005 by Robert Giroux.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 5 - 

First Lines:  The Truth man needs is God Himself. But God is never really known unless He is also loved.

Sub-Type:  Manuscript

Draft:  1st

Copy Type:  Holograph and typescript

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  355

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  First draft of manuscript with Merton's corrections and other editorial changes. Donated in September of 2005 by Robert Giroux.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 6 - Biographical Note (appendix material)

First Lines:  Biographical Notes (The theological writers named and quoted in the course of this volume are,

Sub-Type:  Proof sheets

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Galley proof

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  6

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Includes galley page numbers, 103-108. Accession from Gethsemani Abbey, December 2013.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 7 - Fire cloud and darkness 2. [Fire, cloud and darkness - The Cloud and the fire]

First Lines:  outline Part 1- Doctrine and Experience-- Religion must be seen as a whole-- not merely

Sub-Type:  Manuscript

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Typescript carbon and mimeograph with holograph corrections

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  348

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Early draft of "Ascent to Truth" with minor editorial corrections not by Merton. Donated in September of 2005 by Robert Giroux.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 8 - Sources

First Lines:  PROLOGUE 1. C. G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul (New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company

Sub-Type:  Proof sheets

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Galley proof

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  3

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  On pink paper. Accession from Gethsemani Abbey, December 2013.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)

Item 9 - The cloud and the fire

First Lines:  For a Christian, the ascent to contemplation means something more than an intense ascetic

Sub-Type:  Manuscript

Draft:  

Copy Type:  Typescript carbon and mimeograph with holograph corrections

Date:  no-month no-day, no-year

Number of pages:  121

Additional authors/contributors:  

Language:  English

Notes:  Early draft of "Ascent to Truth" with minor holograph corrections by Merton. Donated in September of 2005 by Robert Giroux.

Location:  Archive - Stack 3 (file box)