The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University



Books Cited by Merton

Below is a list of all recorded references by Merton to a book he was reading which were recorded in the seven volumes of his personal journals, the original five volumes of his correspondence, and a growing list of other books by Merton. The list can be sorted by each column by clicking the column header (another click reverses the sort). Clicking the excerpt of the quote will display a page with the full quote and more information about the quote and book citation.

This database was compiled by Willy Eurlings, chairman of the Mertonvrienden, the Dutch-speaking Merton Society from Flanders and the Netherlands, with technical help by Fieke Julius. The Merton Center is grateful for his permission to post this for use by researchers.

Suggestions can be sent to: http://thomasmerton.nl/contact-willy-eurlings/

Books cited that ARE includedBooks cited but NOT included
Merton named the title and author and writes that he has read the book or parts of it.Merton only mentions the name of an author.
If Merton doesn't name the title or the author, but it is obvious which book he means than the book is included.Merton says he wants to read a book, but there is no indication that he actually did read it.
Merton comments on the book, whereby he proves he's read (part of) it.Citations from articles/poetry when source is unclear.
Citations from the Bible or the Vulgate.


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Date [Source]Author QuotedTitle QuotedQuotation by Merton
[link to full quote]
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 142-43]
 Bhagavad GitaTruthfully I have an enormous obscure subtle thesis that Blake is all full of Indian and Chinese theories of a..
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 144]
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young ManI have read Portrait of the Artist which is certainly a remarkable fine book, and the best thing I have read i..
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 144]
James JoyceUlyssesI have read Portrait of the Artist which is certainly a remarkable fine book, and the best thing I have read i..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsSaint Augustine's problems are everybody's, except he did not have a war to worry him. The 12th chapter [in ot..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
Marcus Tullius CiceroDe OratoreCicero, De Oratore, recommends stamping your foot during your speech. At least at the beginning of the speech ..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
William WordsworthTrosachs[John] Berryman is right about Wordsworth being a good poet. I read his sonnets in the Oxford Book today. "The..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
Benedetto CroceFilosofia di G.B. VicoI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
Giambattista VicoScienza NuovaI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
James JoyceFinnigans WakeI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/12
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 5]
Robert BridgesMilton's prosodyLast fall I worked hard and today I am up and working too - getting notes on Bridges' Milton's Prosody and eve..
1939/05/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 11]
HerodotusHistoriesHerodotus [Note 10: Merton was reading Herodotus's Histories, the first great prose work in European literatur..
1939/08/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 147]
Valery LarbaudAmants Heureux AmantsI found this French guy Valery Larbaud to be some good guy too. I just got his novel, Amants Heureux Amants, i..
1939/08/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 15]
Ezra PoundCultureEzra Pound's new book Culture is perfectly lousy, his writing disgusting, his opoinions stink, his conceit is ..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsBecause ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition literature has fallen upon confessi..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western WorldA model sentence from Pascal. Maybe everyone who wants to write should, before he even starts, consider this s..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Jean Jacques RousseauConfessionsBecause ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition literature has fallen upon confessi..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 22]
A.O. BarnaboothJournal Intime.Two Quotations: 1 Valery Larbaud - A.O. Barnabooth, Son Journal Intime, p.121 (cf. yesterday remarks on ambiti..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 22]
Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western World2. Pascal - Pensees - VI.408. "Le mal est aise, il y en a une infinite; le bien, presque unique. Mais en certa..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 23]
Thomas AquinasSumma TheologiaeThe difference: Pascal considering man in the light of the fall, original sin, redemption, etc. recognizes as ..
1939/10/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 151]
Thomas AquinasDe Ente et EssentiaOne of the most extraordinarily difficult things I have ever tried to do is understand St. Thomas' De Ente et ..
1939/10/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 37-38]
Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiquesThis Afternoon, read a few pages of Guillaume Apollinaire's Anecdotiques up in the library... [p.38] Biograph..
1939/10/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 40]
George PeeleOld Wives TaleI did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and fount it good. Also more of Apollinaire's Anecdotiques - ful..
1939/10/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 40]
Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiquesI did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and found it good. Also more of Apollinaire's Anecdotiques - ful..
1939/10/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 45]
Dante AlighieriParadiso. English & Italian. The Paradiso of Dante AlighieriBegan reading Dante's Paradiso today, out of Douglaston, after Mass. More splendid than anything else before i..
1939/10/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 51]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsAbout prayer... The past and the future, not real. Only the present is real. In eternity "all is present." (Sa..
1939/10/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 58]
Aurelius AugustinusRefutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from entering Religious LifeSaint Thomas, in the Opusculum XVII, "Refutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from ..
1939/10/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 59]
Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. FrancisOn his [Dan Walsh] advice, after he had arranged an interview for me, I went to see Father Murphy, at the mona..
1939/10/22
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 66]
Jules LaforgueComplaintesI think the best modern poetry is being written in France, has been for the last fifty years. Between 1880 and..
1939/10/31
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 80]
Aldous HuxleyThose barren leaves39. "Siena mi fe, disfecemi Maremma." ["Siena gave me life, Maremma took it away."24 ] Dante. Remember it be..
1939/11/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 84]
Thomas AquinasDe Ente et EssentiaThe value of the distinction in De Ente et Essentia, cap. II, where Plato's separate forms are attacked and di..
1939/11/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 86]
Ezra PoundLustraReading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my childish paganism. Announcing what I..
1939/11/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 86]
T.S. EliotWaste LandReading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my childish paganism. Announcing what I..
1939/11/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 88-89]
James JoyceFinnigans WakeNow look you: there have been three important things that have happened this year 1. The publication of Finneg..
1939/11/20
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 92]
James ThurberLife and Hard TimesI have spent weeks telling my class to write out of their own experience: and they write best when they do, to..
1939/11/20
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 92]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleToday I bought Saroyan's Inhale and Exhale and opened it - very exciting and poignant and funny and terrible a..
1939/11/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 93]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleIt is very interesting and exciting to read Saroyan and it is certain enough that he has some good even if nob..
1939/12/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 97]
Theresa of Avila O.C.D.Interior CastleSaint Theresa [of Avila] - The Interior Castle-says we must not dwell on selfknowledge alone, but pass on from..
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 104]
Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.The books on my bed are Grierson's Metaphysical Poets, Bossuet (whom I haven't read a line of yet), Saroyan, t..
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 102-03]
William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other StoriesWhatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn't apply to the Daring Young Man. Very good. Much better than "I...
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 102-03]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleWhatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn't apply to the Daring Young Man. Very good. Much better than "I...
1939/12/17
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 106]
Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez MejiasLorca is easily the best religious poet of this century. I wish I could stop trying to make judgments-"best in..
1939/12/17
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 108]
William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other StoriesTo tell the class: important what a writer's attitude towards life is. Cf. the Preface to Daring Young Man, wh..
1939/12/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 112]
Aldous HuxleyThose barren leavesI have always had a prejudice against buying a book of short stories. I steered clear of Huxley's Those Barren..
1939/12/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 121]
Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.I opened up Grierson's Metaphysical Poets and saw on the page Donne's "Nocturnal upon Saint Lucie's Day": tod..
1940/01/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 122]
Henry Osborn TaylorMedieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle AgesA New Year-it feels like a New Year: a new decade. In his book about The Medieval Mind [Note 27: Henry Osborn..
1940/01/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 135]
Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual ExercisesI have been going through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Not giving them four hours a day but at a..
1940/01/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 134]
Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the LevantI have got Curzon's Monasteries of the Levant from the Library and right away I am going to read it. The seven..
1940/01/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 138]
Aristotleworks of Aristotle / Aristotle ; transl. into English under the editorship of W.D. RossI guess if I want to I can work this down to the old familiar (to me) dilemma of Plato and Aristotle-which one..
1940/01/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 144]
Wystan Hugh AudenDance of DeathW. H. Auden's trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements-parodying trivialities of commercia..
1940/01/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 144]
Wystan Hugh AudenOn the FrontierW. H. Auden's trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements-parodying trivialities of commercia..
1940/01/25
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 146]
Francis Aidan GasquetEnglish Monastic LifeGasquet's English Monastic Life [Note 29: Abbot (Cardinal Francis Aidan) Gasquet's (1848-1929) English Monasti..
1940/01/28
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 9]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogionI have just corrected eighty-six English exams in one of which I read: "Chaucer's ABC was a dirty character in..
1940/01/28
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 9]
BonaventuraItinerariumI have just corrected eighty-six English exams in one of which I read: "Chaucer's ABC was a dirty character in..
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 149]
Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the SwanReading Huxley's new book-After Many a Summer and being very uncomfortable about it-it is so bad...
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 150]
Irwin EdmanCandle in the Dark: A Postscript to DespairReading Maritain's Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, stimulating, entertaining, clear, ..
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 150]
Jacques MaritainIntroduction to Philosophy / Translated by E. I. Watkin - Foreword by Ralph McInernyReading Maritain's Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, stimulating, entertaining, clear, ..
1940/02/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 153]
Katherine Anne PorterPale Horse, Pale RiderI just picked up Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Ann Porter, and read the first story, while the afternoon..
1940/03/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 154]
Graham GreeneBrighton RockGraham Greene's Brighton Rock is good all the way from the quotation on the flyleaf, from The Witch of Edmonto..
1940/03/29
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 159-60]
Thomas Philip TerryTerry's MexicoThere exists a figure in American literature who is a very interesting sort of figure, in his own strange way,..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 165]
Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the SwanAll that stuff, since Huxley made such a fool of himself in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, seems to be so ..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
D.H. LawrenceSaint MawrAnother thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I have read a lot before, some place..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez MejiasI admit freely that I looked at a couple of García Lorca's poems, from the Poema del Cante Jondo, on the beach..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 194]
Philip TerryTerry's Guide to CubaThe canonazo (cannon shot) fired from Morro Castle at nine p.m. is the signal for many social functions to sta..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
Thomas HardyJude the ObscureAnother thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I have read a lot before, some place..
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 220]
Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. FrancisMost of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel that has perplexed three publisher..
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 219]
Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual ExercisesGoing through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius...
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 220]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristMost of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel that has perplexed three publisher..
1940/05/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 222]
Gregorius the GreatHomiliae in Evangelia"It shall happen to you for a testimony" (Luke, xxi. 13) and Saint Gregory the Great makes the comment that a..
1940/05/28
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 224]
Thomas MannThe Magic Mountain / translation from German Der ZauberbergI am in no mood to read [Thomas Mann's] The Magic Mountain, which is the kind of book I find tedious anyway. I..
1940/06/16
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 8]
Aurelius AugustinusCity of GodMeanwhile I sit in the sun and look at the trees and wear a white tennis hat and wait for it to be August. I h..
1940/10/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 238-39]
William EmpsonSeven types of ambiguity by William EmpsonSome of the errata listed in the English Edition of Seven Types of Ambiguity are funny. To excuse one sentence..
1940/10/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 240-41]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi[After several quotations from S.Bonaventura commentaria in librum secuncum sententiarum] Visio beatifica: the..
1940/10/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 243]
 Sir Gawain and the Green Knightread Sir Gawain and the Green Knight again today and it is one of the best books in the world, the gayest and ..
1940/11/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 247-48]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi"Infinitum dicitur dupliciter, scilicet per privationem perfectionis; et sic materia dicitur infinita, et tali..
1940/11/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 250]
John DonnePoems of John Donne / ed. H.J.C. GriesronThe other thing I have just understood for the first time is Donne's Ecstasy. I have been reading it for years..
1940/11/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 250-51]
Robert HerrickHesperides: or the Works both Humane and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. / British Poets, edited by F.J. ChildAnother thing: I am no longer sore at Herrick, or not as sore as I was. I think he is a Highschool boy, yes. B..
1940/11/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 256]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient MarinerThe first time I ever read the Ancient Mariner was in Saint Antonin, when I was about eleven. The Mayor's olde..
1940/11/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 259]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingA week ago today I bought Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling at the Oxford University Press, and have since talk..
1940/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 262]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingI have read more of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. Fr. Philotheus laughed uproariously for happiness when I..
1940/12/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 275]
BonaventuraItinerariumFor Saint Bonaventure there is no distinction between charity and sanctifying grace. Charity is sanctifying gr..
1941/01/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 283]
Leon BloyCelle qui pleure. Notre Dame de la SaletteFoolishly I talked about Bloy's book Celle qui Pleure [She Who Weeps] and the old lady thought, concerning the..
1941/01/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 291-295]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogion[Eleven quotations of Saint Anselm Proslogion Cap. I, c. 226-236] d.d. januari 14-16, 1941..
1941/01/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 296]
Leon BloyWoman Who Was PoorI will go back to reading the The Woman Who Was Poor. And the Woman Who Was Poor is some novel! The second par..
1941/02/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 481]
Paul ValeryVariety"In numerous minds is to be found the coexistence of faith and atheism, of anarchy in the sentiments and of so..
1941/02/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 304]
Dante AlighieriInferno. English & Italian. The Inferno of Dante AlighieriBut it is still the best epic poem, the best poem, I ever read - I mean the wholeDivine Comedy...
1941/02/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 301]
T.S. EliotWaste LandThis morning, sitting alone at a big empty table in the vasty hall of the caf' I reflected upon the elegant wo..
1941/02/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 305]
Dylan Thomas18 PoemsI've got a book of poems by Dylan Thomas and I can't put the book down. I read him in Horizon and it was a goo..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 307]
BonaventuraItineris Mentis in DeumLong quotation of S. Bonaventura Itineris Mentis in Deo. Cap. II.7...
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
E.M. ForsterPassage to IndiaThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Richard HughesIn HazardThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Robert BridgesMilton's prosodyThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the LevantThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/03/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 317]
Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoeThen tonight I read Robinson Crusoe and when he comes on the island I was knocked flat at the wonder of what a..
1941/03/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 320-21]
BonaventuraItineris Mentis in DeumLong quotations from S. Bonaventura Itin. Ment. in Deum. Cap III...
1941/03/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 328]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri LombardiSaint Bonaventure on the problem of the relation of the intellect, memory and will, to the substance of the so..
1941/04/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 337]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoS. BERNARDI DE DILIGENDO DEO. Causa diligendi Deum, Deus est; modus, sine modo diligere. Cap. 1. ["The cause o..
1941/04/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 337]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristAnd they must; that is part of His kindness: for if church windows and psalms and hymns always filled us, ever..
1941/04/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 339]
Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus BoethiusDe Consolatione PhilosophiaeThe process may take days-or years. We think we possess some idea; then, by a series of accidents, through a l..
1941/04/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 338-39]
Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ"Write My words in thy heart, and think diligently on them; for they will be very necessary in the time of tem..
1941/04/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 342-453]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoSeveral quotations from Bernard of Clairvaux. De Diligendo Deo..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 356]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyLeaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], then to the Public Library: there ..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 356]
Evelyn WaughThey were still dancingLeaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], then to the Public Library: there ..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 357]
Graham GreeneJourney without MapsDifference between the First and Second Times I spent a few hours in Louisville, between trains... The first t..
1941/05/05
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 360]
Graham GreeneAnother MexicoAlso I had just finished reading Greene's book about Mexico. The one about Africa, that I glanced at in Louisv..
1941/05/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 364]
P. MandonnetDante le Theologien. Introduction à l'intelligence de la Vie, des Oevres et de l'Art de Dante AlighieriThen I was less happy reading Mandonnet's "Dante le Theologien." It makes you slightly unhappy to read a guy ..
1941/05/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 366]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyAn argument I had with Bill Fineran in the Gold Rail Bar, in 1936; I was attacking the Church, and said the ex..
1941/06/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 376]
George Gordon CoultonFrom Saint Francis to DanteI just refrained from heaving out the window the only book I've tried to read in weeks except stuff about Dant..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
F.W. Bateson ed.Cambridge Bibliography of English LiteratureI am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge's Guide to Reference Books but other b..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Graham GreeneAnother MexicoRight this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene's book about Mexico is better than Brighton Rock, and also ..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Graham GreeneBrighton RockRight this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene's book about Mexico is better than Brighton Rock, and also ..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
Isadore Gilbert MudgeGuide to Reference BooksI am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge's Guide to Reference Books but other b..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
John of the CrossCántico espiritual / Saint John of the Cross ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosThe other night I read some of Saint John of the Cross' Cantico Espiritual which I understood much better than..
1941/07/06
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 379]
Federico Garcia LorcaAsí que pasen cinco añosI also like Lorca's "Así que Pasen Cinco Años." The rugby player, the child and the cat (some scene) the mann..
1941/07/06
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Jean CocteauGrand EcartToday I reread the scene where Jacques and Germaine quarrel over the stupid lines from Victor Hugo, "Gall, ama..
1941/07/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 379]
Etienne GilsonGod and Philosophy"True metaphysics does not culminate in a concept, be it that of thought, of good, of one or of substance. It ..
1941/08/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 383]
Edward LeenProgress through Mental PrayerA cleric lends me Leen's Progress through Mental Prayer which is pretty good...
1941/08/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 385-86]
Leon BloyInvendable.I am not as sore at religious as the Baroness [is]-or Leon Bloy. No reason why I should not be except for the ..
1941/08/28
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 386]
Leon BloySalut par les Juifs"Les Juifs ne se convertiront que lorsque Jesus sera descendu de sa Croix, et precisement Jesus ne peut en des..
1941/08/31
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 389]
Leon BloyDans les Tenèbres"Entre l'homme, revêtu involontairement de sa liberte, et Dieu depouille volon-tairement de sa puissance, l'an..
1941/09/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 392]
Damon RunyonDamon Runyon OmnibusI read Damon Runyon whom I never, until this, read. He is good because of his style. I laughed more at him tod..
1941/09/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 394-402]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristSeveral quotations of De Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis in Latin with English translation..
1941/09/05
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 402]
Leon BloyDans les TenèbresI just finished reading Bloy's Dans le Tenebres. One of the things I liked best about it was his wife's prefac..
1941/09/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 409]
Leon BloyMon JournalLeon Bloy's Vocation (in a letter-Mon Journal, p. 71.) "Pourquoi ne supposeriez-vous pas que ma vocation est p..
1941/09/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 410]
Coventry PatmorePoemsIn spite of a stupid, pompous, inanity stuck in the front of the Phoenix Library Edition of [Coventry] Patmore..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Aurelius AugustinusDe Beata VitaWhere did all the rest of the time go-? I taught two classes, corrected some papers, read a few pages of [Chri..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Christopher DawsonProgress and Religion. A Historical InquiryWhere did all the rest of the time go-? I taught two classes, corrected some papers, read a few pages of [Chri..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Francis Aidan GasquetHenri VIII and the English MonasteriesAnd yet I have done altogether too much sleeping with my face in a book-today I went to sleep in Chapter I of ..
1941/10/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 421-22]
Aldous HuxleyGray EminenceIt would not be true to say I got mad reading the review of Huxley's new book Gray Eminence in Time... I don'..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 431-32]
Henri GheonSainte Therèse de LisieuxI have just read straight through Gheon's book about Saint Theresa of Lisieux and am knocked out by it complet..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 434]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersThe Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and the "Book of Job" and the Dark Night of t..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 433]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersBut in any case, one thing is clear (while it is impossible to grasp the seriousness of her sacrifice of heave..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 434]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingThe Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and the "Book of Job" and the Dark Night of t..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
 MabinogionWhat is being talked about in the Mabinogion is more like Homer than Keats or Hugo, and therefore it is Romant..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic IdealI read in F. L. Lucas' Decline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal a series of quotations illustrating the term "Ro..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
John KeatsEve of St. AgnesKeats takes the content of his imagination and builds a fairy palace and invites himself to a poor substitute ..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeKubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A FragmentColeridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Coleridge, like a surrealist, desc..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient MarinerColeridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Coleridge, like a surrealist, desc..
1941/10/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 436-37]
Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal"I like Blake often, but I like Hardy better." This, which is not the best written short sentence in the Engl..
1941/10/12
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 437-38]
Ivor Armstrong RichardsColeridge on ImaginationWhatever may be wrong with I. A. Richards' notions of Coleridge on Imagination, Lucas is far more wrong about ..
1941/11/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 448]
Aldous HuxleyGray EminenceI have got Gray Eminence-which seems good so far. There, the big problem is that a man who convinced himself t..
1941/11/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 476]
Charles BaudelaireFleurs du malIn all evil, there is something holy perverted. The dialectic between the good that underlies evil and the evi..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 454-55]
Aldous HuxleyEnds and MeansI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Evelyn UnderhillMysticism. Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual ConsciousnessI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
G.F. LaheyGerard Manley HopkinsI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Jacques MaritainArt and ScholasticismI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young ManI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Leon WiegerBouddhisme chinoisI was reading about Hopkins' conversion when I dropped the book and rushed out of the house and went to see Fr..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 456]
Lewis MumfordCulture of CitiesOr do I want to go to Gethsemani because it is a perfect society, even in the natural order? Is it because las..
1942/11/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 166]
Teresa of AvilaAutobiographyAll these things I read in St. Augustine: the Commentary on the Psalms, the Book on the Sermons on the Mount, ..
1945/19/27
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 20]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloI read much Duns Scotus, who when it comes to psychology, at any rate, fills in certain big gaps that leave yo..
1946/10/00
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 18]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloFather Timothy [Vander Vennet] remarked to us, in the course of a philosophy class, how much Reverend Father s..
1946/12/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 31]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseI have been reading Duns Scotus's Oxoniense III, distinction 18, on Christ's will and His love. Scotus is real..
1947/01/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 36]
Edmond MartèneVoyage Litteraire de Deux Benedictins de la Congragation de Saint Maure / co-author Ursin DurandI am fascinated by [Edmond] Martène and [Ursin] Durand's Voyage Litteraire de Deux Benedictins [Paris, 1717]. ..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 42]
 Cloud of UnknowingTomorrow I begin the retreat. Yesterday I read a couple of chapters of The Cloud of Unknowing. Every time I pi..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Marie Michel PhiliponDoctrine Spirituelle de Soeur Elisabeth de La TriniteSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derParadis BlancSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 46]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveSt. John of the Cross' Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn't be anything better as a prepar..
1947/03/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 46]
John of the CrossPrecautionsSt. John of the Cross' Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn't be anything better as a prepar..
1947/03/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 50]
John of the CrossPrecautionsFor the rest of my religious life I want with God's help to dispose myself for His work in me, to which I am n..
1947/03/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 54]
Godefroid BelorgeyPratique de l'oraison mentale. T1: Oraisons ordinaires. T2 Oraisons mystiquesThere Dom Godefroid [Belorgey]'s Chapters in the morning generally have something in them to keep souls direct..
1947/03/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 53]
John of the CrossPrecautionsThe visitation is in full swing. If I had kept my resolution about following the Cautions of St. John of the C..
1947/04/29
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 69]
Un Religieux ChartreuxLa Vie Contemplative son rôle apostoliqueI read a little pamphlet from Parkminster on the contemplative, his place in the Church (not La Vie Contemplat..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 73]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoI read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth chapter of De Diligendo Deo [On the..
1947/05/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 73]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones in Cantica CanticorumI read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth chapter of De Diligendo Deo [On the..
1947/05/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 76]
 Meditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'annee. Three VolumesFrom Parkminster came three volumes of Meditations Cartusiennes. I did not think I would find anything in them..
1947/06/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 85]
John of the CrossCántico espiritual / Saint John of the Cross ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosHowever, I see nothing for me to write that is not simply a song about His Love and about contemplation. Every..
1947/06/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 86]
 Meditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'annee. Three VolumesIn the four weeks since Pentecost I have found much valuable help in those little books of Meditations Cartusi..
1947/08/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 98]
Casimir GaillardinLes Trappistes, ou, L'ordre de Citeaux au XIX siècle: l'histoire de la Trappe depuis sa fondatione jusque'à nos joursAnselme Dimier's La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it proposes to want to dispel: that the..
1947/08/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 98]
Anselm DimierLa Sombre Trappe. Les legendes et la veriteAnselme Dimier's La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it proposes to want to dispel: that the..
1947/08/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 104]
William of St. ThierryExpositio Altera in CanticaI thought for a moment, and with nostalgia, of the old days when I got so much consolation out of the Cisterci..
1947/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 105]
Guigo IMeditationsI don't think as much of Guigo I's Meditations as I once thought I might. Very lapidary, but not on an interes..
1947/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 105]
Paul ClaudelConnaisance de l'EstPaul Claudel's verse bores me but his poetic prose about the Orient is wonderful. I have never read anything a..
1947/09/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 111]
BonaventuraItinerariumThe Feast of his Stigmatization coincides for us with the transferred Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cros..
1947/10/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 125]
Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and PoetryLaughlin sent Patrice de la Tour du Pin's Dedicated Life and Poetry [which appeared as part of La Somme de Poe..
1947/10/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 127]
Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and PoetryI have tried again to read Patrice de la Tour du Pin and sometimes find him very antipathetic. All that stuff ..
1947/10/26
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 128]
 Cloud of UnknowingThe only thing that gave me any relief today was when I looked in The Cloud of Unknowing for a moment at the c..
1947/11/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 130]
Deodat Basly, deDeux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Scot et de S. ThomasThe last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Sc..
1947/11/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 130]
Frederick William FaberGrowth in HolinessThe last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Sc..
1947/11/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 131]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseFor the first time I really saw into something of the import of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity in lines from ..
1947/11/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 140]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloThe day before the retreat began, two volumes of the Wisques translation (French) of Ruysbroeck arrived [Oeuvr..
1947/12/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 146]
Johannes Duns ScotusReportationes Parisiensis / o.f.m.Reading Duns Scotus' Reportationes III on the Incarnation...
1947/12/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 146]
Robert LowellLord Weary's CastleYesterday Lord Weary's Castle by Robert Lowell came and it is terrific. Harcourt Brace sent it after I had beg..
1947/12/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 148]
Leon BloyWoman Who Was PoorThe Church at Bricquebec was remodeled by an architect, a converted Communist. And Dom Marie Joseph said he wo..
1948/02/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 167]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloBut, on the other hand, I read Ruysbroeck with joy, all about immediate contact with God, "meeting" Him in th..
1948/02/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 171]
 Exordium Magnum CisterciensaeThis week I don't think de Rance was as bad as people sometimes say. Reading the Exordium Magnum, I find those..
1948/02/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 170]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoThe Lenten Book (De Diligendo Deo) is, from the point of view of my own interest and alertness to its value, t..
1948/02/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 172]
Jean Berthold MahanOrdre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au milieu du XIIIe siecle (1098-1265)I looked at the new history by Jean Berthold Mahan [L'Ordre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au mi..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 175]
Marbodus RedonensisOpusculaYesterday I discovered that there were marvelous poets in the 12th century. I never knew it except by vague he..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 175]
Vital LehodeySaint AbandonSunday night I got two hours' sleep and Monday I was staggering around in a fog. With trembling hands I took d..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 176]
William of St. ThierrySpeculum FideiNos adoramus quod scimus. [We adore what we know.] I wonder if William of St. Thierry quotes that. He ought to..
1948/03/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 183]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsAfter dinner I sat here in the sun and read T. S. Eliot's Four Quartet, or rather East Coker and part of The D..
1948/03/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 191]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteOne of the big graces of Holy Week came by surprise yesterday. External graces almost always do come that way,..
1948/03/28
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 194]
Wilhelm SchamoniFace of the SaintsIn the library I lookesd at that marvelous book The Faces of the Saints [by Wilhelm Schamoni, London, 1948], p..
1948/04/11
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 198]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI read over St. John of the Cross' Cautions, which were the things I had in mind to keep when I made solemn pr..
1948/04/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 199]
Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en FranceThe two volumes of Marcel Aubert on Cistercian architecture in France finally arrived. Fr. Anselme Dimier got ..
1948/05/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 205]
Matthias Joseph ScheebenMysteries of ChristianityI looked into [Matthias Joseph] Scheeben's Mysteries of Christianity [St. Louis,1946] and found some good page..
1948/05/17
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 206-06]
Godefroid BelorgeyHumilite BenedictineBut providentially Dom Godefroid Belorgey's new book, L'Humilite Benedictine [Paris, 1948], came in at that mo..
1948/05/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 206]
Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en FranceI am reading the Aubert book on Cistercian Architecture, and it is fine. I think of those monasteries. I am tr..
1948/05/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 208]
Giovanni PapiniLetters of Pope Celestine VIFr. Raymond lent me [Giovanni] Papini's new book, The Letters of Pope Celestine VI [New York, 1948], and altho..
1948/05/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 209]
Godefroid BelorgeyHumilite BenedictineIn Dom Godefroid's book on humility I find out a lot about the real life and spirit of our Order, the life tha..
1948/06/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 210]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsI wouldn't mind being recognized as a poet if I really were a poet. But it gives me comfort to read poets who ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
Evelyn WaughDecline and FallI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
Evelyn WaughVile BodiesI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
James JoyceUlyssesI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 227]
John of the CrossPrecautionsTomorrow we choose the one who is to lead us for a certain time to God, to make saints of us. I got time to th..
1948/09/03
[Ltrs: CforT p. 6]
Robert Graves and Alan HodgesReader over Your ShoulderIt has been quite humiliating for me to find out (from [Robert] Graves and [Alan] Hodge [authors of The Reader..
1948/09/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 229]
Robert Graves and Alan HodgesReader over Your ShoulderOne good thing. Evelyn Waugh sent me a fine book to help me to write better, The Reader over Your Shoulder by ..
1948/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 230]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandIn Dom David Knowles' new book (Religious Orders in England [volume I of 3, Cambridge, 1948]) I found a few fi..
1948/09/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 233]
BonaventuraItinerariumDay and night I think about St. Francis and about poverty as I re-read the seventh chapter of St. Bonaventure'..
1948/10/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 239]
Gerald EllardChristian Life and WorshipThis morning I got the idea that perhaps I ought to be reading something about the subdiaconate, since my ordi..
1948/10/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 240]
John of the CrossObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa TeresaBeautiful stuff in a Letter of St. John of the Cross to the Nuns of Beas (Carta V) [Letter 5, vol. 3]: Veremos..
1948/11/03
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.I Sing of a MaidenI would like to assure you that I was very glad to get that beautiful big book, I Sing of a Maiden & the only ..
1948/11/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.Give Joan a SwordIt would be inhuman for a person to resist the temptation to answer such a beautiful letter as your last one, ..
1948/11/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.I Sing of a MaidenIt would be inhuman for a person to resist the temptation to answer such a beautiful letter as your last one, ..
1949/01/29
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 273]
 Rituel Propre de l'Abaye de CisteauxI was reading in the Rituel Propre de Cîteaux that at Cîteaux they read nothing but St. Bernard at the reading..
1949/02/09
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 279]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesInto the middle of all this came [Antonin] Sertillanges' La Vie Intellectuelle [Paris, 1944] which might have ..
1949/02/10
[Ltrs: CforT p. 24]
F.D. Joret o.p.Dominican LifeBut in any case, what amused me was that the Father who wrote the article asserted that "the degree of union w..
1949/02/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 280]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesNow"”about La Vie Intellectuelle-it would be a nice feat to prove that it is not diametrically opposed to St. ..
1949/02/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 281]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesOn the other hand there could be a way of being humble and following Sertillanges, and nobody can say whether ..
1949/02/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 283]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesMore pages in Sertillanges that made me laugh"”the ones about getting up in the middle of the night to scribbl..
1949/02/24
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 305]
F.D. Joret o.p.Dominican LifeTalking about the active apostolate: the Thomist got after me for something I said. I felt it was rather flatt..
1949/03/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 287]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristYesterday Seeds of Contemplation arrived and it is very handsome. The best job of printing that has ever been ..
1949/04/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 302]
Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. CorinThere are also a lot of good things in [Johannes] Tauler whom I like very much-when he is explained by notes l..
1949/05/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 306]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandI remember also the fragments of information I have heard about Dom David Knowles who is a much subtler and mo..
1949/05/13
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 192]
William of St. ThierryGolden EpistleI am busy trying to learn how to say Mass. My health is all right, except that I have a vile cold at the momen..
1949/05/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 314]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveI can't read anything but St. John of the Cross. I opened The Living Flame at the line Rompe la tela de este d..
1949/07/09
[Ltrs: CforT p. 25]
Jean-Baptiste PorionSainte Trinite et la Vie IntereureDom Porion sent me his delightful book on the Holy Trinity and the interior life, and on every page I found ec..
1949/07/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 333]
Jean-Baptiste PorionSainte Trinite et la Vie IntereureDom Porion sent me a little book he wrote anonymously, La Sainte Trinite et la Vie Interieure [Paris, 1948], a..
1949/07/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 339-40]
Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. CorinI have found many good things in Hugeny's Theological Introduction to his translation of Tauler [Sermons de Ta..
1949/07/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 11]
Evelyn WaughBrideshead RevisitedThe Month has been paying me for my effusions by sending me books. One of them was The Loved One. I was having..
1949/07/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 11]
Evelyn WaughLoved OneThe Month has been paying me for my effusions by sending me books. One of them was The Loved One. I was having..
1949/08/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 344]
Thomas AquinasSumma TheologiaeThe short Prologue of St. Thomas to his Summa Theologiae is a very beautiful paragraph containing a whole disc..
1949/08/05
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 345-46]
Thomas AquinasCommentary on the Gospel of St. JohnI find an interesting passage in St. Thomas' commentary on St. John, Chapter I (Lectio XIV), the place where J..
1949/08/11
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 353]
Paul Philippe O.P.Très Sainte Vierge et le SacerdoceTo my great joy, Fr. Paul Philippe's book, La Très Sainte Vierge et le Sacerdoce [Paris, 1947] arrived the day..
1949/08/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 357]
L.C. FillionStudy of the Bible[Louis Claude] Fillion, a Scripture scholar whom I am appointed to read, encourages young priests to study Heb..
1949/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 359]
Aurelius AugustinusExposition on the Book of PsalmsAnd I was turning over in my mind some sentences from St. Augustine's commentary on the 118th psalm. They conc..
1949/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 360]
L.C. FillionStudy of the BibleMy friend, the Abbe Fillion, has written a book that is in some ways strange. However, it is very good-especia..
1949/08/26
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 362]
L.C. FillionStudy of the BibleMy pious Abbe Fillion suggests that, when we are stumped and cannot find out the meaning of a passage of Scrip..
1949/09/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 367]
John ChapmanSpiritual LettersI find consoling lines here and there in Dom Chapman's Spiritual Letters [The Spiritual Letters of Dom John Ch..
1949/11/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 373]
Gregory of NyssaDe vita MoysisIn the refectory we are reading Exodus and I have discovered St. Gregory of Nyssa's De Vita Moysis [Life of Mo..
1949/12/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 374]
Kenneth PatchenDark KingdomKenneth Patchen's "For losing her love all would I profan" struck me with great force and after a moment I re..
1949/12/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 375]
John of the CrossCántico espiritual / Saint John of the Cross ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosThere is supposed to be a special group coming to the vault after Benediction on Sundays and Feasts to talk ab..
1949/12/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 377]
Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids BriggeI am abashed by the real solitude of Rilke which I admire, knowing, however, it is not for me because I am not..
1949/12/17
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 380]
John of the CrossCántico espiritual / Saint John of the Cross ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosWalking back from the barns in the warm sun on the muddy road between the orchard and the vegetable garden wit..
1949/12/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 380-81]
Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids BriggeRilke's Notebooks have so much power in them that they make me wonder why no one writes like that in monasteri..
1949/12/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 384]
Aurelius AugustinusCity of GodSt. Augustine, of Adam in Eden: vivebat fruens Deo, ex quo bono erat bonus [He lived in the joy of God, and by..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
 Cloud of UnknowingI like Kenneth Patchen's Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond interesting the surface of my mind. ..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Dom Alexis PresseBela Just: Les IlluminesI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Evelyn WaughBrideshead RevisitedI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Evelyn WaughLoved OneI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Graham GreeneHeart of the MatterI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Kenneth PatchenDark KingdomI like Kenneth Patchen's Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond interesting the surface of my mind. ..
1949/12/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 391]
Henri Watson FowlerDictionary of Modern English UsageEvelyn Waugh got Burns, of Hollis and Carter, to send me a copy of Ward Fowler's Modern English Usage as an in..
1950/00/00
[Ltrs: SofC p. 19]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI had been hoping to meditate a little on the Cautions of St. John of the Cross. I have at least glanced throu..
1950/01/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 392]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecThere is a beautiful passage on manual labor in La Mort de Jean Madec. It tells me one reason why I like the b..
1950/01/09
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 396-97]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecReading the sixth chapter of La Mort de Jean Madec-where Blaise is summoned before the conseil de discipline [..
1950/01/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 399]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecLa Mort de Jean Madec is a magnificent tract against angelism. It is a tract on transcendence and immanence. I..
1950/01/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 401]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de DiversisSt. Bernard's Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by accident when I set out to look for the..
1950/01/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 401]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecSt. Bernard's Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by accident when I set out to look for the..
1950/01/27
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 403]
Bernardus of ClairvauxEpistolae Opera OmniaThe more I read St. Bernard and the Cistercian Fathers, the more I like them. There was a time when I was temp..
1950/01/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 15]
Henri Watson FowlerDictionary of Modern English UsageIt is some time since I have given an account of myself. [Tom] Burns sent a copy of Fowler and I am very grate..
1950/01/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404]
 Didachè"Let grace come and let the world pass away. Hosanna to the Son of David." These words are from the Didache. ..
1950/01/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecThe Greeks say that interior silence is not perfect unless it is centered upon the Name of Jesus. For they do ..
1950/01/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404-05]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de DiversisHesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I came across it in the Etudes Carmel..
1950/01/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404-05]
John CassianJoannis Cassiani Opera omnia cum amplissimis commentariis Alardi Gazæi in hoc parisiensi editione, contra quam in lipsiensi, textui continenter ad majorem commoditatem lectoris subjacentibusHesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I came across it in the Etudes Carmel..
1950/02/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 411]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsI came out of choir yesterday morning after the distribution of the ashes and put on our shoes and socks in th..
1950/03/01
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 413]
 Song of RolandSo [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infinitely better than Virgil or the ..
1950/03/01
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 413]
HomerIliad / Translated by Robert FitzgeraldSo [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infinitely better than Virgil or the ..
1950/04/08
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 429]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteLouis Bouyer has a marvelous chapter on the connection between the Resurrection and the founding of the Church..
1950/04/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 20]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardThat is why I feel that your works are so tremendously helpful, dear Father. Your St. Bernard Mystique is alto..
1950/04/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 20]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueThat is why I feel that your works are so tremendously helpful, dear Father. Your St. Bernard Mystique is alto..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 24]
Jean DanielouPlatonisme et theologie mystique. Essay sur la doctrine spirituelle de Saint Gregoire de NysseI wish I could give you some information on St. Bernard in his relation to the Greek Fathers. I have none of m..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 25]
Jean DanielouSigne du temple ou De la presence de DieuI am extremely eager to get Fr. Bouyer's new book on monasticism, but have not yet been able to do so. I feel ..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 23]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueYour remarks on St. Bernard's ideas of Scripture are extremely important to me. I have been meditating on your..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 25]
Louis BouyerVie de saint Antoine par saint AthanaseI am extremely eager to get Fr. Bouyer's new book on monasticism, but have not yet been able to do so. I feel ..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 23]
Vladimir LosskyEssay de la theologie mystique de l'Eglise d'OrientYour remarks on St. Bernard's ideas of Scripture are extremely important to me. I have been meditating on your..
1950/10/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 435]
Pierre EmmanuelQui est cet homme?There are times when ten pages of some book fall under your eye just at the moment when your very life, it see..
1950/12/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 444]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI am haunted by the Cautelas of St. John of the Cross. Especially the second, against the flesh, against solic..
1950/12/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 445]
Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the WoodsAfter those beautiful pages on morning and on being awake, Thoreau writes in his Walden: "I went to the woods ..
1950/12/08
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 446]
Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the WoodsCompare the basic asceticism in Walden with that of St. John of the Crossagreement on the fundamental idea-not..
1950/12/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 18]
Evelyn WaughHelenaThis letter has two purposes: to thank you for Helena and to wish you a holy Christmas"”and even a merry one, ..
1951/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 452]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersShall I re-read the bits in The Ascent of Mount Carmel about the memory? They seem to do me so much good-alway..
1951/04/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 454]
Jean CayrolPoèmes de la nuit et du brouillardcamps. When first arrested, they dreamt they had not been arrested but had escaped. Then, resigned to their ar..
1952/02/25
[Ltrs: CforT p. 19]
Charles JournetDark Knowledge of God / translated from the French by James F. AnderswonAbout apophatic"”although it is not in the OED it does crop up in English, though in translations of French bo..
1952/02/25
[Ltrs: CforT p. 18-19]
Ronald KnoxEnthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII CenturiesMany thanks for your very kind letter and for [Ronald Knox's] Enthusiasm . I entirely agree with your comment ..
1952/08/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 10]
Louis BouyerBible et l'Evangile. Le sens de l'Ecriture: du Dieu qui parle au Dieu faite hommeBouyer's book Bible et evangile is brilliant but makes me nervous. Marmion never made anybody nervous but he d..
1953/01/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 29]
Max PicardWorld of SilenceFine ideas in Picard's World of Silence. (A train of the old time sings in my present silence, at St. Anne's, ..
1953/02/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 36]
Marie-Eugène de l'Enfant Jesus, O.C.D.Je suis fille d'egliseYesterday, began our Lenten book, Je suis fille d'eglise [I Am a Daughter of the Church, by P. Marie-Eugène, O..
1953/04/07
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 24]
Mark Van DorenSpring Birth and Other PoemsIt was wonderful to get the letter and the book [Spring Birth and Other Poems], which both arrived long enough..
1953/05/10
[Ltrs: SofC p. 57]
Joseph CreusenReligious Men and Women in the CodeThe main thing Dom Louis did was to make clear the fact that the Prior takes care of all the material needs of..
1953/05/18
[Ltrs: SofC p. 59]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueI am not doing any work on a book on St. Bernard and there has been no announcement of any such book; hence I ..
1953/05/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 213]
Max PicardFlight from GodHave you read Max Picard? I like his stuff very much and am currently in the Flight from God which is very per..
1953/10/19
[Ltrs: SofC p. 67]
Lucille HasleyReproachfully YoursWhen he came back from the General Chapter, our Reverend Father Dom James spoke to me about the affair of that..
1953/11/05
[Ltrs: SofC p. 70]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Alone with GodIt was a satisfaction to me when Father Abbot gave me permission to write the preface for your volume on Paul ..
1954/10/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 308-09]
Erich FrommMan for himself : an inquiry into the psychology of ethicsSome time ago when I was reading your Psychoanalysis and Religion I thought I would write you a letter. Now th..
1954/10/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 308-09]
Erich FrommPsychoanalysis and religionSome time ago when I was reading your Psychoanalysis and Religion I thought I would write you a letter. Now th..
1954/10/16
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 26]
Mark Van DorenSelected PoemsAt last it is raining and I not only have the time to write a letter but am more or less in a mood for one. So..
1954/11/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 80]
Cuthbert Butler o.s.b.Benedictine Monachism: Studies in Benedictine Life and RuleA few weeks ago, by some miracle, we actually started reading Dom Cuthbert Butler's Benedictine Monachism in t..
1954/12/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 218]
Rudyard KiplingJust-So StoriesHowever, there is one thing which I treasure and which you also will like. It is an old magazine containing an..
1955/08/06
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 220]
Evelyn WaughOfficers and GentlemenHave you read a wonderful book called Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell? It is perfect, in its w..
1955/08/06
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 220]
Randell JarrellPictures from an InstitutionHave you read a wonderful book called Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell? It is perfect, in its w..
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 314]
Erich FrommForgotten LanguageYour book The Forgotten Language, which I read last May or June, also interested me very much...
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 313]
Erich FrommSane SocietyI am about halfway through The Sane Society which I received some time ago. I am reading it with the greatest ..
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 314]
Henri Lubac, DeCatholicismMost of the Fathers of the Church looked at the Incarnation in that light, and Duns Scotus, for instance, is a..
1955/10/24
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 19]
Denis GrivotAutunHow did you like Zodiaque and the book on Autun? The monks who did those books are thinking of publishing some..
1955/11/26
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 25]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureThe Snell book is here and I have begun it. I can see its great importance, and therefore i ask you to bear wi..
1955/12/17
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 27]
Adolph Konrad FiedlerVom Wesen der KunstAnd now, thank you so much for the Fiedler. It is intensely interesting and thougth provoking. As I had suspec..
1956/02/05
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 29]
Bernard CrapletAuvergne RomanThe Benedictines, whose magazines I gave you, have come out with a wonderful volume on Romanesque Art in Auver..
1956/02/05
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 29]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureI finally have a chance to write you and tell you that I am sending the Snell book back - long after I had pro..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Hilda GraefScholar and the Cross: The Life and Work of Edith SteinShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Pie Raymond RegameyCross and the Christian / Translated from the French by Angeline BouchardShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Pie Raymond RegameyPoverty: An Essential Element in the Christian Life / Translated from the French by Rosemary SheedShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/05/02
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 134]
Graham GreeneQuiet AmericanFirst of all, here are a couple of poems "¦ Matthew Scott is sending the long one to Graham Greene [called "Th..
1956/07/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 47]
Stephen SpenderCollected PoemsSpender's Collected Poems-a most satisfying book. He has done a better job of versifying than Auden. No man sh..
1956/07/19
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 32]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiManual of Zen Buddhism / Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiToday I am mailing ack to the Kentucky university library the most interesting "Manual of Zen" by Suzuki. I am..
1956/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 59]
Diadochos of PhotikeCapita centum de perfectione spiritualiDiadochos-"the abyss of faith boils if you examine it, but if you look upon it with simplicity, it becomes onc..
1956/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 62]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; ed. by Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieFROM [VLADIMIR SERGEYEVICH] SOLOVIEV "The moral limit to the egoism of a given person is not the egoism of oth..
1956/08/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 63]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; ed. by Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieSoloviev-The strength of a falsehood insists on the importance of a corresponding truth. "The importance of a ..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 65]
Georges BernanosLast Essays of Georges BernanosOn top of this, [Georges] Bernanos' Last Essays of which at least the last is fine (I have not touched any of ..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 64]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsJulien Green's Journal has finally come to absorb me altogether in the sleepy time after dinner when I have to..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 65]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsTo be completely dependent on a country, on a city"¦for a moment I was annoyed at Green and started finding fa..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 64]
OrigenesTreatise on Prayer.The Treatise on Prayer is the first thing of Origen's that I have really liked except perhaps the Homilies on ..
1956/08/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 66]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismThe toughness and integrity of Emmanuel Mounier [Note 7: Emmanuel Mounier (1905-1950) was a French philosopher..
1956/08/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 68-69]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismMounier says (in showing that the idea of person must be defined by the power to communicate - and showing how..
1956/08/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 70-71]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismIt is easy to say of every new idea one meets-"It is all in St. Bernard." It is very doubtful, for instance, ..
1956/09/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 77]
Helen WaddellWandering ScholarsThe Cistercians of the 12th. century were forbidden to write not only rhyming verse, as Helen Waddell records,..
1957/00/00
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 84]
Hans Urs von BalthasarPresence et pensee. Essay sur la philosophie religieuse de Gregoire de Nysse"Etrefidèle à la Tradition, ce n'est donc pas repeter et transmettre litteralement des theses de philosophie o..
1957/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 86]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetYet one of Berdyaev's greatest mistakes is to reject the Gospel as incomplete and patristic theology as steril..
1957/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 87]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetBerdyaev is demanding-as Blake demanded-that man should truly find his liberty in Christ. He is aware that thi..
1957/05/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 88]
Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon"Once, when the great ‘we' still existed, we understood them as one had understood them before. We had penet..
1957/05/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 88]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetBerdyaev, who is always so ready to offend pious ears with statements that are, as they stand, even heretical,..
1957/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 89]
Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right'""¦a clan in radical chains, one of the classes of bourgeois society which does not belong to bourgeois societ..
1957/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 90]
Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right'Marx is, in some strange way, an heir of Ezechiel and Jeremias. Not that he is a conscious and willing instrum..
1957/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 92-93]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetLong quote from Berdyaev. Le sens de la tradition, 216-17 [W.E.: must probably be Le sens de la creation]..
1957/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 94]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetIn Theophane Zatvornik, a Russian bishop of the 19th. century, the asceticism of the fathers was revived, says..
1957/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 95]
Mikhail ZoshchenkoRussia LaughsGood writing and good art are coming to mean much in the salvation of Russia. It is sad that the cultural cont..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 101]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovDu Verbe incarne : (Agnus Dei) / par Serge Boulgakof ; trad. du russe par Constantin AndronikofBulgakov's explanation of his sophianology (Du verbe incarne, p. 16) seems to me clear and satisfactory. The d..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 101]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuVery important for the understanding of Bulgakov-the idea that the Divine Nature constitutes for the Divine Pe..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 102]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu"La Sophia est le plerôme, le monde de Dieu existant en Dieu et pour Dieu, eternel et incree, où Dieu vit en ..
1957/08/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 104-05]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu"La Sophie est La Sagesse de Dieu, elle est la gloire de Dieu, est l'humanite en Dieu, elle est la Theanthropi..
1957/08/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 107]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuI think this morning I found the key to Bulgakov's Sophianism. His idea is that the Divine Sophia, play, wisdo..
1957/08/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 108]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsFinally got the rest of Green's Journals. Their climate is wonderful. I am really at home in it-he is an hones..
1957/08/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 110-11]
Ezra PoundHugh Selwyn MauberleyThe best of Pound is in Hugh Selwyn Mauberley... Sometimes as much like Ogden Nash as he is like Auden. Pound ..
1957/08/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 109]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuSeveral quotes from Boulgakov's La Sagesse de Dieu, also on the next pages..
1957/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 112]
Publius Ovidius NasoMetamorphosesFrankly, Ovid had terrible taste. Yet in the Metamorphoses there are some wonderful things mixed up with ponde..
1957/09/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 115]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournals"La religion est mal comprise. Elle rend stupides ceux qui se veulent pieux afin le pouvoir s'admirer dans cet..
1957/09/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 116]
Ludwig BemelmansDonkey insideNo easy generalizations about Job and Zen. Job is a big koan. So is everything else. Best book yet about Ecuad..
1957/09/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 116]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersWent to Terrell Dickey about layouts for a postulant's pamphlet... He kept kidding me about wanting a modern l..
1957/09/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 117]
Dom Alexis PresseA l'ecole de St. BenoîtDom Alexis Presse-"A l'ecole de St. Benoît" ["In the School of St. Benedict"] has some very nice things-a go..
1957/09/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 118]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersA Series of sentence fragments from John of the Cross's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book I, chapter 13, 4-6...
1957/09/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 119]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersAnd this is what happens to people with a priori notions of what pleases God or "ought" to please Him. (Eatin..
1957/09/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 120-21]
Saint-John PerseExcile: and other PoemsI wonder if it is a sin against poverty to read the poems of St. John Perse. They are magnificent. Immensely r..
1957/09/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 121-22]
Saint-John PerseExcile: and other PoemsTremendous religious power and purity of St. John Perse's Rain. Four lines like the prophetic books of Blake, ..
1957/10/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 124-25]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"Whoever seeks Christ without the Church, putting his trust in his own insight and what goes by the name of cr..
1957/10/12
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 229]
Karl AdamChrist of FaithReading"”I try to do some. A fair amount here and there. I love Karl Adams' new book, The Christ of Faith. And..
1957/10/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 125]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The real root of every heresy is to be found not in the sphere of revelation but in the pagan philosophies."..
1957/10/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 126]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristMirum est quod homo potest umquam perfecte in hac vita laetari, qui suum exilium et tam multa pericula animae ..
1957/10/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 126-27]
Tuesday Lobsang RampaThird Eye. The Autobiography of a Tibetan LamaA thrilling and terrifying and fascinating book-The Third Eye by a Tibetan lama who calls himself Rimpoche Ram..
1957/10/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 128]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the NightHow can we sing the psalms, or understand them, if we are not Jews? Psallite sapienter [Sing praises with a ps..
1957/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 130]
Georges BernanosDiary of a Country PriestOne reason why it is so hard to read Bernanos' The Diary of a Country Priest is breaking this ghetto wall. Don..
1957/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 129]
James JoyceLetters of James Joyce"Ten years of my life have been consumed in correspondence and litigation about my book Dubliners. It was reje..
1957/10/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 131]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the Night"The ‘People' are regarded through the Socialist Bureaucracy's eyes as a target for propaganda, not as a liv..
1957/10/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 131]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The man who does not in his heart protest against obvious baseness and does not passionately try to suppress ..
1957/10/5
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 128-29]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the NightThe ending of Thieves in the Night is something of an anticlimax. A very useful book for monks who can read su..
1957/11/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 133]
Karl AdamSpirit of CatholicismVery satisfied with Karl Adam's Scotist solution of the problem raised by Christ's statement that not even the..
1957/11/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 134]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The history of philosophy is the history of human inquiry and human error, not the history of Truth. Truth ha..
1957/11/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 135]
James JoyceLetters of James JoyceJoyce's Letters (sent them back to Louisville today)-a very fine book. Especially enjoyed his letters to his f..
1957/11/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 135]
Jacques GuilletThèmes bibliques. Etudes sur l'expression et le developement de la revelationNecessity of the Bible. More and more of it. A book like Gillet's Thèmes bibliques fantastically rich and usef..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 141]
Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon(From Darkness at Noon) "The Party denied the free will of the individual - and at the same time exacted his w..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 140]
Arthur KoestlerInvisable Writing"Their mentality (of party intellectuals in 1930s) was a caricature of the revolutionary spirit"¦the seeds of ..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 140]
Bertolt BrechtMeasures Taken / Translated from German Die MassnahmeQuote from Bert Brecht Punitive Measure: "He who fights for communism must be able to fight and to renounce fi..
1957/12/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 146]
Albert EinsteinIdeas and Opinions"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, ..
1957/12/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 146-47]
Albert EinsteinIdeas and OpinionsHere, however, is a paragraph which I can and ought to make my own: "My passionate sense of social justice and..
1957/12/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 148]
Georges BernanosDialogue des carmelitesBob also sent Bernanos' Dialogue des carmelites one of the first things I read after coming over to the noviti..
1958/01/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 155]
Miguel CovarrubiasIndian Art of Mexico and Central AmericaI have [Miguel] Covarrubias' new book [Indian Art of Mexico and Central America] from the Louisville library. ..
1958/02/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 165]
Ciro AlegriaMundo es ancho y ajenoReading Ciro Alegria's "El mundo es ancho y ajeno," walking up and down the stonepath in the cold. It is a be..
1958/02/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 167]
Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasiónCurious novel of Bioy Casaris, Plan d'evasion, about a governor of Devil's Island experimenting with certain p..
1958/02/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 169]
Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasiónBack to Bioy Casaris' Plan d'evasion-as a symbol and a symptom. It is about French people. The death rattle of..
1958/03/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 179]
Gabriel MarcelHomo viatorMy day of recollection. Went to confession to Fr. John of the Cross in the vault, as usual. Had to wait a litt..
1958/03/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 182-83]
Edward Steichenfamily of man : the greatest photographic exhibition of all time : 503 pictures from 68 countries / created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern ArtMarvellous books for a few pennies-including The Family of Man for 50 cents. All those fabulous pictures. And ..
1958/03/27
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 44]
Piero BargelliniUnquiet Conscience / Translated from Latin by Thomas MertonI enjoyed the Italian piece [note 34: The Unquiet Conscience by Piero Bargellini, later translated by Thomas M..
1958/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 188]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Amour des lettres et le desier de Dieu. Initiation aux auteurs monastiques du moyen ageI had been reading Dom Leclercq's new book L'Amour des lettres et le Desir de Dieu which is very fine, and I s..
1958/04/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 192-93]
Martin BuberI and ThouBuber's I and Thou, in an execrable translation, very difficult to follow at first. An important book, in whic..
1958/04/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 193]
Martin BuberI and Thou"How foolish and hopeless would be the man who turned aside from the course of his life in order to seek God; ..
1958/04/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 195]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevRussian IdeaCharmed and fascinated by everything Berdyaev says in "The Russian Idea" until suddenly I am brought up with ..
1958/04/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 197-98]
John CollierIndians of the AmericasI am deeply moved by John Collier's book on The Indians of the Americas.... Until the beginning of the century..
1958/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 195-96]
Martin BuberI and ThouFine climax to Buber's I and Thou. "Meeting with God does not come to man in order that he may concern himself..
1958/05/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 200]
Pablo Antonio CuadraJaguar y la luna : poemasPablo Antonio Cuadra arrived with his wife last evening and left this afternoon. Read me some very fine poems ..
1958/05/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 203]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeAbove all, this year has marked my discovery of Pasternak. First, in the copy of Encounter which came by chanc..
1958/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204]
Boris PasternakSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other WritingsFinished Pasternak's Safe Conduct and felt as if I must at once begin to read it again. A magnificent book, on..
1958/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204]
Hannah ArendtOrigins of TotalitarianismThe terrible insights of Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism. Wrote notes here under the pine trees in ..
1958/05/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204-05]
Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and FreedomAn admirable book from the Louisville library. Berdyaev's Slavery and Freedom. I think it is useful to know wh..
1958/06/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 205-06]
Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and Freedom"It need to be said that politics are always based on lies"¦(we ought to) demand the reduction of politics and..
1958/06/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 208]
Albert Camuschute, recitCamus' La chute [The Fall]. I admit is too long...
1958/07/04
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 51]
John GuntherInside Russia TodayI sent back the big Kulski book yesterday and one other. I will be sending the Current History volume as soon ..
1958/07/18
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 52]
Albert Camuschute, recitBy now everything of the U of K. Library that I had borrowed is on its way back. Unless the unbound an unmarke..
1958/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 211]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and Spirituality[Louis] Bouyer's book on Newman, in the refectory, is very good - especially interested in the parts about Oxf..
1958/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 210]
Pie Raymond Regamey O.P.Non-Violence et conscience chretienneDoing violence to myself to read Regamey's book on non-violence because I need it. A lot of it is arid and plo..
1958/08/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 214]
Fyodor DostoyevskyPossessed / by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; transl. from the Russian by Constance Garnett ; with a foreww by Avrahm Yarmolinsky and a transl. of the hitherto-suppressed chapter "At Tihon's"Yesterday good day of recollection in the woods. Read the part of The Possessed about the mad Saint Symeon and..
1958/08/22
[Ltrs: CforT p. 87]
Boris PasternakSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other WritingsI have not yet had the pleasure of reading your recent autobiography although I am familiar with the earlier o..
1958/09/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 231]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeHave you heard of the new book of the Russian poet Pasternak? Dr. Zhivago. It is a tremendous thing and a lot ..
1958/09/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 231]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and SpiritualityIn the refectory they are reading Newman's life by Louis Bouyer, a splendid book "¦ I think it is the wisest a..
1958/09/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 216]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeFor the last 5 days or so-reading Dr. Zhivago which finally came. Deeply moved by it. Not being in the habit o..
1958/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 218]
Charles Freer AndrewsMahatma Gandhi: His Life and WorksYesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. F. Andrews on Gandhi (the concep..
1958/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 218]
Søren KierkegaardEither/OrYesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. F. Andrews on Gandhi (the concep..
1958/10/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 221]
OrigenesOpera OmniaThe charm of Origen-entranced by his commentary on Numbers with its inexhaustible fertility of ideas (which on..
1958/10/05
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 221-22]
Thomas Verner MooreLife of Man with GodRead a little of Dom T. Verner Moore's The Life of Man with God. It has some good things in it but the whole a..
1958/10/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 223]
Cesar VallejoPoesías completas (1918-1938) / Cesar Vallejo ; recop. y pról. de Cesar MiroReading Vallejo. Oye a tu masa a terrific poem which I will translate...
1958/10/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 223]
Mark Van DorenAutobiography of Mark Van DorenThen on Friday Mark Van Doren's autobiography came and I have begun it, getting with him as far now as the arm..
1958/10/13
[Ltrs: CforT p. 180]
Boris PasternakDoctor ZhivagoFr. Lawrence [Ernesto Cardenal] has already told me a little about the history (behind the poem). It is a magn..
1958/10/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 224]
Louis BouyerTrône de la sagesseFinishing up a very good two day retreat. Spent it all under the five or six pine trees near St. Teresa's fiel..
1958/10/23
[Ltrs: CforT p. 89]
Boris PasternakDoctor ZhivagoSince my first letter to you I have obtained and read the book [Dr. Zhivago] published by Pantheon, and it has..
1958/10/23
[Ltrs: CforT p. 90]
Vladimir Sergeyewich SolovyovMeaning of LoveAm I right in surmising that the ideas in this book run closely parallel to those in [Vladimir] Soloviev's Mea..
1958/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 226]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of SophiologyFrom the Library of Congress I got Bulgakov's Wisdom of God which is tremendous, particularly his last chapter..
1958/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 230]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindReading Czeslaw Milosz The Captive Mind-a really interesting book. When you read something worthwhile in these..
1958/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 229]
Jean Mabillon o.s.b.Traite des etudes monastiquesReading Mabillon's wise and delightful book on monastic studies. Among other things-this beautiful quotation f..
1958/11/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 230]
Josef PieperHappiness and Contemplation"The whole of political life seems to be ordered with a view of attaining the happiness of contemplation. For ..
1958/12/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 54]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindHaving read your remarkable book The Captive Mind I find it necessary to write to you, as without your help I ..
1958/12/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 235]
Hans Urs von BalthasarDieu et l'homme d'aujourd'huiHans Urs Von Balthasar. "Dieu et l'homme d'aujourd'hui" [God and Man Today]..
1958/12/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 237]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of Sophiology"Christian humanism, which preserves the development of all the creative capacities of man, may be understood ..
1958/12/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 93]
Boris PasternakI Remember: Sketch for an AutobiographyKurt W. [Wolff] has sent me the Essai autobiographique [written as the introduction to A Sketch for an Autobio..
1958/12/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 240]
Paul BruntonHermit in the Himalayas / pen name of Raphael HurstToday began reading what seems to be a remarkable though poorly written book-Hermit in the Himalayas by Brinto..
1958/12/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 244]
SophoclesOedipus at ColonusSignificant that on the 28th. in the morning I read Oedipus at Colonus and was deeply moved by it...
1959/01/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 244-45]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeIn the morning chapter Rev. Father, because of certain events and circumstances, came out strongly against the..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Edmund WilsonAmerican Earthquake. A Documentary of the Twenties and ThirtiesI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Richard Bewe GreggPower of Non-violenceI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den GlaubenI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. SteereI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 248]
Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den GlaubenMoved by Guardini's wonderful book on Dostoevsky...
1959/01/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 253-54]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevSolitude and SocietyFrom Berdyaev's "Solitude and Society": "Man may feel himself infinitely more alone in the midst of his corel..
1959/02/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 259]
Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. SteereKierkegaard's marvelous book on the Works of Love. With pages of careful and passionate thought he returns aga..
1959/02/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 263]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovOrthodox ChurchTradition. "God has given us a thought of our own and our personal work cannot be done in the past. In other w..
1959/02/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 264]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindFine letter from Czeslaw Milosz in Paris. I had written about The Captive Mind. He replied at length about Alp..
1959/02/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 56-57]
Paul ClaudelJeanne d'Arc au bûcherThere is something much too mental and abstract, something too parochial about a great deal of Catholic though..
1959/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 266]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungA most significant event. After much thought, prayer, and debate, consulted the I Ching as, I think a valid ex..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
OrigenesOpera OmniaRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; ed. by Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 272]
Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyPaths that Lead to the Same Summit"The time is coming when it will be necessary for the man who is to be called ‘educated' to know either Arab..
1959/04/14
[Ltrs: CforT p. 96]
Boris PasternakI Remember: Sketch for an AutobiographyThank you also for I Remember. You have presented it very attractively, and I am delighted to find in it the n..
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Cuthbert ButlerWestern Mysticism: The Teaching of SS Augustine Gregory and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative LifeFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Louis BouyerMeaning of the Monastic LifeFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 389]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungThe other thing that has kept me waiting is the need for time to digest the superb letter of Pasternak. Things..
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 390]
Conrad PeplerEnglish Religious HeritageBut the important thing for you at the moment is not Zen or I Ching, so please do not let me distract you from..
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 390]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and SpiritualityBut the important thing for you at the moment is not Zen or I Ching, so please do not let me distract you from..
1959/05/08
[Ltrs: CforT p. 97-98]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfHow happy I am that [C. G.] Jung is doing an autobiography, and that Kurt is working with him. I recently read..
1959/05/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 279]
Abraham Joshua HeschelBetween God and Man. An Interpretation of JudaismLax brought down the proofs of [Abraham] Heschel's God and Man - which looks very interesting. A Hasid, from W..
1959/05/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 279]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasThird day of retreat. Yesterday, quiet-sunny day-spent all possible time in the woods reading and meditating. ..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Myrrha Lot-BorodinNicolas Cabasilas: un maître de la spiritualite byzantine au XIVe siècleYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Sydney LochAthos, the Holy MountainYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 69]
Constantine CavarnosAnchored in God: Life, Art, and Thought on the Holy Mountain of AthosI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book [Note 59: Conastantine Cavarnos, Anchored in God..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 4]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasThe first thing to be said, of course, is that Hagia Sophia is God Himself. God is not only a Father but a Mot..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 5]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book has been very fin"”and the Hesiod. When you have..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 69]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book [Note 59: Conastantine Cavarnos, Anchored in God..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 5]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of SophiologyThank you for the photostats from the [Catholic] Encyclopedia [on Wisdom]. I looked them over, and they just b..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 59]
Czeslaw MiloszSeizure of PowerNow about your own books. I suppose it is not strange that your younger earthy and cosmic self should be so sh..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 59]
Czeslaw MiloszSur les bords de l'IssaNow about your own books. I suppose it is not strange that your younger earthy and cosmic self should be so sh..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 58]
Lional Mordecai TrillingBroken Mirror: A Collection of Writings from Contemporary Poland / edited by Pawel MayewskiReading The Broken Mirror, I was moved by the sense of real kinship with most of the writers. Underneath the i..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 61]
Nicolai BerdyaevMeaning of CreationYet I am very taken with Berdyaev. He is certainly too glib. His explanations and intuitions come up with a su..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 61]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevSolitude and SocietyYet I am very taken with Berdyaev. He is certainly too glib. His explanations and intuitions come up with a su..
1959/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 284]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevDestiny of ManA quiet morning reading in the woodshed (for the first time in seventeen years had nothing to do with the deco..
1959/06/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 286]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsSaw Shakertown-the big old dormitories stood among the weeds in desolation. Yet there was still something youn..
1959/06/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 298]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyOpened a new translation of Eckhart, and immediately hit upon this: "Obedience has no cares, it lacks no bless..
1959/06/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 297]
Gerard Manley Hopkinsnote-books and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins / Gerard Manley Hopkins ; ed. with notes and a pref. by Humphry HouseBaffled by the intensity of observation in the G. M. Hopkins notebooks (Thought I would talk to the novices ab..
1959/07/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 304-05]
Henri TroyatCase de l'Oncle SamBorrowed from the Library of Congress Henri Troyat's La case de l'Oncle Sam. Journalism but refreshing-it is F..
1959/07/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 306]
D.H. LawrenceMornings in MexicoNow too is the time to go into a different regime. I don't need all the library books I have been getting (tho..
1959/08/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 315-16]
William BlakeComplete writings : with all the variant readings / William Blake ; ed. by Geoffrey KeynesAnd several books on Blake from U.K. library (I had asked for them). When I was in Louisville I picked up, on ..
1959/08/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 316-17]
James ThurberYears with RossTerrell Dickey lent me Thurber's book The Years with Ross. Interesting, and yet I don't laugh. In a way it is ..
1959/08/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 318]
James ThurberYears with RossThe book about the New Yorker-Thurber's-oppresses me. Civilization oppresses me, or rather all that is new in ..
1959/08/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 320]
James ThurberYears with RossI continued to be interested and depressed by The Years with Ross. It is really a very remarkable book in its ..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
Herbert ButterfieldChristianity and HistoryHaving been giving deep attention (as deep as possible when one is half awake before Sext) to Butterfield's bo..
1959/08/24
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 263]
Herbert ButterfieldChristianity and HistoryP. Danielou's book on History, which I have been reading, steered me toward an interesting Englishman called [..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
James ThurberYears with RossYesterday finished The Years with Ross, and am tempted to write Thurber a note about it. This seems to be a go..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeReading Tillich's Love, Power and Justice and am excited by it; it is very dense and strong. The substrate of ..
1959/08/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 322]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfShe [Fr. Anselm's sister] had been completely unable to understand Fr. A's vocation and had challenged him on ..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 576]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeFor some time I have owed you this letter acknowledging your kind gift of Love Power and Justice with your own..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 577]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeFinally I want to tell you how happy I am with the earlier chapters of The Theology of Culture, in which I fin..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 576]
Paul TillichTheology of CultureFor some time I have owed you this letter acknowledging your kind gift of Love Power and Justice with your own..
1959/09/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 114]
Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, KyYour poems about Gethsemani [Gethsemani, Ky.] are very effective and have a special meaning for anyone who kno..
1959/09/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 330]
Paul Evdokimovfemme et le salut du monde : etude d'anthropologie chretienne sur les charismes de la femme / Paul EvdokimovHave been reading a marvelous book of theology by the Orthodox Father Paul Evdokimov who teaches at Saint Serg..
1959/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 332]
 PhilokaliaA copy of two volumes of the Philokalia sent by B. Rambusch from Athens, arrived the other day. Magnificent. I..
1959/10/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 335]
Tung-pin LüSecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and lifeThe last month has been too wild. Seeing too many people-but they came. God brought them. Distraction. I am ve..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Abraham Joshua HeschelMan Is Not AloneI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 337]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelFr. Tresmontant says "C'est au niveau politique que se posent les problèmes moraux les plus graves." ["The gr..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Dane ChandosVillage in the SunI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Josef PieperFour Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, TemperanceI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Tung-pin LüSecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and lifeI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/11/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 338]
 DhammapadaA lovely afternoon full of noise. Reading after dinner-snatches from the Dhammapada-I thought of this clear s..
1959/11/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 339-40]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of CivilizationDenis de Rougemont: The Western Quest - seeking to resolve the antimony inherent in personal life-an antimony ..
1959/11/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 340]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel"Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures"¦nous rappelent queue est l'essence du paganisme: Le ..
1959/11/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 340]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of Civilization"Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures"¦nous rappelent queue est l'essence du paganisme: Le ..
1959/11/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelYet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degenerated into collective immoralit..
1959/11/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Laurens Post, Van DerLost World of the KalahariYet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degenerated into collective immoralit..
1959/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelFinished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
1959/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of CivilizationFinished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
1959/11/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 99]
Tung-pin LüSecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and lifeHow is the Jung biography coming along? I was in the hospital lately and read there The Secret of the Golden F..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
 Apophthegmata PatrumSolitude - witness to Christ - emptiness. Apophthegmata [Sayings of the Desert Fathers] in P[atrologia] G[raec..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
 Cloud of UnknowingKnowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how truly it is my own century, the one ..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandKnowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how truly it is my own century, the one ..
1959/12/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 353]
Niall BrennanMaking of a MoronRead a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal Breman's excellent book The Makin..
1959/12/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 353]
Rene VoillaumeAu coeur des masses. La vie religieuse des Petits Frères du Père de FoucauldRead a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal Breman's excellent book The Makin..
1959/12/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 354]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevMeaning of HistoryBerdyaev's Meaning of History made up of lectures given in Russia right after the Revolution, before he was ki..
1959/12/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 356]
Josef PieperLeisure, The Basis of CultureI have finally gotten around to reading Pieper's fine little book Leisure, The Basis of Culture. It is very so..
1959/12/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 360-61]
Robert LaxCircus of the SunLax's Circus book is a tremendous poem, an Isaias-like prophecy which has a quality you just don't find in poe..
1959/12/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Charles PeguyMystery of the Holy InnocentsRead some of Peguy's "Mystery of the Holy Innocents" to the novices last evening...
1959/12/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Frances M. CornfordPrincipium Sapientiae: The Origins of Greek Philosophical ThoughtInteresting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Ponty and Cornford on the early Gr..
1959/12/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Paul RadinPrimitive Man as PhilosopherInteresting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Ponty and Cornford on the early Gr..
1960/01/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 365]
Maurice Merleau-PontySens et non-sensFrom Merleau-Ponty on Pseudo-scientific Marxism (Sens et non-sens, p. 223). Most intelligent papers I have yet..
1960/01/13
[Ltrs: SofC p. 129]
Cyprian VagagginiTheological dimensions of the liturgy : a general treatise on the theology of the liturgyThank you for Dom Cyprian Vagaggini's book which I am slowly reading with very great satisfaction. It is solid..
1960/01/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369]
Hugh Trevor RoperMen and EventsTrevor Roper's book, which solicits my agreement, and makes one wonder if I am being tempted to treachery. Too..
1960/01/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369]
Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta (The Flaming Arrow)Getting back read the Ignea Sagitta [The Fiery Arrow] again-in view of article on Carmelite ideal. It is clear..
1960/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 370]
AeschylusPrometheus BoundAfter dinner-read the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus. Shattered by it. I do not know when I have read anything ..
1960/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369-70]
Justus George LawlerCatholic Dimension in Higher EducationVery fine book by J. G. Lawler on The Catholic Dimension in Higher Education with splendid quotations from New..
1960/01/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 235]
Justus George LawlerCatholic Dimension in Higher EducationThank you for the new Qumram book which looks solid and interesting. I hope to enjoy it. At the moment I am pl..
1960/01/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 372]
Søren KierkegaardJournals of Kierkegaard / translated bij Alexander DruRead a little of Kierkegaard's Journal but the reading was spoiled by the fact that the more intense passages ..
1960/01/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 28]
Jacques MaritainLiturgie et contemplation / par Jacques et Raïssa Maritain ; pref. de Charles JournetMany thanks for your valuable little book on Liturgy and Contemplation [Liturgie et contemplation, coauthored ..
1960/02/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 376]
Johan HuizingaErasmus and the Age of ReformationMore snow and now, after so many very gloomy days, brilliant winter weather-all the snow freezing and bright s..
1960/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 377]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureWalked in the snow after dinner and read a little about St. Bede. There are so many things to read! Snell on t..
1960/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 377]
Erich FrommZen Buddhism & Psychoanalysis / Other autors: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Richard De MartinoMust write to Fromm about the new book (Zen and Psychoanalysis) which is on the whole excellent, especially Su..
1960/03/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 379]
Giles Lytton StracheyEminent VictoriansLytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians. The life of Manning is a masterpiece. That of Arnold, disappointing. Tha..
1960/03/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 380]
Louis MassignonAkhbar al-Hallaj. Texte ancien relatif à la predication et au supplice du mystique musulman al-Hosayn B. Mansour al-HallajReading [Al] Hallaj in Massignon's translation-about which I wrote him a letter today. Hallaj is right, and ou..
1960/03/18
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 276]
Louis MassignonAkhbar al-Hallaj. Texte ancien relatif à la predication et au supplice du mystique musulman al-Hosayn B. Mansour al-HallajHow can I begin to write you a letter about the amazing book of the prayers and exhortations of Hallaj [Akhbar..
1960/03/21
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 380]
Nadejda GorodetzkyHumiliated Christ in Russian ThoughtVery important book-The Humiliated Christ in Russian Thought-from the Library of Congress. More and more impre..
1960/04/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Gershom Gerhard ScholemMajor Trends in Jewish MysticismExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Erich FrommArt of Loving: an Enquiry into the Nature of LoveExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Josef A. JungmannSacrifice of the Church: the Meaning of the MassExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and ThanksgivingsExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 385]
Jacques BarzunHouse of IntellectReading Barzun's House of Intellect. Good criticism of the so-called educational "system" which is no system...
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 66]
Albert Camuschute, recitAt the same time I enjoy and respect Camus, and think I understand him. What you said about La Chute struck me..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 67]
Jean Paul SartreHuis ClosI do not have much interest in Sartre, he puts me to sleep, as if he were deliberately dull: assommant is a mu..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 67]
Jean Paul Sartrenausee : romanI do not have much interest in Sartre, he puts me to sleep, as if he were deliberately dull: assommant is a mu..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 68]
Robert LaxCircus of the SunI wish you could see one good book, though, that is unknown, by my friend Robert Lax"”The Circus of the Sun. I..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Anscar VonierPeople of GodStill reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Erich NeumannAmor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale by Apuleius.Still reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Jacques BarzunHouse of IntellectStill reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 395]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionI have been reading a fabulous book, The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, the one who wrote such a good one o..
1960/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 395]
Hannah ArendtOrigins of TotalitarianismI have been reading a fabulous book, The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, the one who wrote such a good one o..
1960/05/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 389]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionHannah Arendt's Human Condition is another cardinal book, a hinge on which one's whole thought can turn. Whole..
1960/05/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 391]
Robert Penn WarrenSegregation: the Inner Conflict in the SouthWhat had most impressed me was the little book-a pamphlet really-of Robert Penn Warren on Segregation. Powerfu..
1960/05/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 3-4]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesReading [Joseph Jean] Lanza del Vasto, Le Pèlerinage aux Sources [Paris, 1945]. His account of Gandhi and Ward..
1960/05/30
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 236]
Richard HughesHigh Wind in JamaicaI have lately read some Joseph Conrad and he is always a Master. Did you ever read anything of Richard Hughes,..
1960/06/01
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 268]
Georges BernanosDialogue des carmelitesDid I thank you yet for Bernanos' Dialogues des Carmelites? It is a splendid thing, and it is good to have it ..
1960/06/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 5]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionHannah Arendt writes of the Greek p????‚ [polis] - "Before men began to act, a definite space had to be secure..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 6-7]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPeleinage aux SourcesYesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my eyes stinging. Hot, I took a col..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 6-7]
Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalismeYesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my eyes stinging. Hot, I took a col..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 8]
Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalismeI have a natural tendency to become an escapist, a snob, a narcissist. (And my problems arise largely from gui..
1960/06/06
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 9]
Maurice VillainAbbe Paul Couturier"Des hommes comme Saint Seraphim, Saint François d'Assise et bien d'autres ont accompli dans leur vie l'union ..
1960/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionFinished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Arendt-The Human Condition...
1960/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesFinished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Arendt-The Human Condition...
1960/06/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, KyErnesto Cardenal's book of poems about Gethsemani arrived. Small, bare, but warm poems, austere annotations, l..
1960/06/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 11]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionFinished the Human Condition today. It is the deepest and most important defense of the contemplative life tha..
1960/06/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 17]
Bertolt BrechtTrial of Heron LucullusI am in St. Anthony's Hospital for X-rays. A quiet hot day, reading Chinese philosophy and a little book on th..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
Bertolt BrechtPrivate Life of the Master RaceRead Brecht "Private Life of the Master Rac" under the pine trees the other day. Because it is good, one can ..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
D.H. LawrenceSketches of Etruscan Places and other Italian EssaysI have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been trying to do too much especiall..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
Ivor Armstrong RichardsMencius on the Mind: Experiments in Multiple DefinitionI have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been trying to do too much especiall..
1960/07/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 24]
Giuseppe LampedusaThe LeopardFinished [Giuseppe di Lampedusa's] The Leopard yesterday. A finely constructed novel which suddenly disintegra..
1960/08/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 26]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisA passionate and convinced book by a Franciscan [Giulio Basetti-Sani, Mohammed et Saint François, Ottawa, 1959..
1960/08/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 29]
 Koran"Parmi les lignes il y a les vaisseaux qui, sur la mer, sont comme dans le desert." ["Among the many vessels ..
1960/08/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 30]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisL. Massignon believes that the "nocturnal ascension" of Mohammed brought him to the threshold of mysticism bu..
1960/08/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 30]
Jean SteinmannSaint Jerome and His Times[Jean] Steinmann's book on St. Jerome [St. Jerome and His Times, New York, 1959] in the refectory is interesti..
1960/08/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 138]
Fyodor DostoyevskyBrothers KaramazovYes, I too love Dostoevsky, very much. Staretz Zosima can always make me weep and a lot of the beat people in ..
1960/08/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 138]
Fyodor DostoyevskyHouse of the DeadYes, I too love Dostoevsky, very much. Staretz Zosima can always make me weep and a lot of the beat people in ..
1960/08/20
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 33-34]
VinobaTalks on the Gita (Translators have retained some essential Sanskrit words) / Vinoba ; introd. by Jayaprakash NarayanWonderful book by [Acharya] Vinoba [Bhave], Talks on the Gita [New York, 1960]-sent by Lax. Began it yesterday..
1960/08/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 36-37]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuI have finished reading the proofs of the Divine Milieu of P[ère] Teilhard de Chardin which were sent to me by..
1960/09/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 39]
Olivier ClementTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxe"Le Temps de l'Eglise culmine donc à la prise de conscience par chaque personne humaine que la Fin est dejà pr..
1960/09/04
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 279]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisAs you know, Herbert has been here. He was telling me that you were going to Moscow, etc., and I did not write..
1960/09/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 42]
Max PicardFlight from GodThe heart of Clement's book-that "fallen Tim" (le temps dechu) has no present. It is only the expression of a..
1960/09/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 42]
Olivier ClementTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxeThe heart of Clement's book-that "fallen Tim" (le temps dechu) has no present. It is only the expression of a..
1960/09/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 397]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuThey (well, a publisher) sent me a book by Teilhard de Chardin to review: The Divine Milieu. It is fairly good..
1960/09/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestBrought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty's Week End in the Middle of the We..
1960/09/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
Oliver St. John GogartyWeek End in the Middle of the Week: and other Essays on the BiasBrought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty's Week End in the Middle of the We..
1960/09/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest"For what, in that world of gigantic horror, was tolerable except the slighter gestures of dissent?" So says ..
1960/09/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 45]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938The book on Staretz Sylvan by Archimandrite Sophrony [The Undistorted Image, London, 1958]-monk of Athos now i..
1960/09/15
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 115]
Mahatma GandhiNon-violence in Peace and WarTo Carolyn: many thanks for the Gandhi [Note 96: Mahatma Gandhi, Non-Violence in Peace and War, from which mrt..
1960/09/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 48]
Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard CitronFrom Karl Barth-Christmas 1931 [translated by Berhard Citron, London, 1959]. (That Christmas I was in Strasbou..
1960/09/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 49]
Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard CitronOpposites: Karl Barth and Gemistus Pletho.15 I do not mean to be facetious. Gemistus (who attended the Council..
1960/09/19
[Ltrs: SofC p. 135]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938About being a monk: have you run across the splendid biography of Staretz Silouan who died on Mt. Athos in 193..
1960/09/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 51]
Karl BarthAgainst the StreamMoving words of K. Barth preached on Good Friday 1948 in Hungary at Debrecen, the great Calvinist center. "For..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestReading Lorca again-what a marvelous poet, so alive, so much strength and vividness and sound. I can think of ..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestFinished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all the rest of it. Finished Isaias. N..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Geant de l'Erudtition benedictineFinished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all the rest of it. Finished Isaias. N..
1960/09/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 53]
Gordon HarlandThought of Reinhold NiebuhrPolitics-at last I think I am beginning to come out of my stupor. Excellent book on [Reinhold] Niebuhr (by G. ..
1960/10/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 55]
Andre Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon PlatonAfter night office, long quiet interval, reading [Andre Marie Jean] Festugière on Plato. And that life of Dom ..
1960/10/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 57]
PlatoPhaedoAfter the Night Office. The superb moral and positive beauty of the Phaedo. One does not have to agree with Pl..
1960/10/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 57]
Mahatma GandhiNon-violence in Peace and War"A person who realizes a particular evil of his time and finds that it overwhelms him dives deep in his own br..
1960/10/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 59]
Andre Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon PlatonCoffee after night office and the good long silence until Prime. Deliciae meae. [My delights.] This is somethi..
1960/10/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 59]
Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Geant de l'Erudtition benedictineFinishing life of Dom Martène-the curious condition at Saint-Germain-des-Pres at beginning of 18th cent.-somet..
1960/11/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 63]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManRead sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious about the monks of Lerins. Reading ..
1960/11/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 63]
Charles Harold DoddThe Bible TodayRead sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious about the monks of Lerins. Reading ..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 65]
Charles Harold DoddThe Bible TodayC. H. Dodd - in a remarkable book (The Bible Today): "We shall get at the truth of our present situation only ..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 65]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuI have nothing but sympathy for his attempt to take a new view of things. I have not read anything but the Div..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 64]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuDom Gabriel [Sortais, the Abbot General], after consulting a professor in Rome, has refused permission to prin..
1960/11/15
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 66]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManAt the heart of Heschel's splendid book-God in Search of Man-the consistent emphasis on the importance of time..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
 Cloud of UnknowingSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 44]
Bruno de Jesus-Marie o.c.d.Saint Jean de la CroixIn regard to St. John of the Cross, I think we have here some paperback editions of his main works and I have ..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Jan RuysbroeckAdornment of the Spiritual MarriageSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and ThanksgivingsSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/12/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 71]
M.E. BoismardDu Baptême à CanaCame to St. Mary of Carmel and built a pretty fire in the fireplace and got settled down to read: and opening ..
1960/12/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 72]
Isaac of StellaSermonesMagnificent light in the lapidary sentences of Isaac of Stella. Fire struck from stone: but how marvelous! His..
1960/12/05
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 237]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuDid you mention something about Teilhard de Chardin? I have had some trouble there too. Ed [Rice] sent me a re..
1960/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 31-32]
Edward Deming Andrewspeople called Shakers : a search for the perfect societyIt was indeed a pleasure to get your kind letter. I had been thinking of writing to you myself for some time, ..
1960/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 31-32]
Edward Deming AndrewsShaker furniture : the craftsmanship of an American communal sect / by Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews ; photos by William F. WinterIt was indeed a pleasure to get your kind letter. I had been thinking of writing to you myself for some time, ..
1960/12/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 430]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManI think the one that really appeals to me the most of all is God in Search of Man. I do not mean that I think ..
1960/12/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 78]
Werner Wilhelm JaegerPaideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture / Gilbert Highet (translator)Snow is melting a little. Quiet afternoon of Christmas Eve. Read a book of Newman's romantic but fundamentally..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude-a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in another..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
Giuseppe LampedusaThe LeopardI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude - a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in anoth..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
Henry MillerBig Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus BoschI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude-a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in another..
1960/12/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 80]
Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyHinduism and BuddhismIncomparable richness of Coomaraswamy! His book on Hinduism and Buddhism. I am giving it a first reading in wh..
1961/01/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 86]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmMoved by S. N. Behrman's beautiful book on Max Beerbohm [Portrait of Max, New York, 1960]. That is important f..
1961/01/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 89]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmThat Behrman book on Beerbohm is not always admirable. Sometimes his admiration makes him sound like something..
1961/01/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 90]
Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxieAn overwhelming statement of P[aul] Evdokimov. "Pour l'orthodoxie il ne s'agit jamais d'une soumission à une i..
1961/01/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 90]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmI know what really annoys me about the Behrman book-he is finally, completely, dedicated to the illusion that ..
1961/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxieEvdokimov on orthodoxy - once again, as I have so many times recently, I meet the concept of natura naturans [..
1961/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Salvatore QuasimodoFalse and True Green / translation from the Italian: Il falso e vero verde[Salvatore] Quasimodo's wonderful poem on Auschwitz [Complete Poems, New York, 1984] sees this. I am deeply in..
1961/01/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 559-60]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938First of all, your book about the Staretz Silouane offers a striking example of a sanctity that is monastic, a..
1961/01/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Reinhold NiebuhrChristian Realism and Political ProblemsI respect more and more the intelligence and integrity of Reinhold Niebuhr. His is one of the few authenticall..
1961/02/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 92-93]
 ten principal Upanishads / put into English by Shree Purohit, swami, and W.B. YeatsTremendous discovery. The Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad! Kairos! Everything for a long time has been slowly leadin..
1961/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 129]
Laurens Post, van derDark Eye in Africa: Politics, PsychologyHave you read a wonderful book called the Dark Eye in Africa by Laurens Van der Post? He is another remarkable..
1961/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 129]
Laurens Post, van derLost World of the KalaharyHave you read a wonderful book called the Dark Eye in Africa by Laurens Van der Post? He is another remarkable..
1961/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 128]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasYes, I have read Marco Pallis [i.e., Peaks and Lamas]. We do not have it here, I borrowed it from Victor Hamme..
1961/03/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 97]
Benet of CanfieldRule of PerfectionI started the mystical theology class Wednesday (Mar. 1). [Note 5: Merton's lecture notes for this series of c..
1961/03/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 340]
Benet of CanfieldRule of PerfectionI am reading Part III of Benet with the very greatest interest. It is true that he has a welter of divisions a..
1961/03/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 98]
Benet of CanfieldRule of PerfectionFinished reading the MS of Pt. III of Canfield's Rule of Perfection. It is really very fine...
1961/03/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 101]
Arthur KoestlerLotus and the RobotFinishing [Arthur] Koestler's book on Asia, The Lotus and the Robot [London, 1960]. Though there are plenty of..
1961/03/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 74]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindThis is just an added note to the longer letter I mailed this morning. Don't be perturbed about The Captive Mi..
1961/03/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 103]
Robert McAfee BrownAmerican Dialogue: A Protestant Looks at CatholicismDeeply impressed by this statement of Robert McAfee Brown: "All of the great movements of reform and renewal i..
1961/04/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 614]
James LeggeTexts of TaoismNow as to the practical details. I have not seen the Giles translation and would be very glad to have it at ha..
1961/04/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 105]
Gregory of NyssaIn canticum canticorumYesterday-reading bits of Dame Julian of Norwich and today I began Gregory of Nyssa's homilies on the Canticle..
1961/04/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 105]
Johan HuizingaWaning of the Middle Ages"There is not a more dangerous tendency in history than that of representing the past as if it were a rational..
1961/04/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 105]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine LoveYesterday-reading bits of Dame Julian of Norwich and today I began Gregory of Nyssa's homilies on the Canticle..
1961/04/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 289]
William Carlos WilliamsIn the American grainJ. Laughlin"”your publisher and min"”tells me you have been quite sick, a fact which I am sorry to hear. I hop..
1961/04/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 106]
Nicolas of CusaVision of GodTrying to finish Nicholas of Cusa's Vision of God, but he verbalizes too much. Influence of Augustine...
1961/04/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 108]
F.X. DurrwellResurrection: a Biblical Study / translated by Rosemary Sheed[F. X.] Durrwell's book on the Resurrection, sent by Frank Sheed, is excellent when you get into it. A remarka..
1961/04/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 615-16]
John C.H. WuBeyond East and WestI am very glad the Mencius finally arrived and I knew you would like it. I am glad you approved of the "night ..
1961/04/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 341]
Benet of CanfieldRule of PerfectionI now have the first two parts of Canfield's Rule, though I have not had a chance to read them. The notes arri..
1961/05/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 115]
Titus BurckhardtAn introduction to Sufi doctrineAbdul Aziz has sent some books on Islam, including first of all a powerful and concise little volume on Sufism..
1961/05/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 117]
Jean Baptiste PorionHadewijch d'Anvers. Ecrits mystiques des BeguinesHave finally after five - no, seven, years got down to work on the remarkable little book of Dom [Jean-Baptist..
1961/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 48]
Titus BurckhardtAn introduction to Sufi doctrineBut now first of all and before everything else I want to thank you for the remarkable books you sent me. I ha..
1961/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 49]
Titus BurckhardtAn introduction to Sufi doctrineAfter reading Burckhardt, I have glimpsed many interesting relationships and problems. The question of Tawhid ..
1961/05/15
[Ltrs: HGL p. 341-42]
 Cloud of UnknowingI have heard of The Mirror of Simple Souls. It is attributed to Marguerite Porete, an unfortunate Beguine who ..
1961/05/19
[Ltrs: HGL p. 617]
Lao TzuTao Te Ching / Translated by John C.H. WuPaul Sih sent me your translation of Lao Tzu, and this I like very much. I am hoping to write an article on th..
1961/05/23
[Ltrs: HGL p. 549]
Mary Lelia MakraHsiao Ching / transl. (from the Chinese) by Mary Lelia Makra ed. by Paul K. T. SihIt has been a little while since I received your kind letter and later on the copy of the Hsiao Ching, for whi..
1961/05/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 618]
Lao TzuTao Te Ching / Translated by John C.H. WuI have carefully gone through your fine translation of the Tao Te Ching, and it is all superb. I really mean t..
1961/05/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 618]
Mary Lelia MakraHsiao Ching / transl. (from the Chinese) by Mary Lelia Makra ed. by Paul K. T. SihI have carefully gone through your fine translation of the Tao Te Ching, and it is all superb. I really mean t..
1961/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 125-26]
J. B. MahnPape Benoit XII et les cisterciensInteresting book of J. B. Mahn on Benedict XII and the Cistercians. And the question of studies (The College o..
1961/06/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 342]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsThe Mirror of Simple Souls still interests me and I want to look into it more. I forget where I ran across the..
1961/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 125]
William G. CongdonIn My Disk of Gold: Itinary to Christ by William CongdonWrote a couple of pages for Bill Congdon's book the other day. He deserves a statement. He needed the transpar..
1961/06/15
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 127]
Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943Began the other day reading Romain Rolland's Inde. Wide awake and all there when I read this (I cannot say as ..
1961/06/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 130]
Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943Romain Rolland's Inde is detailed and interesting - besides being very important - in the objectivity with whi..
1961/06/21
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 140]
William L. ShirerRise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi GermanyI do not have any book on Nicholas of Cusa or about his work. Carolyn never brought or sent any. Perhaps thoug..
1961/07/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 343]
 Cloud of UnknowingI like the Penguin edition of the Cloud. It is clear and easy for the contemporary reader. Yet it does lose so..
1961/07/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 343]
Walter HiltonScale of PerfectionI like the Penguin edition of the Cloud. It is clear and easy for the contemporary reader. Yet it does lose so..
1961/07/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 137]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyI am becoming entranced with Eckhart: I have been won by the brevity, the incisiveness of his sermons, his way..
1961/07/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 138]
Karl RahnerFree Speech in the ChurchWhat I wrote above, though not quite what I wanted, I still stick to in principle in spite of what K[arl] Rahn..
1961/07/08
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 140]
Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943An understanding of why I am so taken with Romain Rolland, why he speaks to me with such warmth of conviction:..
1961/07/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 141]
Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943Points from Gandhi on non-cooperation (R. Rolland, Inde, p. 327) 1. To refuse military service when the time h..
1961/07/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 289-90]
Allen GinsbergKaddish and other poems 1958-1960It has taken me a long time to get to be able to follow your advice and read Kaddish [and Other Poems], becaus..
1961/07/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 141]
Pius XIDivini RedemptorisEssential soundness of the principles in Divini Redemptoris - Pius XI's Encyclical against atheistic communism..
1961/07/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 142-43]
Placide Tempelsphilosophie bantouI have thought and spoken... with Père Danielou whom, as theologian, I consider my director and who was here o..
1961/07/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 143]
Christopher DawsonHistoric Reality of Christian Culture: A Way to the Renewal of Human LifeI agree with these propositions in C[hristopher] Dawson's excellent book, The Historic Reality of Christian Cu..
1961/07/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 344]
Vladimir LosskyTheologie negative et connaissance de Dieu chez Maître EckhartNow, above all. Today came the Lossky book on Eckhart. It is fabulously good, and not only that but it is for ..
1961/07/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 145]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derRencontres: Leon Bloy, Raïssa Maritain, Christine et PieterkeMoved deeply and to tears by Pierre van der Meer de Walcheren's book Rencontres, which he kindly sent, saying ..
1961/07/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 145]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derRencontres: Leon Bloy, Raïssa Maritain, Christine et PieterkeLovely poem on Chagall by Raissa Maritain in P. Van der Meer's Rencontres. Like to translate it in Jubilee wit..
1961/07/28
[Ltrs: SofC p. 139]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derParadis BlancIt was a joy to receive your book with the very cordial dedication which you inscribed there. I am convinced t..
1961/07/28
[Ltrs: SofC p. 139]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derRencontres: Leon Bloy, Raïssa Maritain, Christine et PieterkeIt was a joy to receive your book with the very cordial dedication which you inscribed there. I am convinced t..
1961/07/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 146]
SophoclesAntigoneLooked over notes on Sophocles' Antigone. Must read it again and again. How great are the Greeks, how much we ..
1961/08/06
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 148]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyToday I read the wonderful sermon on the divine truth in which Eckhart says that as a person about to be struc..
1961/08/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 149]
Clement of AlexandriaProtreptikosBoth Newman and Fenelon loved Clement of Alexandria, which is not at all surprising. To Newman he was "like mu..
1961/08/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 619]
Chuang-tzuDschuang Dsi : das wahre buch vom südlichen Blütenland : Nan hua dschen ging / Chuang-tzu ; aus dem chinesischen verdeutscht und erläutert von Richard WilhelmThe [Leon] Wieger [French translation of Chuang Tzu] is good to have. He is breezy and to some extent helpful,..
1961/08/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 619]
Paul K.T. SihDecision for ChinaI am reading Paul Sih's book about China at the moment. It is very clear and informative, and tells me a lot o..
1961/08/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 619]
Zhuang ZeOeuvre de Tchoang-tzeu / translated into French by Leon WiegerThe [Leon] Wieger [French translation of Chuang Tzu] is good to have. He is breezy and to some extent helpful,..
1961/08/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 549]
Paul K.T. SihDecision for ChinaIt is already a long time since your letter of July 26th and the arrival of the two books, which I was so happ..
1961/08/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 549]
Paul K.T. SihFrom Confusius to ChristIt is already a long time since your letter of July 26th and the arrival of the two books, which I was so happ..
1961/08/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 153]
 Theologica GermanicaThe library has bought a copy of the Theologia Germanica, which I began today...
1961/08/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 154]
Clement of AlexandriaPaedagogueHaving finished the Protreptikos of Clement, began the Pedagogue. He is certainly one of the Fathers I like be..
1961/08/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 154]
Clement of AlexandriaProtreptikosHaving finished the Protreptikos of Clement, began the Pedagogue. He is certainly one of the Fathers I like be..
1961/08/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 155]
Chrisopher DawsonUnderstanding EuropeI finished [Christopher] Dawson's Understanding Europe [New York, 1952]. It is a fine book. He is completely r..
1961/08/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 154]
Henry MillerColossus of MaroussiIn the Nation-a good article on Nicaragua: a poisonous critique of Miller's Tropic of Cancer by [Kenneth] Rexr..
1961/08/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 156]
 Cloud of UnknowingFinally, three wonderful chapters in the Cloud of Unknowing on Martha and Mary, ending with this, which is eve..
1961/08/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 157]
 Theologica GermanicaTheologia Germanica on the heaven and hell we carry about within us, and how it is good to experience within o..
1961/08/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 131]
Mircea EliadeMythes, rêves et mystères. English. Myths, dreams, and mysteries : the encounter between contemporary faiths and archaic realities / Mircea Eliade ; transl. by Philip MairetI have been reading a really remarkable book on Eckhart, by Vladimir Lossky, in French. It is very difficult i..
1961/08/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 131]
Vladimir LosskyTheologie negative et connaissance de Dieu chez Maître EckhartI have been reading a really remarkable book on Eckhart, by Vladimir Lossky, in French. It is very difficult i..
1961/09/09
[Ltrs: HGL p. 345]
 Apophthegmata PatrumFor my own part (witness The Wisdom of the Desert) I purposely edit the material in a way that seems to me to ..
1961/09/19
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 239]
Denise LevertovWith Eyes in the Backs of Their HeadsOne new poet I am very happy about is Denise Levertov. New Directions has done a book of hers, With Eyes in th..
1961/09/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 163]
Lewis MumfordArt and TechnicsBright hot weather. A Coast Guard jet plane flew low over the hermitage and monastery after dinner and circled..
1961/09/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 50]
Henry CorbinImagination creatrice dans le soufisme d'Ibn 'ArabiHenry Corbin is an author in whom I am greatly interested and think that his book on Ibn Arabi is going to be ..
1961/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 165]
Lewis MumfordArt and TechnicsFinished Mumford's Art and Technics yesterday. His last pages on the interior life are very good. He is anothe..
1961/09/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 315]
Erich FrommSigmund Freud's MissionYour latest book [Sigmund Freud's Mission] has reached me and the material is very interesting. The texts you ..
1961/10/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 167]
Henry CorbinImagination creatrice dans le soufisme d'Ibn 'ArabiThe first book of Buber that has really gripped me is the one on the Origins and Meaning of Hasidism [New York..
1961/10/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 167]
Martin BuberOrigin and Meaning of HasidismThe first book of Buber that has really gripped me is the one on the Origins and Meaning of Hasidism [New York..
1961/10/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 167]
Henry CorbinImagination creatrice dans le soufisme d'Ibn 'ArabiThe Corbin book on Ibn al' Arabi is in ways tremendous. The plays and changes on the theme of the divine compa..
1961/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 140]
Gaston BrilletMeditations on the Old TestamentThere is a rather good book by Brillet, Meditations on the Old Testament . In fact it is in four volumes. As a..
1961/10/15
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 170]
Henry MillerRemember to rememberI have been reading Henry Miller's Remember to Remember [Norfolk, 1947] especially for the part about war, wri..
1961/10/16
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 145]
Denise LevertovOverland to the IslandsDid I send to your library a book of poetry called Overland to the Islands by Denise Levertov? I think I did. ..
1961/10/17
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 170]
Robert LowellImitationsLowell's Imitations, a fascinating book. He has developed the vein I liked least in Lord Weary's Castle of tak..
1961/10/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 170-71]
George Ernest WrightGod Who Acts: Biblical Theology as RecitalAlso have been reading more Biblical theology-esp. G. E. Wright, God Who Acts [Chicago, 1952], a book given to..
1961/10/20
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 171]
Jean GionoRegainAfter dinner-in the cold woodshed-have discovered a marvelous book by [Jean] Giono - of ancient vintage: Rega..
1961/10/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 173]
E.I. (Edward Ingram) WatkinPoets and mysticsEtta Gullick-along with wonderful letters from the Adriatic, for she was at Istanbul to see the Patriarch and ..
1961/10/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 173]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine LoveEtta Gullick-along with wonderful letters from the Adriatic, for she was at Istanbul to see the Patriarch and ..
1961/10/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 174]
E.F. OsbornPhilosophy of Clement of Alexandria / and C.H. DoddCalmed down to some extent this morning in the "sacred silence," reading, at peace. G. Ernest Wright on Bibli..
1961/10/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 174]
George Ernest WrightGod Who Acts: Biblical Theology as RecitalCalmed down to some extent this morning in the "sacred silence," reading, at peace. G. Ernest Wright on Bibli..
1961/10/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 174]
Paul TillichProtestant Era"The key to the interpretation of history is historical activity," says Tillich. One of the statements that r..
1961/11/14
[Ltrs: HGL p. 316]
Erich FrommMay Man PrevailYour new book May Man Prevail has reached me and I am reading it with the greatest interest. I think it is a r..
1961/11/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 181]
Clement of AlexandriaStromata. French & Greek. Selections. Stromate II / Clement d'Alexandrie ; introd. et notes de Th. Camelot ; texte grec et trad. de Cl. MondesertReading Clement, the Stromateis, with comfort and consolation. I see no problem at all in his "esotericism." ..
1961/11/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 347-48]
Jean DanielouPlatonisme et theologie mystique. Essay sur la doctrine spirituelle de Saint Gregoire de Nysse[I] am trying as best I can to answer your questions about the introductions to Parts I and II of Benet... Now..
1961/11/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 182]
Laurens Post, van derHeart of the HunterI read Laurens van der Post's Heart of the Hunter [New York, 1961]. Dangerous secrets to reveal. Once again I ..
1961/12/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 405]
Walter Stein (ed.)Nuclear Weapons: a Catholic ResponseThe English book on Nuclear Weapons [Walter Stein, ed.] is without any doubt the best thing I have read for a ..
1961/12/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 184]
Charles Wright MillsCauses of World War ThreeReading Clement still, and the Scala Claustralium (for the novices) and began today The Causes of World War II..
1961/12/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 184]
Guigo IIScala ClaustrarumReading Clement still, and the Scala Claustralium (for the novices) and began today The Causes of World War II..
1961/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 620]
 Poems on Solitude / Transl. from the Chinese by Jerome Chen and Mike Bullock"¦ Someone has recently sent me a marvelous book, Poems of Solitude, a collection including Juan Chi, Pao Chao..
1961/12/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 185-86]
al-Jullabi al-Hujwiri Ali ibn UsmaKashf al-Mahjúb : the oldest Persian treatise on sufiism / by Ali­ B. Uthmán al-Jullabi al-Hujwiri : transl. from the text of the Lahore edition, comp. with mss. In the India office and British Museum by Reynold A. NicholsonFrom Al Hujwiri [The Kashf Al-Mahjub] "It is glorious for man to bear the burden of trouble laid upon him by h..
1961/12/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 348]
Jean DanielouFrom Glory to Glory: Texts from Gregory of Nyssa's Mystical Writings / and Herbert MusurilloThe new book on Gregory of Nyssa by Danielou and Musurillo has been sent me for review by Scribner's. I wonder..
1961/12/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 349]
Thomas E. RobertsNuclear Weapons and Christian ConscienceI do think you ought to read something about it. A book put out by the Merlin Press in London, and edited by W..
1961/12/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 189]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine LoveThis morning I was praying much for a wise heart, and I think the gift of this Christmas has been the real dis..
1962/01/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 28]
Erich FrommMay Man PrevailErich Fromm is a psychiatrist whom you may or may not know. He is a leftist and is outspoken, appearing in all..
1962/01/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 27-28]
F.H. DrinkwaterMorals and MissilesAs I said in the letter to the people of the Merlin Press, I found the book edited by you [Nuclear Weapons and..
1962/01/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 27-28]
Walter Stein (ed.)Nuclear Weapons: a Catholic ResponseAs I said in the letter to the people of the Merlin Press, I found the book edited by you [Nuclear Weapons and..
1962/01/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 204]
W.H. [Ping] FerryDisarm and Parley, a Case for Unilateral DisarmamentI had not seen before the thing of yours which we are printing, the one on Disarm and Parley. This is very fin..
1962/01/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 196]
Trevor Leggettfirst Zen readerAmakuki Sessan in his commentary on Hakuin's "Song of Meditation" (conferences given on the radio in 1934!!) ..
1962/01/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 196]
Martin BuberTales of Rabbi NahmanReading the Tales of Rabbi Nachman-some are a bit too drawn out, but the one about the Clever Man and the Simp..
1962/01/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 350]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsEric Colledge in an introduction to an English translation of some sermons of Tauler says that a Dr. Romana Gu..
1962/02/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 35]
James Roy NewmanRule of FollyBy the way, I got two copies of The Rule of Folly. I will pass the extra one along to someone who can profit b..
1962/02/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 320]
Tsangnyön HerukaLife of MilarepaFirst of all I want to thank you for the wonderful gift of the Life of Mila Repa. This is a splendid volume, a..
1962/02/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 34]
Walter Stein (ed.)Nuclear Weapons and the Christian ConscienceI was very happy to hear you had written something about peace. If possible, please send me a copy at once, as..
1962/02/04
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 32]
Erich WidderGlanz des Ewigen: Sakrale Kunst in ÖsterreichI was happy to hear from you again and have very much enjoyed the beautiful book of Austrian churches, Glanz d..
1962/02/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 544-45]
Erich FrommMarx's concept of man / Erich Fromm ; with a transl. from Marx's economic and philosophical manuscripts by T.B. BottomoreAt one point I would amplify and clarify what Fr. Tavard has said: where he discussed Marx. He does not make c..
1962/02/13
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 202]
Andre Schwartz-BartLast of the JustFinished the Last of the Just [Andre Schwartz-Bart, New York, 1960], which is a tremendously moving thing, and..
1962/02/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 203]
Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta (The Flaming Arrow)Milarepa's prayer in solitude-austere and beautiful. Something to meditate on-like the Fiery Arrow...
1962/02/15
[Ltrs: HGL p. 535]
Andre Schwartz-BartLast of the JustGuess what, I just got through reading The Last of the Just. I think it is a really great book. It has helped ..
1962/03/
[Ltrs: HGL p. 73]
Daniel Berrigan S.J.EncountersI am glad you like New Seeds and will look forward to seeing the review. Your poems [Encounters] arrived. They..
1962/03/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 45]
Gordon C. ZahnGerman Catholics and Hitler's War: A Study in Social ControlI have been reading Gordon Zahn's book [German Catholics and Hitler's War] which you published. It is a most i..
1962/03/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 45]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and ReunionThen the Hans Küng book, The Council, Reform and Reunion. This too is splendid. One's reaction is more hopeful..
1962/03/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 43]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine LoveBut Julian is without doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices. She gets greater and greater in..
1962/03/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 47]
Karl RahnerOn the Theology of DeathI am most grateful for the books. Rahner's Theology of Death was the first thing I grabbed, and I finished it ..
1962/03/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 38]
Raymond E. F. LarssonBook Like a Bow CurvedForgive me for waiting so long to acknowledge the book. As a matter of fact, I remember having some correspond..
1962/03/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 206]
Charles Wright MillsPower EliteReading Wright Mills on the Power Elite. How can we avoid war? The Pentagon is moving the country and forming ..
1962/03/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 207]
Thomas AquinasCommentary on Timothy"The secret which is hidden in the heart of the Father, has become Man." -St Thomas Comm[entary] On Tim[othy]..
1962/03/06
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 207]
Jean Paul SartreAnti-Semite and JewThere is unquestionably a great nobility in Sartre's morality of "authenticity," at least as he expresses it ..
1962/03/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 209]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and ReunionReading Hans Küng on The Council, Reform and Reunion [New York, 1961]. If I wanted to start copying bits of it..
1962/03/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 178]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and ReunionYou must by now have had a look at the new Hans Küng book, The Council, Reform and Reunion. If you have not, t..
1962/03/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 572]
Walter Stein (ed.)Nuclear Weapons: a Catholic Response"¦ I wanted to assure you that I knew the book edited by Walter Stein. At first I planned to use all of it in ..
1962/03/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 211-12]
Karl RahnerOn the Theology of DeathKarl Rahner's [On the] Theology of Death [New York, 1961] is a most exciting book. First time I have been comp..
1962/03/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 213]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and ReunionFinishing the Küng book on The Council, Reform and Reunion. Tremendous, clear, outspoken. Will his hopes be re..
1962/03/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 213]
John Howard GriffinBlack Like MeYesterday finished the [John Howard] Griffin book Black Like Me, moved and disturbed. As someone said-what the..
1962/03/28
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 47-48]
John Howard GriffinBlack Like MeThanks above all for the [John Howard] Griffin book [Black Like Me]. I found it moving and important, and of c..
1962/03/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 351]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine LoveDid you ever get anywhere with Julian of Norwich? Though it might not seem so at first sight, I think there is..
1962/03/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 351]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple Souls"¦ Where did I see, the other day, something about a new edition of The Mirror of Simple Souls, and definitely..
1962/03/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 351]
Paul MolinariJulian of Norwich: The Teachings of a Fourteenth Century Mystic"¦ Where did I see, the other day, something about a new edition of The Mirror of Simple Souls, and definitely..
1962/04/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 49]
Alacantara MensOorsprong en betekenis van de Nederlandse begijnen - en begardenbeweging. Vergelijkende studie XII-XIII eeuwWhen Rev. Dom Edward was here I did indeed speak to him about my interest in the Beguines in the Low Countries..
1962/04/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 215]
Frederic Meer, van derAugustine the BishopReading the Van der Meer book on Augustine, monumental (also expensive) and vastly interesting. Yet I am no lo..
1962/04/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 49]
Edward TellerLegacy of HiroshimaI have had the good fortune to receive and read a copy of the talk you gave in Washington last November. It wa..
1962/04/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 216]
OrigenesContra Celsum / Translated with an introduction & notes by Henry ChadwickReading Origen, Contra Celsum...
1962/05/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 217]
Hui-nengPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)"Those who have the dharma should devote themselves only to its practice. Disputes arise from the desire for c..
1962/05/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 217]
OrigenesOpera OmniaContra Celsum is fascinating though I am tempted to renounce it as "getting nowhere." And yet if one follows ..
1962/05/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 217-18]
Bernard PiaultWhat Is the Trinity"If India were to hear the word of Christ and be converted, it is possible that she would be hardly capable of..
1962/05/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 218]
Edward TellerLegacy of HiroshimaFinishing at the same time the [Edward] Teller book. Legacy of Hiroshima. His convincing myth of the tactical ..
1962/05/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 218]
Mircea EliadeForge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structure of AlchemyFascinating books by Mircea Eliade. Finished (two days ago) Image and Symbol and began today the new one, Forg..
1962/05/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 218]
Mircea EliadeImages and symbols : studies in religious symbolism / Mircea Eliade ; transl. by Philip MairetFascinating books by Mircea Eliade. Finished (two days ago) Image and Symbol and began today the new one, Forg..
1962/05/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 218-19]
TertullianusDe OrationeGlorious 4th Chapter of Tertullian's De Oratione [On Prayer]. The Latin, sharp, austere, brilliant and torrid...
1962/05/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 219]
 Cloud of UnknowingRereading The Cloud-working over the essay on the English Mystics. Why? I hardly know. At first I thought it w..
1962/05/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 536]
Eliezer Steinmanngarden of Hassidism / Eliezer Steinmann ; transl. from the Hebrew by Haim ShachterGlad you got The Banner "¦ I think it is a very interesting and illuminating book. So too is The Garden of Has..
1962/05/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 536]
Jacob B. AgusBanner of Jerusalem: a Biography of Abraham Isaac Kook, Chief Rabbi of Palestine in the 1930s.Glad you got The Banner "¦ I think it is a very interesting and illuminating book. So too is The Garden of Has..
1962/05/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 221]
MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu KhantipaloHave nearly finished Milarepa. Wrote to Dezhung Trulka about it (Tibetan Buddhist scholar at U. of Washington ..
1962/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 245]
BonaventuraCollectiones in HaexemeronYou might find interesting leads in Bouyer's new book Seat of Wisdom. And of course there is always Berdyaev "..
1962/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 245]
Gregory of NyssaFrom Glory to Glory, Texts from Gregorius of Nyssa's Mystical Writings / Edited by J. Danielou/H. MusurilloYou might find interesting leads in Bouyer's new book Seat of Wisdom. And of course there is always Berdyaev "..
1962/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 245]
Louis BouyerTrône de la sagesseYou might find interesting leads in Bouyer's new book Seat of Wisdom. And of course there is always Berdyaev "..
1962/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 245]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetYou might find interesting leads in Bouyer's new book Seat of Wisdom. And of course there is always Berdyaev "..
1962/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 245]
Thomas TrahernCenturies of MeditationYou might find interesting leads in Bouyer's new book Seat of Wisdom. And of course there is always Berdyaev "..
1962/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 224]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesLanza del Vasto has seen a deep connection between play and war. Our society totally devoted to one (everythin..
1962/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 224]
TertullianusApologeticus adversos gentes pro christianisWonderful insights in the Apologetic of Tertullian, more subtle than Hannah Arendt, and of the same kind: on t..
1962/06/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 225]
CassiodorusDe AnimaThe serene, pure music of Cassiodorus's prayer at the end of his De Anima [On the Soul]! What nobility of mind..
1962/06/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 622]
James LeggeChinese classicsPaul Sih has obtained for me a wonderful reprint of the Legge translation of the Chinese Classics, and has als..
1962/06/08
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 225]
CassiodorusDe AnimaO Cassiodorus, reading you is like coming home to everything germane to my spirit! The existential acuteness o..
1962/06/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 225]
CassiodorusInstitutiones Divinarum et Saecularium LitterarumI never thought I would discover in myself a hunger for something like Cassiodorus' Chapters on Rhetoric, or e..
1962/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 226-27]
CassiodorusDe AnimaWhat more beautiful or more appropriate than these lines of Cassiodorus where he speaks of the soul as a light..
1962/06/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 352]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsMany thanks for the good news about The Mirror of Simple Souls. It was very good of you to get in contact with..
1962/06/26
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 159]
CassiodorusDe AnimaNow I have a little idea for something to print. It is a beatiful prayer of Cassiodorus at the end of his De A..
1962/07/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 230]
Edward ConzeSelected sayings from the perfection of wisdom / chosen, arranged and transl. by Edward ConzeReading [Edward] Conze's superb selections on Perfect Wisdom. Prajnaparamita [perfection of wisdom]-My way. Wh..
1962/07/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 229]
LactantiusDe Opifico DeiDiscovery of Lactantius, particularly De Opificis Dei. Because I read and like St. Augustine and St. Gregory i..
1962/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 145]
Dietrich Hildebrand, vonIn Defense of PurityTransformation in Christ is a difficult book, and I let the novices read it without however pushing them. On t..
1962/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 145]
Dietrich Hildebrand, vonTransformation in ChristTransformation in Christ is a difficult book, and I let the novices read it without however pushing them. On t..
1962/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 145]
Ida Friederieke GörresHidden Face: A Study of St. Therese of LisieuxBouyer on the Meaning of the Monastic Life we regard as standard. In an older context, there is Dom Marmion, a..
1962/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 145]
Louis BouyerMeaning of the Monastic LifeBouyer on the Meaning of the Monastic Life we regard as standard. In an older context, there is Dom Marmion, a..
1962/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 145]
Romano GuardiniPrayer in PracticeBouyer on the Meaning of the Monastic Life we regard as standard. In an older context, there is Dom Marmion, a..
1962/07/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 230]
Alan HarringtonLife in the Crystal PalaceBusinesses are sects. They are little religions-at least in America. One believes in the product, and preaches..
1962/07/09
[Ltrs: CforT p. 274]
Henry MillerBig Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus BoschIt was good to hear from you. I have often thought of writing to you, and usually that is the first thing that..
1962/07/09
[Ltrs: CforT p. 274]
Henry MillerColossus of MaroussiIt was good to hear from you. I have often thought of writing to you, and usually that is the first thing that..
1962/07/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 212]
Jules RomainsMen of Good Will"¦ By the way, talking of books: Jules Romains. I don't care what he thinks about the Church. It is just that ..
1962/07/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 230-31]
 Regula MagistriLately discovered the Regula Magistri [Rule of the Master] and began to take an interest in the whole questio..
1962/07/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 231]
Rose MacaulayPersonal PleasuresReading Rose MacCauley's Personal Pleasures-published 1935. Therefore her swim in the Cam [river in Cambridge]..
1962/07/14
[Ltrs: HGL p. 353-54]
SophoclesAntigoneI wonder if the best thing in the world to read in a period of night is Ruysbroeck? Personally I rather doubt ..
1962/07/14
[Ltrs: HGL p. 353-54]
SophoclesOedipus at ColonusI wonder if the best thing in the world to read in a period of night is Ruysbroeck? Personally I rather doubt ..
1962/07/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 233]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiEssentials of Zen BuddhismIn Louisville some weeks ago I found the new Suzuki anthology (Essentials of Zen B[uddhism, New York, 1962])-r..
1962/07/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 234]
EucheriusContemptus MundiAntigone and stoical tropes of St. Eucherius in his contemptus mundi, [rejection of the world]: the beauty of ..
1962/08/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 235]
HilariusSermo de Vita Sancti Honorati Episcopi ArelatensisIf I have the sense to keep to the writers of Christian antiquity, for the moment, for the next few months at ..
1962/08/07
[Ltrs: CforT p. 276]
Henry MillerColossus of MaroussiNow to other things for a moment: I am in the middle of The Wisdom of the Heart and it is you at your best. Th..
1962/08/07
[Ltrs: CforT p. 276]
Henry MillerTime of the Assassins: a Study of RimbaudNow to other things for a moment: I am in the middle of The Wisdom of the Heart and it is you at your best. Th..
1962/08/07
[Ltrs: CforT p. 276]
Henry MillerWisdom of the HeartNow to other things for a moment: I am in the middle of The Wisdom of the Heart and it is you at your best. Th..
1962/08/11
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 162]
CassiodorusIntroduction to Divine and Human Readings by Cassiodorus Senator / Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Jones Leslie WebberYou have already sent me the book from Columbia. It is the edition of Cassiodorus's "Divine and Human Readings..
1962/08/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 237]
Henry MillerWisdom of the HeartHenry Miller's tremendous essay on Raimu deeply significant, touches the real nerve of our time, the American ..
1962/08/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 134]
Henry MillerWisdom of the HeartI have been in contact with Henry Miller. He has written some extraordinary essays recently, especially a book..
1962/08/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 237-38]
Henry MillerWisdom of the HeartHot. Yesterday, the dip in the path to the woods beyond the sheep barn was like an oven. The breeze like the b..
1962/08/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 237-38]
Jacob BoehmeConfessions of Jacob BoehmeHot. Yesterday, the dip in the path to the woods beyond the sheep barn was like an oven. The breeze like the b..
1962/08/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 552]
Hui-nengPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)It is a long time since I received the remarkably interesting translation of the Platform Scripture and I ough..
1962/08/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 239]
Vinoba BhaveTalks on the GitaReturned, after a long time, to the unfinished book by Vinoba Bhave on the Gita. Great nobility and seriousnes..
1962/08/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 240-41]
Joseph CampbellSymbol without MeaningInteresting hypothesis of Joseph Campbell in Eranos Jahrbuch XXVI, p. 430 ff. That the mandala appears at end ..
1962/09/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 242]
Lawrence BinyonFlight of the DragonBeautiful lines of the Japanese poetess Komachi, quoted by L[awrence] Binyon in The Flight of the Dragon [Lond..
1962/09/11
[Ltrs: HGL p. 579]
Gordon C. ZahnGerman Catholics and Hitler's War: A Study in Social ControlFortunately there are laymen speaking up, and I think you continue to be among them. In Canada, Leslie Dewart ..
1962/09/15
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 247]
James Farl PowersMorte d'UrbanFinished [J. F.] Powers' new novel [Morte d' Urban, New York, 1962] yesterday - will perhaps review it for Wor..
1962/09/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 242]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and Reunion[Hans] Kung of course I read as soon as I could get my hands on him. I thought it a noble, straight and courag..
1962/09/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 242]
James Farl PowersMorte d'UrbanI finished the new Powers novel [Morte d'Urban] which got to me from the publisher, before publication. It is ..
1962/09/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 248-49]
Alfred Delp S.J.Prison Meditations of Father Alfred DelpFr. [Godfrey] Diekmann definitely wants me to review the Powers book for Worship and it will be a pleasure. St..
1962/09/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 250-51]
Alfred Delp S.J.Prison Meditations of Father Alfred DelpReading the magnificent Prison Meditations of Fr. Delp. In ms. I am to write the preface for Herder and Herder..
1962/09/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 251-52]
John of SalesburyMetalogiconThis morning, in John of Salisbury, ran across a quote from the Georgics which has entered into the deepest pa..
1962/09/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 251-52]
VirgilGeorgicsThis morning, in John of Salisbury, ran across a quote from the Georgics which has entered into the deepest pa..
1962/10/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 254]
Joseph Marie ParentDoctrine de la Creation dans l'Ecole de Chartres. Etude et textesA book has come (from the U. of Minnesota library, borrowed for me by Ray Livingston) La Doctrine de la Creati..
1962/10/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 254]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsAnd the Mirror of Simple Souls which Etta Gullick sent. What a charming and wise book! Yet I think it is Margu..
1962/10/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 254]
Thomas AquinasSuma Contra GentilesA book has come (from the U. of Minnesota library, borrowed for me by Ray Livingston) La Doctrine de la Creati..
1962/10/08
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 254]
William of ConchesMoralium Dogma PhilosophorumThe Moralium Dogma Philosophorum of Wm. of Conches is an utterly delightful book. Clear, full of wisdom, full ..
1962/10/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 256]
R.L. PooleMasters of the Schools at Paris and Chartres in John of Salisbury's TimeAfter dinner-reading about Abelard, in R. L. Poole. I have an enormous amount of sympathy and pity for Abelard..
1962/10/11
[Ltrs: SofC p. 148]
John Holberg (ed.)Moralium dogma philosophorumFor some time I have been very interested in the 12th-century School of Chartres. The more I come to know of t..
1962/10/11
[Ltrs: SofC p. 148]
Joseph Marie ParentDoctrine de la Creation dans l'Ecole de Chartres. Etude et textesFor some time I have been very interested in the 12th-century School of Chartres. The more I come to know of t..
1962/10/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 25]
Henry VaughanFlores solitudinisVaughan I hav"”one of my favorites. I once thought of bringing out an edition of his translation of Eucherius'..
1962/10/22
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 67]
James Farl PowersMorte d'UrbanI do want to thank you for sending me your very incisive conference on Religion and the Mass Media. I have rea..
1962/10/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 355]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsThanks so much for The Mirror of Simple Souls. I am really enjoying it, though I find that I have a hard time ..
1962/10/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 262]
Thierry of ChartresHexameronI have been having good discussions in the evening, once a week with Dan Walsh, on the School of Chartres, usi..
1962/10/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 262]
William of ConchesMoralium Dogma PhilosophorumI have been having good discussions in the evening, once a week with Dan Walsh, on the School of Chartres, usi..
1962/11/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 263]
Denys RutledgeIn Search of a YogiSaturday I finished a preface to Dom Denys Rutledge's book In Search of a Yogi [New York, 1963]. It rambles to..
1962/11/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 271]
P.-R. (Pie-Raymond) RegameyFace à la violence : pour un statut des objecteurs de conscience / par P.-R. Regamey et J.-Y. Jolif.I have just received a fine new book, just a small one, in French, by Père Regamey and another Dominican on th..
1962/11/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 20-21]
Sergius BolshakoffRussian MysticsI am editing and correcting a manuscript of a Russian Orthodox scholar called Bolshakoff, who is at Oxford but..
1962/11/13
[Ltrs: SofC p. 153]
Adalbert Vogüe, De o.s.b.La communaute et l'abbe dans la Règle de saint BenoîtFinally I am reading Dom Adalbert de Vogüe's new book on the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Rule of the Master..
1962/11/13
[Ltrs: SofC p. 153]
Sergius BolshakoffRussian MysticsAbout the Bolshakoff ms. [The Russian Mystics, later published by Cistercian Publications], only a few weeks a..
1962/11/13
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 264]
William of ChoncesPhilosophia MundiFinishing Wm. of Conches' Philosophia Mundi [Philosophy of the World]-the plan is interesting, and having disc..
1962/11/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 265]
Ignace LeppChristian FailureAm reading Ignace Lepp's The Christian Future, which concerns me deeply. I have never had any doubts about my ..
1962/11/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 136]
Ernesto CardenalEpigramas: PoemasYes I have received your Epigrams: they are magnificent. The Revolutionary Poetry of Nicaragua [Poesía revoluc..
1962/11/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 136]
Ernesto CardenalLiteratura indigena americana: AntologíaYour poems about the Indians have been simply superb. I am sure your whole book [Literatura indígena americana..
1962/11/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 137]
Ernesto CardenalSalmosYour Psalms [Salmos] are terrific. Those are the versions we should really be chanting in choir. How few monks..
1962/11/20
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 267]
Ignace LeppFrom Karl Marx to Jesus Christ"The trouble is that communism long ago ceased to be a truly progressive force and has formed the worst type o..
1962/11/22
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 324]
J.D. SalingerFranny and ZooeyWhat have I read of his? I started Franny and Zooey. That is to say, I started Franny, and after that I starte..
1962/11/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 267]
BoethiusDe HebdomadibusFrom Chartres back to BBoethius: De Hebdomadibus. Magnificent meditation on being and existence!..
1962/11/27
[Ltrs: SofC p. 157-58]
Adalbert Vogüe, De o.s.b.La communaute et l'abbe dans la Règle de saint BenoîtThe book of Fr. Adalbert [de Vogüe] (La Communaute et l‘Abbe) is exceptionally good. It is one of the best t..
1962/11/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 75]
Daniel Berrigan S.J.World for Wedding RingJust got your blanks from the Goggenbuch Stipend House. I will write you up a litany of praises that will knoc..
1962/11/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 328]
Ralph E. LappKill and OverkillThis is a rather hasty note to bring to your attention a most important book. It is by a nuclear scientist, an..
1962/12/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 272]
Harrison Evans SalesburyA New Russia?The new book of Harrison Salisbury [A New Russia, New York, 1962] shows there is a surprisingly deep rift betw..
1962/12/09
[Ltrs: HGL p. 411]
Harrison Evans SalesburyA New Russia?This is chiefly to thank you for the books. The Wright Millses were both terrific, as usual. The one on the La..
1962/12/09
[Ltrs: HGL p. 411]
Ralph E. LappKill and OverkillI have recently read the Lapp book, Kill and Overkill, and I think it is very important for this book to get t..
1962/12/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 274]
Rachel CarsonSilent spring / by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis DarlingI have been shocked at a notice of a new book, by Rachel Carson [Silent Spring], on what is happening to birds..
1962/12/11
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 96]
Ralph E. LappKill and OverkillI got a letter from Jim Douglass this morning. It was a good one, too. I think I will send "Peace in the PC" ..
1962/12/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 278]
Raïssa MaritainJournal de RaïssaJacques Maritain has sent Raissa's journal, a most moving and lucid and soulcleansing book. It is wonderful to..
1962/12/18
[Ltrs: CforT p. 33]
Raïssa MaritainJournal de RaïssaI am overwhelmed by Raissa's Journal. How to put it? You must know better than I do. This document is like the..
1962/12/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 281]
Raïssa MaritainJournal de RaïssaJacques Maritain sent Raissa's Journal, a most remarkable book full of clarity and simplicity. She had an unus..
1962/12/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 102]
Fyodor DostoyevskyBrothers KaramazovMy work with your Russian Mystics proceeds slowly as there are many other duties to be performed. I am now in ..
1962/12/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 102]
Sergius BolshakoffRussian MysticsMy work with your Russian Mystics proceeds slowly as there are many other duties to be performed. I am now in ..
1963/00/00
[Ltrs: CforT p. 141]
Hui-nengPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)I am sending you John Wu's translation of the Tao Te Ching. The same place has published a translation of an i..
1963/00/00
[Ltrs: CforT p. 141]
Lao TzuTao Te Ching / Translated by John C.H. WuI am sending you John Wu's translation of the Tao Te Ching. The same place has published a translation of an i..
1963/01/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 286]
Abraham Joshua HeschelProphetsBegan reading Heschel's new book, which he sent, on the Prophets [New York, 1962]. Exactly the kind of approac..
1963/01/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 213-14]
Rachel CarsonSilent spring / by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis DarlingI am just reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Have you read it? You must. It is very enlightening, because ..
1963/01/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 70]
Rachel CarsonSilent spring / by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis DarlingAnne Ford very kindly sent me your latest book, Silent Spring, which I am reading carefully and with great con..
1963/01/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 290]
Thomas AquinasDe Divinis MoribusCleaned out the room yesterday. What a relief! That even the order of my room-is pleasing to God (as well as t..
1963/01/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 293]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloThis morning the morning star above in the sky. Read Ruysbroeck's Livre de la plus haute verite [Book of the H..
1963/01/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 431-32]
Abraham Joshua HeschelProphetsIt is a great pleasure to have received your fine book on The Prophets. I have been anticipating this for a lo..
1963/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 294]
Sulpicius SeverusDialoguesLast day of retreat. Reading Rufinus Historia Monachorum and also Dialogues of Sulpicius Severus. Utterly asha..
1963/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 294]
Tyrannius RufinusHistoria Monachorum in AegyptoLast day of retreat. Reading Rufinus Historia Monachorum and also Dialogues of Sulpicius Severus. Utterly asha..
1963/01/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 294-95]
Heinrich Dumoulin S.J.history of Zen Buddhism / Heinrich Dumoulin ; transl. from the German by Paul PeacheyWm. Miller, of the FOR [Fellowship of Reconciliation] and Paul Peachey of the Church Peace Mission were here-a..
1963/01/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 103]
Sergius BolshakoffRussian MysticsYou will be glad to hear that I have finished all the work on the revision of your manuscript and it is now be..
1963/02/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 36]
Raïssa MaritainChagall: Ou l'orage enchantre"¦ Thanks especially for Chagall. This is a wonderful book to have. It is a whole world in itself, full of joy..
1963/02/19
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 244]
Ignace LeppChristian FailureGood job, moving up Ignace Lepp to the front of the shelf in the book mart. I did a review of the book [The Ch..
1963/02/19
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 244]
James BaldwinFire Next TimeOne of the things I did read was a manifesto by the Negro writer James Baldwin on the race situation. It is po..
1963/02/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 297]
James BaldwinFire Next TimeHave read James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and now Nobody Knows My Name. He seems to know exactly what he is..
1963/02/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 297]
James BaldwinNobody knows my nameHave read James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and now Nobody Knows My Name. He seems to know exactly what he is..
1963/02/25
[Ltrs: CforT p. 138]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesYes, I know Lanza Del Vasto. There was a Jewish student of mysticism here who had visited the Community of L d..
1963/02/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 299]
John of the CrossObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa TeresaFound fine things in the Mirror of Simple Souls [Marguerite Porete] (Dia. IX) today, and am reading the Living..
1963/02/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 299]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsFound fine things in the Mirror of Simple Souls [Marguerite Porete] (Dia. IX) today, and am reading the Living..
1963/03/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 301]
Gregorio PencoStoria del monachesimo in Italia: Dalle origini alla fine del medio evoFor my Lenten book I have [Gregorio] Penco's competent History of Italian Monasticism (in Italian, pleasantly ..
1963/03/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 304]
Jacques MaritainDream of DescartesI read Maritain's essay on Descartes today (in connection with Fenelon, but it is revealing in relation to Zen..
1963/03/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 306]
François de Salignac de La Mothe FenelonLettres Spirituelles"Ecoutez Dieu et point vous-même: làest la vraie liberte, paix et joie du Saint Esprit." ["Listen to God and ..
1963/03/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 306]
Patrick DolanUnity and Reform: Selected Writings of Nicholas of CusaAfter dinner began a book on Nicholas of Cusa recently requested by the library-(Dolan, introduction and selec..
1963/03/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 37]
Raïssa MaritainNotes sur le PaterDid I ever tell you how much I liked Raïssa's Notes sur le Pater? It is a really precious book, a perfect comm..
1963/04/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 310]
Hannah ArendtEichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of EvilAdolf Eichmann, in his last words at the foot of the gallows- Declared himself a Gottes[un]gläubiger-(one who ..
1963/04/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 314]
Etienne GilsonUnity of Philosophical ExperienceReading [Etienne] Gilson's The Unity of Philosophical Experience [New York, 1948]-very lively and articulate...
1963/04/20
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 314]
Aelred GrahamZen CatholicismI received a letter from Dom Aelred Graham in answer to a card about his book on Zen Catholicism, which I have..
1963/05/01
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 244]
Aelred GrahamZen CatholicismCorrespondence gets bigger all the time, and things one must answer right away, very often. For instance, this..
1963/05/01
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 244]
John Howard GriffinBlack Like MeHave you read John Howard Griffin's books? You ought to get hold of Black Like Me. It will floor you. He is a ..
1963/05/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 583]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple SoulsRecently I have read The Mirror of Simple Souls, which Etta Gullick lent me. It is a marvelous book, and has s..
1963/05/08
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 316-17]
AmbrosiusHexaemeronThe other day, on the advice of Notker Balbulus, "If you love God's creatures, read Ambrose's Hexaemeron," I ..
1963/05/08
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 317]
François de Salignac de La Mothe FenelonLettres SpirituellesFinished the preface to Fenelon's letters the other day...
1963/05/10
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 286]
Gordon C. ZahnGerman Catholics and Hitler's War: A Study in Social ControlYour manuscript has arrived and I am about halfway through it. The book is terrific. You are very clear, convi..
1963/05/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 317]
Leslie DewartChristianity and RevolutionLes[lie] Dewart has sent the ms. of his important book on Cuba. The first thing I have seen that makes sense o..
1963/05/10
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 286]
Leslie DewartChristianity and RevolutionYour manuscript has arrived and I am about halfway through it. The book is terrific. You are very clear, convi..
1963/05/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 319]
Louis MassignonParole donnee / Louis Massignon ; introd. de Vincent Monteil"La finalite bistorique doit devenir ‘interieurement' et librement intelligible, car elle concerne la person..
1963/05/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 278]
Alfred PerlesMy Friend, Henri Miller: An Intimate BiographyThanks for all your cards. I have been thinking of you a lot since I have been reading A[lfred] Perlès's book ..
1963/05/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 322]
Werner HeisenbergPhysics and PhilosophyReading [Werner] Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy [New York, 1958], which is an exciting book. The uncertai..
1963/05/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 324]
Werner HeisenbergPhysics and PhilosophyHeisenberg-on the impact of technical and scientific knowledge upon traditional cultures, etc. This "process"..
1963/06/00
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 288]
Leslie DewartChristianity and RevolutionYour manuscript on the Cuban revolution and on the ambivalence, hesitations, and withdrawal of the Cuban Churc..
1963/06/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 54]
 Way of the PilgrimYes, I know the Way of the Pilgrim very well. It is a fine book. The Russian mystics are too little known. I b..
1963/06/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 326]
Gregorius the GreatHomiliae in EvangeliaRedite parvuli fili ad sinum matris vestrae aeternae sapientiae, sugite larga ubera pietatis Dei; transacta pl..
1963/06/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 328]
GrimlaicusRegula Solitariorum(Contemplativus) res mundi mundo profecit, et seipsum Christo devota mente restituit, a quo sibi donari immort..
1963/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 328]
GrimlaicusRegula SolitariorumPeculiariter autem ad professionem nostram pertinet nihil honoris in hac vita requirere sed honores fuger"¦.[I..
1963/06/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 330]
Dorothy DayLoaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Storey of the Catholic Worker MovementProofs of Dorothy Day's new book came from Harper (with a request for comment). It looks good...
1963/06/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 214]
Frederick Crossfield HappoldMysticism: A Study and an AnthologyThanks for the letter and the packets of things. I was especially glad of the little Pelican on Mysticism [by ..
1963/06/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 334]
R.W. SouthernLife of St. Anselm, Archbisshop of CanterburyI finished my article on St. Anselm and the ontological argument but am still reading the R. W. Southern book,..
1963/06/23
[Ltrs: HGL p. 625]
Hui-nengPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)Paul Sih has sent me the Platform Scripture and it is handsomely done. He wants me to write a review of it, an..
1963/06/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 276]
Dorothy DayLoaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Storey of the Catholic Worker MovementI read the proofs of Dorothy's book [Loaves and Fishes] and gave it a good boost for Harper's "¦..
1963/06/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 275]
P.D. EastMagnolia Jungle; The Life, Times and Education of a Southern EditorThanks for the last two letters and enclosures. About the business in Miss., the murder of Evers and the rest...
1963/06/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 333]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogionHave read St. Anselm's Proslogion [A Discourse] and having for the first time considered the ontological argum..
1963/06/29
[Ltrs: SofC p. 176-77]
 Way of the PilgrimPersonally I like the Way of the Pilgrim and it is a good stimulating book to read. The ideas are good, but we..
1963/06/29
[Ltrs: SofC p. 176-77]
Jean-Marie Dechanet o.s.b.Christian YogaPersonally I like the Way of the Pilgrim and it is a good stimulating book to read. The ideas are good, but we..
1963/07/00
[Ltrs: HGL p. 464]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasFirst of all, I hope you will forgive the typewriter. I do not type well, but my writing is worse, and I am us..
1963/07/14
[Ltrs: SofC p. 178]
Aurelius AugustinusDe MusicaYour ideas on music are of course very monastic and I am sure if you wanted to you could find some thrilling t..
1963/07/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 337]
Desiderius ErasmusRatio Verae TheologiaeWe have now the new photocopied edition of Erasmus, and I am reading the Ratio Verae Theologiae. I admit I am ..
1963/07/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 337]
Karl RahnerMary, Mother of the LordWe have now the new photocopied edition of Erasmus, and I am reading the Ratio Verae Theologiae. I admit I am ..
1963/07/16
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 171]
Paul Standard e.a.Chapters of Writing and PrintingBy the way I forgot to say how much I liked the little books, Carolyn's history of the press, and Victor's gre..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
 Bhagavad GitaThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogionThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Aurelius AugustinusDe Doctrina ChristianaThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Aurelius AugustinusExposition on the Book of PsalmsThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Benedict of NurciaRuleThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
David Knowles o.s.b.Historian and Character and other EssaysThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 340]
Desiderius ErasmusRatio Verae TheologiaeI am halfway through the Ratio Verae Theologiae of Erasmus, loving the clarity of his style, his taste, his go..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Desiderius ErasmusRatio Verae TheologiaeThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Hui-nengPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)The following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
James BaldwinFire Next TimeThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Johan HuizingaHomo ludens : a study of the play-element in cultureThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 340]
P. LadeuzeEssai sur le cenobitisme pakhômienDiligebat autem anachoresios plurimos, frequenter expetens solitudinem. Et illic dies in oratione persistens d..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
Thomas AquinasSumma TheologiaeThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
William BlakeComplete writings : with all the variant readings / William Blake ; ed. by Geoffrey KeynesThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/19
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 166]
William Melvin KelleyDifferent DrummerThe following are the questions, with Merton's answers: 1. Name the last three books you have read. The Platfo..
1963/07/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 342]
Karl RahnerMission and Grace: Essays in Pastoral TheologyI am reading Karl Rahner's essays on grace-at least those available in translation, as I do not have time to s..
1963/07/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 362]
A.M. AllchinSilent Rebellion: Anglican Religious Communities 1845-1900Talking about Cowley, Fr. A. M. Allchin, of Pusey House (I suppose you must know him), is coming here next wee..
1963/07/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 361]
R.W. SouthernLife of St. Anselm, Archbisshop of CanterburyI have been reading a very fine book of R. W. Southern on St. Anselm. I suppose you must know Southern. I thin..
1963/07/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 347]
A.M. AllchinSilent Rebellion: Anglican Religious Communities 1845-1900There are some very stirring quotations on religious life, from Anglicans, in A. M. Allchin's Silent Rebellion..
1963/07/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 350]
Georges BernanosJournal d'un cure de campagne"Je crois de plus que ce que nous appelons tristesse, angoisse, desespoir, comme pour nous persuader qu'il s'a..
1963/08/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 3]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Libertate ArbitriiFinished St. Anselm's dialogue De Libero Arbitrio today with great enjoyment. Clarity and strength of his dial..
1963/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 5]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe VeritateI am reading St. Anselm's De Veritate and the delight of the book is mysterious, clear, contemplative. It is v..
1963/08/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 6]
Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed.Have borrowed [Augustine] Baker's Life of Dame Gertrude More [The Inner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrud..
1963/08/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 45-46]
Mark Van DorenCollected and New Poems, 1924-1963Thanks for the letter and above all for the book [Van Doren's Collected and New Poems, 1924"”1963]. THE book i..
1963/08/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 11]
Owen ChadwickFrom Bossuet to Newman: the Idea of Doctrinal DevelopmentReading William Owen Chadwick's excellent essay From Bossuet to Newman - idea of doctrinal development. Distur..
1963/08/21
[Ltrs: SofC p. 181]
David Knowles o.s.b.Historian and Character and other EssaysYears ago you recommended that I get to know Newman, and I did not see your point. I certainly do now, not tha..
1963/08/21
[Ltrs: SofC p. 181]
Owen ChadwickFrom Bossuet to Newman: the Idea of Doctrinal DevelopmentYears ago you recommended that I get to know Newman, and I did not see your point. I certainly do now, not tha..
1963/08/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 12]
Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed.However, I had a good morning (yesterday) working on Baker's life of Dame Gertrude More-a very wise and beauti..
1963/08/28
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 14]
Edmund WilsonApologies to the Iroquois with a Study of the Mohawks in High SteelEdmund Wilson's book Apology to the Iroquois is the kind of thing that moves me very deeply, more deeply than ..
1963/09/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 14]
Anselmus of CanterburyOrationes et MeditationesTu ipse elementer dispone me et omnes cogitatus et actus meos in beneplacito tuo, ut fiat a me et in me et de ..
1963/09/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 15]
Robert Charles ZaehnerMatter and Spirit: Their Convergence in Eastern Religions, Marx and Teilhard de Chardin[Robert Charles] Zaehner's new book, Matter and Spirit, is an attempted synthesis of Marxist Christianity with..
1963/09/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 147]
Dorothy DayLoaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Storey of the Catholic Worker MovementYou know by now how much I enjoyed your book [Loaves and Fishes]. Am reading James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the..
1963/09/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 147]
James BaldwinGo Tell It on the MountainYou know by now how much I enjoyed your book [Loaves and Fishes]. Am reading James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the..
1963/09/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 16]
Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed.Spent an hour or more on Baker's Inner Life of Dame Gertrude carefully reading the chapters on "Divine Inspira..
1963/09/15
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 173]
Iris OrigoLeopardi: A Study in SolitudeI am enjoying the Leopardi [note 153: Iris Origo, Leopardi: A Study of Solitude (London: Oxford University Pre..
1963/09/15
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 172-73]
Victor HammerConcern for the Art of Civilized ManAbout your book, I wanted to say how excellent it is [note 151: Victor Hammer, Concern for the Art of Civilize..
1963/09/15
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 73]
Victor HammerConcern for the Art of Civilized ManI am enjoying the Leopardi book in the hospital and will look forward to doing the translations. All best wish..
1963/09/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 17-18]
Iris OrigoLeopardi: A Study in SolitudeIris Origo's life of [Giacomo] Leopardi [Leopardi: A Study in Solitude, 1935] was a fascinating discovery (not..
1963/09/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 17]
Jean Paul SartreLiterature & existentialism / Jean Paul Sartre ; transl. from the French by Bernard FrechtmanSartre's Literature and Existentialism on the other hand is powerful and convincing, though his historical syn..
1963/09/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 17]
Karl BarthFides quaerens intellectum : la preuve de l'existence de dieu d'après Anselme de Cantorbery / Karl Barth ; trad. francaise de Jean CarrèreI have been able to do a lot of reading. Some on Barth's view of St. Anselm (very penetrating explanation of A..
1963/09/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 17]
Morris WestShoes of the FishermanWasted my time reading Morris West's Shoes of the Fisherman. Superficial and naive. A Ukranian Pope falls in l..
1963/09/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 18]
Yevgeny YevtushenkoPrecocious AutobiographyFinally-[Yevgeny] Yevtushenko's autobiography [A Precocious Autobiography, 1963]. Unquestionably good, lively,..
1963/09/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 19]
Anselmus of CanterburyCur Deus Homo?Tonight at the grotto, after saying office, read some of the fabulous chapters of [St. Anselm's] Cur Deus Homo..
1963/09/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 19]
Jean Paul SartreAge of ReasonIn contrast I skimmed through Sartre's Age of Reason which at first (the other day) I had decided not to read ..
1963/09/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 20]
Karl BarthDogmatics in OutlineA magnificent line from Karl Barth. "Everyone who has to contend with unbelief should be advised that he ought..
1963/10/03
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 181]
Edgar WindArt and Anarchy: The Reith LecturesYesterday I finished Art and Anarchy and am returning it. - really an exceptionally good book. All the essays ..
1963/10/03
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 246-47]
Morris WestShoes of the FishermanI read the Shoes of the Fisherman in the hospital & thought it rather naive & after all timid & passive. Pope ..
1963/10/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 22]
Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'IslamTwo minds more different than those of Karl Barth and Frithjof Schuon would be hard to imagine, yet I am readi..
1963/10/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 22]
Marco PallisWay and the MountainTwo minds more different than those of Karl Barth and Frithjof Schuon would be hard to imagine, yet I am readi..
1963/10/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 465]
Marco PallisWay and the MountainI want to thank you especially for the books you so kindly sent. First of all, your own The Way and the Mounta..
1963/10/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 465-66]
Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacyAnd now above all, thank you for the superb book on Ahmad Al 'Alawi [by Martin Lings], superb because of its s..
1963/10/07
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 22]
Ida Friederike GörresBroken Lights: Diaries and Letters of Ida Görres 1951-1959Yesterday began Ida Göerres' diaries which are very lovely. She is one of the most alert and honest Catholic m..
1963/10/08
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 24]
Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'IslamWhen Schuon writes about Mohammed, one wonders to what extent he is surreptitiously using ideas suggested by t..
1963/10/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 24]
Jose Maria GironellaOne Million DeadBegan [Jose María] Gironella's One Million Dead...
1963/10/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 24]
Zoe OldenbourgMassacre at Monsegur: A History of the Albigensian CrusadeThe last time I was in Louisville to see the Doctor I got two books on the Albigensians by Zoe Oldenbourg [Des..
1963/10/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 41]
Zoe OldenbourgMassacre at Monsegur: A History of the Albigensian CrusadeI have been thinking of Toulouse, as I have come across some rather interesting books about the Albigensians (..
1963/10/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 55-56]
Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'IslamI have just finished reading the [Frithjof] Schuon book on Islam, in French. It strikes me as one of his best ..
1963/10/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 55]
Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacyFirst of all, thank you for the remarkable book on Ahmad Al-'Alawi [Martin Lings, A Modern Saint of the Twenti..
1963/10/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 363]
Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacyA Martin Lings has done what I think is a very fine study of a Moslem called Ahmad Al-'Alawi. I have an extra ..
1963/10/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 363]
Zoe OldenbourgMassacre at Monsegur: A History of the Albigensian CrusadeHave you read any of Zoe Oldenbourg's books about the Albigensians? Very moving and disturbing. She is right i..
1963/10/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 25]
Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed.I have been reading Dame Gertrude More. Will send you a thing about her and also some other mimeographed bookl..
1963/10/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 25]
Zoe OldenbourgDestiny of FireThe book Destiny of Fire, a novel, is far more powerful and "bouleversant" ["upsetting"] than the history. A..
1963/10/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 26]
Raïssa MaritainNotes sur le PaterThe other day I finished a short preface to Julie Kernan's translation of Raïssa [Maritain]'s Notes sur le Pat..
1963/10/24
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 26]
Karl BarthDogmatics in Outline"To be a man means to be situated in God's presence as Jesus is, that is, to be a bearer of the wrath of God."..
1963/10/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 27]
Julien GreenEach in His Darkness"One thing still holds, and only this one thing is really serious, that Jesus is the victor. A seriousness tha..
1963/10/28
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 28]
Anselmus of CanterburyCur Deus Homo?I have suddenly grasped the magnificent Chapter I.9 of Cur Deus Homo? [by St. Anselm]. Read it in the hospital..
1963/10/28
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 28]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogionI have suddenly grasped the magnificent Chapter I.9 of Cur Deus Homo? [by St. Anselm]. Read it in the hospital..
1963/10/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 29]
Karl BarthDogmatics in OutlineAgain. Barth's bestiary. This time the Church is not a snail. "The Church runs like a herald to deliver the me..
1963/10/29
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 132]
Raïssa MaritainNotes sur le PaterJacques [Maritain] cabled me today that he was happy with a preface I had written for Raissa's Notes sur le Pa..
1963/10/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 30]
Robert Charles ZaehnerHindu and Muslim MysticismFinally getting into Zaehner's Hindu and Muslim Mysticism, a remarkable book. And convincing...
1963/11/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 31]
EadmerLife of St. Anselm / ed. R.W. SouthernThere is a wonderful therapeutic atmosphere about Eadmer's life of Anselm [The Life of St. Anselm, ed. R. W. S..
1963/11/09
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 247]
Julien GreenEach in His DarknessThere is a new magazine starting up at the University of Iowa [Charlatan ], run by Episcopalians. I don't know..
1963/11/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 32-33]
Robert Charles ZaehnerMatter and Spirit: Their Convergence in Eastern Religions, Marx and Teilhard de ChardinFinished some notes on Zaehner's Teilhardian pamphlet on Matter and Spirit which is good in intention, poor an..
1963/11/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 82]
Jose Maria GironellaOne Million DeadI agree with you on your dislike of fiction and can't read most novels even when I try, but now I am well into..
1963/11/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 81]
Quintus HoraceOdesI am glad you have been working on [Robinson] Jeffers. I can see what would attract you in him, though I have ..
1963/11/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 81]
VirgilGeorgicsI am glad you have been working on [Robinson] Jeffers. I can see what would attract you in him, though I have ..
1963/11/12
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 33]
Nicholas of CusaOpusculaOn the other hand I think that reading Sartre's L'Être et le néant is going to be important for me. (However, ..
1963/11/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 34]
Nicholas of CusaOpusculaNicholas of Cusa: opening up. Magnificent discovery. I have been on to him for a while, but not realizing how ..
1963/11/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 36]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu DiaboliBegan Anselm's De Casu Diaboli - not because of yesterday, but I have been interested to get to it for a long ..
1963/11/21
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 309]
Dietrich Hildebrand, vonIn Defense of PurityBy the way, there is a book ostensibly for nuns, etc., but which besides virginity also treats married love qu..
1963/11/21
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 309]
Erich FrommArt of Loving: an Enquiry into the Nature of LoveProbably one of the most practical books I can recommend is Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving, which is publishe..
1963/11/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 363]
Lancelot AndrewesPreces PrivataeJust a word of thanks for the books, Wm. Law, and Lancelot Andrewes. I am so glad to have them both, particula..
1963/11/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 38]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu DiaboliHow close is the tricherie [trickery] of Sartre to the rectitudo of St. Anselm? Is there any correspondence be..
1963/11/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 38]
Jean Paul Sartreêtre et le neant : essai d'ontologie phenomenologique / par J.-P. SartreHow close is the tricherie [trickery] of Sartre to the rectitudo of St. Anselm? Is there any correspondence be..
1963/11/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 39]
Jean Paul SartreRespectful ProstituteRead Sartre's Respectful Prostitute. All I had ever heard about it ran it down, but it is a smasher! Best thin..
1963/12/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 41]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu DiaboliThe seventeenth chapter of De Casu Diaboli brings up a very modern question - our creativity, that is, the cre..
1963/12/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 42]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu DiaboliI finished De Casu Diaboli. If a first reading can be said to finish such a book. Must go through it again. Es..
1963/12/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 42-43]
Jose Maria GironellaOne Million DeadAm well on the way to finishing Gironella's great book (One Million Dead). Great in size, and a very competent..
1963/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 43]
 Pilgrimage of Etheria / translation of Peregrinatio AetheriaeAnother Spanish writer-fourth-century Egeria (Etheria, "Sylvia") and her amazing Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Egy..
1963/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 585]
Rolf HochhuthDeputy / Translation from the German Der StellvertreterI have been asked to write some notes on a notorious play [Hochhuth's The Deputy] which treats Pius XII as a r..
1963/12/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 651]
Rolf HochhuthDeputy / Translation from the German Der StellvertreterAs to Hochhuth: yes, I have read the play [The Deputy] and have dashed off some notes on it which George Lawle..
1963/12/15
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 45]
Tom StonierNuclear DisasterReading Tom Stonier's Nuclear Disaster. A frightful book. Descriptions of the destruction, death and suffering..
1963/12/15
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 45]
Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. VincentInteresting notes on New Testament anthropology in Werner Georg Kümmel [Man in the New Testament, trans. John ..
1963/12/15
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 45]
Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. VincentOf [Rudolf Karl] Bultmann: "Pauline anthropology is as a statement an act of the new life and not an anthropol..
1963/12/16
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 46]
Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. VincentThe great value of the Kümmel book is its affirmation, conclusively proven, that in the New Testament man's si..
1963/12/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 47]
Maurice Merleau-PontyIn Praise of Philosophy / transl. of Eloge de la philosophy et autres essays (Paris 1960)[Maurice] Merleau-Ponty says: "Nothing can be explained by way of man, for he is not a strength but a weakness..
1963/12/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 47]
Bahya ibn PakudaIntroduction aux devoirs des coeurs / transl. André Chouraqui, 1943Zwi Werblowsky has sent Bahya [ben Joseph] ibn Pakuda in the remarkable [André] Chouraqui translation. This is..
1963/12/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 48]
Maurice Merleau-PontyIn Praise of Philosophy / transl. of Eloge de la philosophy et autres essays (Paris 1960)Merleau-Ponty says: "Je suis a moi au etant au mond" ["I am to myself as being in the world"]. And this woul..
1963/12/27
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 51]
Herbert SpiegelbergPhenomenological Movement: a Historical IntroductionMerleau-Ponty and the phenomenology of man's unfinished business (Herbert Spiegelberg) [The Phenomenological M..
1964/01/00
[Ltrs: CforT p. 281]
Walker PercyMoviegoerThere is no easy way to thank you for your book. Not only are the good words about books all used up and ruine..
1964/01/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 586]
Bahya ibn PakudaIntroduction aux devoirs des coeurs / transl. André Chouraqui, 1943First of all I want to thank you for the Introduction aux devoirs des coeurs [by Bahya] which has arrived. I r..
1964/01/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 52-53]
Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament ResearchSense of God all day. Now Bultmann's idea of God (evening, before Night Watch). Our care meets Him at the end ..
1964/01/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 54]
Harold John BlackhamSix Existential Thinkers[Martin] Heidegger's notion that the realization and acceptance of death is the guarantee of authenticity in l..
1964/01/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 55]
Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament ResearchBultmann's Essays have been a revelation to me, so powerful, so urgent, so important that every sentence stops..
1964/01/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 364]
Karl JaspersWay to WisdomYou ask about spiritual books. I have been reading all sorts of things, things which I find spiritual. Rudolf ..
1964/01/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 364]
Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament ResearchYou ask about spiritual books. I have been reading all sorts of things, things which I find spiritual. Rudolf ..
1964/01/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 60]
Harold John BlackhamSix Existential ThinkersBlackham, writing of Sartre, says wisely that "popular wisdom" easily accepts extreme views but not disturbin..
1964/01/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 59]
Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament ResearchMuch as I disagree with some of Bultmann's statements on non-Christian religions I cannot help being swayed an..
1964/01/12
[Ltrs: SofC p. 195]
Irenee HausherrSolitude et vie contemplative d'après l'HesychasmeFirst I want to thank you for your kindness in sending me the mimeograph of P. Hausherr's study on Hesychasm. ..
1964/01/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 61]
Karl JaspersPlato and Augustine / edited by Hannah ArendtJaspers talks of the "Augustinian turnabout." At one moment Augustine is saying "let none of us say he has al..
1964/01/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 62-63]
Maurice Merleau-PontySignesFor Merleau-Ponty our body is not an apparatus which, directed by the Spirit, makes use of pre-existing signs ..
1964/01/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 63-64]
Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b.I wonder if anyone reads the monastic letters, etc. of Abelard. They are full of fine traditional material, in..
1964/01/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 64]
Maurice Merleau-PontySignes"Le romancier tient à son lecteur, et tout homme à tout homme, un language d'inities: inities au monde, à l'un..
1964/01/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 63-64]
Petrus AbaelardusEpistolaeI wonder if anyone reads the monastic letters, etc. of Abelard. They are full of fine traditional material, in..
1964/01/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 64]
Walker PercyMoviegoerThe great impact of Walker Percy's Moviegoer is that the whole book says in reality what the hero is not and e..
1964/01/19
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 65]
Anselmus of CanterburyOrationes et MeditationesThen this morning in Anselm's Meditations and Orations-I find his "Digne, certe, digne!" ["Fitting, certainly..
1964/01/19
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 65]
Maurice Merleau-PontySignesMerleau-Ponty again-from Husserl-"Penser n'estpasposseder des objets de pensee, c'est circonscrire par eux un ..
1964/01/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 66]
Maurice Merleau-PontySignesMagnificent ending of Merleau-Ponty's essay on Husserl ("Le Philosophe et son ombr"). Must translate and medi..
1964/01/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 67]
Caesarius of ArlesEpistolaeStill on Anselm's Letters-and now too Caesarius of Aries...
1964/01/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 67]
Maurice Merleau-PontySignes"C'est la ruse majeure du pouvoir de persuader les hommes qu'ils gagnent quand ilperdent" ["The major trick o..
1964/01/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 68]
Karl JaspersEuropean Spirit"What makes us afraid is our great freedom, in face of the emptiness that has still to be filled." Jaspers. A..
1964/02/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 538]
Bahya ibn PakudaIntroduction aux devoirs des coeurs / transl. André Chouraqui, 1943"¦ Zwi Werblowsky has sent Bahya Ibn Paquda and a couple of good books by Vajda on medieval Jewish mysticism. ..
1964/02/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 69-70]
Maurice Merleau-PontySens et non-sensOne of the worst things I have ever done-the absurd enterprise of writing that text for the Vatican Pavilion. ..
1964/02/07
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 71]
Jean Paul SartreBaudelaireI emerge at the end of Sartre's involved meditation on Baudelaire [Eng. trans., 1950], like coming out of dark..
1964/02/08
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 73]
Georges BernanosChemin de la croix-des-AmesI have here his Chemin de la croix des ames-written about France in World War II. It is often tedious. Perhaps..
1964/02/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 74]
Simone Beauvoire, deEthics of AmbiguitySimone de Beauvoir has this to say, which corrects so many of the cliches about existentialism: "It is not tru..
1964/02/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 76]
Simone Beauvoire, deEthics of AmbiguityAn honest statement. "No action can be generated for man without its being immediately generated against men. ..
1964/02/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 47]
Walker PercyMoviegoerHave you read a book by a man called Walker Percy, called The Movie Goer? I don't read enough novels to judge,..
1964/02/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 76]
AmmonasAmmonii Eremitae EpistolaeOne of the great discoveries and graces of this year has been Abbot Ammonas. A magnificent primitive spiritual..
1964/02/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 76]
Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b.St. Anselm, to a monk-to meditate on death and then: "Ab inceptis ergo nulla lassitudine deficias, sed potius ..
1964/02/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 76-77]
Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b."Adeo namque vilis mens mea quasi quadam naturali arctatur angustia bonaeque voluntatis languet imbecilitate, ..
1964/02/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 365]
AmmonasAmmonii Eremitae EpistolaeJust a brief letter to thank you for the big book Crucible of Love. I have not got into it because I am swampe..
1964/02/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 365]
Edward Schillebeeckx o.p.Christ, the Sacrament of the Encounter with God.Just a brief letter to thank you for the big book Crucible of Love. I have not got into it because I am swampe..
1964/02/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 77]
AmmonasAmmonii Eremitae Epistolae"Ut apud te mens nostra tuo depiderisfuequat quae si carnis maceratione cangiat." [Merton's loose translation..
1964/02/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 80]
Joseph LortzReformation: A Problem For TodayIs [Joseph] Lortz too severe on Erasmus? Reading him after dinner today I wondered about this. Erasmus was "ha..
1964/02/23
[Ltrs: HGL p. 80-81]
Karl RahnerChristian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral TheologyHave been reading and reviewing Rahner's latest book and agree with him about what he calls the diaspora situa..
1964/03/03
[Ltrs: CforT p. 104]
François de Salignac de La Mothe FenelonFenelon: Letters of Love and Counsel / Merton wrote introductionYour letter reached me back in January and since then I have heard you are with us again. It is good to have y..
1964/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 142-43]
Rolf HochhuthDeputy / Translation from the German Der StellvertreterA letter from the new Abbot General [Dom Ignace Gillet] came in concerning the articles on peace in Seeds of D..
1964/03/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 90]
Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b.I finished the letters of St. Anselm this morning (volumes of Schmitt to go back to West Baden)...
1964/03/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 90]
Albert CamusDiscours de SuèdeI read Camus' Discours de Suede in the University of Louisville library. Fed up with Louisville. Wish I did no..
1964/03/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 90]
C.H. TalbotLife of Christina of Markyate, a Twelfth Century RecluseAm reading the life of Christina of Markyate (recluse near St. Albans in the twelfth century) and find it marv..
1964/03/15
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 90-91]
François BiotRise of Protestant MonasticismTwo dogs yesterday worrying a dead woodchuck in the fields, disturbed me when I was writing a review (book on ..
1964/03/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 496-97]
Karl RahnerChristian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral TheologyI do not know whether you read English but I thought you might be interested in an article which took, as its ..
1964/03/19
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 91]
Heinrich SchlierEleutherosI am beginning to be glad I learned (barely) to read German in school, and regret that I have let it go for so..
1964/03/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 92]
Heinrich SchlierEleutherosToday I finished after several days of continuous work, Schlier's splendid article "Eleutheria" in Kittel. Am..
1964/03/24
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 92]
Piotr RawiczBlood from the SkyThe frightful novel of Piotr Rawicz. Blood from the Sky is a true descent into hell, so much so that it seems ..
1964/04/01
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 248]
Konstantin PaustovskyStory of a LifeTime for a class, so I must stop. Later I will write more. There have been a lot of interesting books around, ..
1964/04/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 94]
Henry Robert McAdooStructure of Caroline Moral TheologyHave borrowed [Henry Robert] McAdoo on Caroline Moral Theology [The Structure of Caroline Moral Theology, 1949..
1964/04/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 94]
Konstantin PaustovskyStory of a LifeI have been reading [Konstantin] Paustovsky with pleasure [The Story of a Life, 1963]. It is a great book with..
1964/04/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 95]
Henri PerrinPriest and Worker: The Autobiography of Henri PerrinThis would be the fiftieth birthday of the Worker Priest Henri Perrin if he were alive. The publishers have se..
1964/04/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 96]
Paul NizanAden ArabieNote exactly the same torment of conscience in Sartre's preface to Aden Arabie. A long querulous self-examinat..
1964/04/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 105]
Piotr RawiczBlood from the SkyThat [Piotr] Rawicz [Blood from the Sky]. It is magnificently horrible, and I am terribly impressed by it. The..
1964/04/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 97]
Vasilii RozanovFace sombre du ChristReading [Vasilii] Rozanov-a new selection has come out in French. He is an important and dire voice, shocking ..
1964/04/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 105]
Wlodzimierz OdojewskiDying DayNow as to the books you have sent. [Wlodzimierz] Odojewski's Dying Day is a fascinating and sometimes beautifu..
1964/04/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 97-98]
Vasilii RozanovFace sombre du ChristDeeply impressed by Rozanov in the heat behind the woodshed. A magnificent piece of writing about [Mariano Car..
1964/04/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 26]
Charles James StranksAnglican DevotionMeanwhile I have been getting on with other Anglican reading. Thornton on English Spirituality was of course a..
1964/04/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 26]
E.L. Mascall (ed.)Blessed Virgin Mary: Essays by Anglicans / co-editor: H.S. BoxHave I yet thanked you for the remarkable little book of essays on the Blessed Virgin [The Blessed Virgin Mary..
1964/04/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 26]
Henry Robert McAdooStructure of Caroline Moral TheologyMeanwhile I have been getting on with other Anglican reading. Thornton on English Spirituality was of course a..
1964/04/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 26]
Martin ThorntonEnglish Spirituality: An Outline of Ascetical Theology according to the English Pastoral TraditionMeanwhile I have been getting on with other Anglican reading. Thornton on English Spirituality was of course a..
1964/05/14
[Ltrs: HGL p. 167]
William Du BayHuman ChurchThanks for your book which, it seems to me, does not need to be safely publishable, only to be used. It can be..
1964/05/16
[Honorable p. 141]
Ida Friederike GörresBroken Lights: Diaries and Letters of Ida Görres 1951-1959Thanks for your kind letter. I did enjoy Ida Goerres' diaries very much indeed and got a good letter from her...
1964/05/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 104-05]
PlatoGorgiasYesterday, on the Vigil, a group of the Hibakusha [Note 29: Survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki..
1964/05/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 366]
Nora Kershaw ChadwickAge of the Saints in the Early Celtic ChurchThe book I have on my mind and like very much is Nora Chadwick's lectures on the Celtic Church. This is really..
1964/05/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 366]
Sergius BolshakoffRussian MysticsI have been, I repeat, foolishly and perhaps scandalously busy with a lot of absurd things, not the least of w..
1964/05/24
[Ltrs: CforT p. 44-45]
Jacques MaritainMoral PhilosophyIt was very good of you to ask Scribner's to send me your great newly translated book on Moral Philosophy. Act..
1964/05/24
[Ltrs: CforT p. 45]
Louis MassignonOpera MinoraI have also been reading the big volumes of Louis Massignon's Opera Minora, so much more "majora" than most o..
1964/05/26
[Ltrs: SofC p. 217]
Louis GougaudCeltic ChristianityI have begun some work on medieval recluses, and am of course very interested in finding out more about the Ir..
1964/05/26
[Ltrs: SofC p. 217]
Louis GougaudErmites et ReclusI have begun some work on medieval recluses, and am of course very interested in finding out more about the Ir..
1964/05/26
[Ltrs: SofC p. 217]
Nora Kershaw ChadwickAge of the Saints in the Early Celtic ChurchHaving just read, and greatly enjoyed, your book The Age of Saints in the EarlyCeltic Church, I am emboldened ..
1964/05/26
[Ltrs: SofC p. 217]
Nora Kershaw ChadwickPoetry and Letters in early Christian GaulHaving just read, and greatly enjoyed, your book The Age of Saints in the EarlyCeltic Church, I am emboldened ..
1964/05/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 107]
Hugo M. Enomiya LasalleZen, Weg zu ErleuchtungAm reading [R. M.] Enomiya Lasalle, in German, on Zen, and like it [Zen, Weg zur Erleuchtung, 1960]. Fascinati..
1964/05/29
[Ltrs: HGL p. 440]
William Johnston S.J.Mysticism of the Cloud of UnknowingThanks for your letter of the 13th. Your project on The Cloud and Zen sounds interesting, and so, though I hav..
1964/06/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 108]
Emmy ArnoldTorches Together: The beginning and Early Years of the Bruderhof CommunitiesReading the little book on Eberhard Arnold on the Bruderhof [Emmy Arnold, Torches Together: The Beginning and ..
1964/06/11
[Ltrs: HGL p. 569]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiZen and Japanese BuddhismTwo packages of books have arrived and I am most grateful to you for them and for the kind inscriptions. I hav..
1964/06/16
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 114]
 Teaching of MaelruainRead the Teaching of Maelruain (Rule of Tallaght) and some Irish poems...
1964/06/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 117]
Auguste JundtAmis de Dieu au quatorzième siècleComing home. Taking off over the Atlantic, clouds over New Jersey, read a bit of [Auguste] Jundt on Les Amis d..
1964/06/22
[Ltrs: CforT p. 279]
Henry MillerStand Still like the HummingbirdI cannot let your hummingbird [Stand Still like the Hummingbird] get away without a resounding shout of approv..
1964/06/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 121]
David L. Edwards"Honest to God" Debate: Some Reactions to the Book Honest to GodFirst real interest in the "Honest to God" question.[Note 1: The "question" was prompted by the publication ..
1964/06/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 121]
John A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) RobinsonHonest to GodFirst real interest in the "Honest to God" question.[Note 1: The "question" was prompted by the publication ..
1964/06/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 121]
Kenneth H. JacksonStudies in Early Celtic Nature PoetryBlazing hot, stuffy air, barely moved by a little breeze here in the woodshed. What a day it is going to be! E..
1964/06/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 121]
Auguste JundtAmis de Dieu au quatorzième siècleI finished the old Jundt book on Les Amis de Dieu which I borrowed from the Columbia Library. (Will not forget..
1964/06/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 121]
Rabindranath TagoreOne Hundred Poems of Kabir / translated by Evelyn UnderhillI finished the old Jundt book on Les Amis de Dieu which I borrowed from the Columbia Library. (Will not forget..
1964/06/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 59]
Louis MassignonOpera MinoraYou probably have received the wonderful new edition of Louis Massignon's Opera Minora. Excellent. I will see ..
1964/06/28
[Ltrs: HGL p. 59]
Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacyYou probably have received the wonderful new edition of Louis Massignon's Opera Minora. Excellent. I will see ..
1964/06/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 122]
Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and ReunionBob Giroux sent M. Serafian's The Pilgrim. I have read about twenty-five pages of it and find it great. So muc..
1964/06/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 122]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinBob Giroux sent M. Serafian's The Pilgrim. I have read about twenty-five pages of it and find it great. So muc..
1964/06/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 122]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinHow badly we need a real spirit of liberty in the Church, it is vitally necessary and the whole Church depends..
1964/06/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 82]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinI just finished The Pilgrim by Serafian, on the Council. It is really a smasher, much better than the gossip c..
1964/07/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 218]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinOne book you must read if you have not already is The Pilgrim by Serafian, about Pope Paul and the Council. Th..
1964/07/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 218]
Rolf HochhuthDeputy / Translation from the German Der StellvertreterOne book you must read if you have not already is The Pilgrim by Serafian, about Pope Paul and the Council. Th..
1964/07/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 652]
Rolf HochhuthDeputy / Translation from the German Der StellvertreterI am very much tempted to write a parallel between The Deputy and the new Serafian book, The Pilgrim. Starting..
1964/07/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 220]
Hutterian Brethren (ed.)Children in CommunityA special word for the beautiful book Children in Community. This is a very special success, with all the mode..
1964/07/08
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 124]
Alan Orr AndersonAdamnan's Life of Columba / and Marjory Ogilvie Anderson, editors and translatorsI am reading Adamnan's Life of Columba [1962], one of the great Vitae. Full of a very special character and sp..
1964/07/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 124]
Rafael SquirruChallenge of the New Man: A Cultural Approach to the Latin American SceneRafael Squirru's "New Man" pamphlet is very provocative. How much this is needed. The little that is publishe..
1964/07/12
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 126]
Alan Orr AndersonAdamnan's Life of Columba / and Marjory Ogilvie Anderson, editors and translatorsDeeply moved by Adamnan's extraordinary life of St. Columba. A poetic work, full of powerful symbols, indescri..
1964/07/12
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 249]
John A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) RobinsonHonest to GodHonest to God is causing a bit of a stir in Protestant circles. He [John A. T. Robinson] gives the impression ..
1964/07/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 146]
Rafael SquirruChallenge of the New Man: A Cultural Approach to the Latin American SceneIt is a long time since I have written and I do not remember whether I answered yours of May 16th. Perhaps not..
1964/07/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 232]
Rafael SquirruChallenge of the New Man: A Cultural Approach to the Latin American SceneMany thanks for your little book on the "New Man." I have read it carefully and with pleasure and want to con..
1964/07/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 127]
Edward Deming AndrewsShaker furniture : the craftsmanship of an American communal sect / by Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews ; photos by William F. WinterMust write the preface to E[dward] D[eming] Andrews' new edition of Shaker Furniture. But first a short articl..
1964/07/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 127]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinHeschel is convinced that Serafian's Pilgrim is perfectly right. We both look at this book in the same way, as..
1964/07/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 128]
 Navigatio Sancti Brendani AbbatisThe Navigatio S. Brendani came yesterday from Boston College. I began it this morning, studying it as a Tract ..
1964/07/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 128]
Edward Deming AndrewsReligion in Wood: A Book of Shaker FurnitureYesterday, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Carmel in our Order, I wrote that Shaker preface ["Religion in Wo..
1964/07/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 128]
Jorge Carrera AndradeInterpretacion de Ruben DaríoRead an excellent piece by [Jorge] Carrera Andrade on Ruben Darío. Important, a key man for the "consciencia a..
1964/07/2
[Ltrs: HGL p. 652]
Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi MartinI am very much tempted to write a parallel between The Deputy and the new Serafian book, The Pilgrim. Starting..
1964/07/20
[Ltrs: HGL p. 40]
Edward Deming AndrewsReligion in Wood: A Book of Shaker FurnitureYou are perhaps wondering what has become of the preface I was asked by him to write for Religion in Wood. I h..
1964/07/20
[Ltrs: HGL p. 170]
Heinrich Dumoulin S.J.history of Zen Buddhism / Heinrich Dumoulin ; transl. from the German by Paul PeacheyIt is a great pleasure to receive your letter and to be in contact with you. Needless to say, it makes me happ..
1964/07/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 130]
 Navigatio Sancti Brendani AbbatisFinished first reading of the Navigatio Brendani this morning. Interesting monastic vocabulary. The geography-..
1964/07/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 129]
Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from PrisonI sent the article on "Honest to God" to the Commonweal yesterday. Really Bonhoeffer is far deeper than Robin..
1964/07/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 130]
Graham GreeneBurnt-Out CaseGraham Greene's A Burnt-Out Case-takes this up a bit savagely and very well. The complete burning out of Chris..
1964/07/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 129]
John A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) RobinsonHonest to GodI sent the article on "Honest to God" to the Commonweal yesterday. Really Bonhoeffer is far deeper than Robin..
1964/07/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 222]
Dame Margaret GascoigneDevotionsToday two books arrived, beautifully bound: the Spiritual Anker and the Treatise on Discretion. Thanks very mu..
1964/07/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 130]
Graham GreeneBurnt-Out CaseThe Burnt-Out Case is not much of a book, really. It is competent, but is itself a bit burned out and silly. Y..
1964/07/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 432]
Abraham Joshua HeschelEarth Is the Lord's: The Inner World of the Jew in Eastern EuropeYour books and offprints arrived promptly. I am at the moment most involved in The Earth Is the Lord's and The..
1964/07/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 432]
Abraham Joshua HeschelSabbathYour books and offprints arrived promptly. I am at the moment most involved in The Earth Is the Lord's and The..
1964/07/28
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 131]
 Navigatio Sancti Brendani AbbatisInteresting background to the Navigatio Brendani-its connection with the Lotharingian monastic reform in the t..
1964/08/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 132]
William StringfellowMy People Is the Enemy: An Autobiographical PolemicI finished [William] Stringfellow's book on Harlem [My People Is the Enemy: An Autobiographical Polemic, 1964]..
1964/08/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 132]
Robert ArdreyAfrican genesis : a personal investigation into the animal origins and nature of man / Robert Ardrey ; drawings by Berdine ArdreySomeone has sent a book, African Genesis [by Robert Ardrey]. I had heard of discoveries of Leakey at Olduvai, ..
1964/08/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 48]
Edward Deming AndrewsReligion in Wood: A Book of Shaker FurnitureThanks for the word in the silence. I am sorry only of the occasion for it. I had as a matter of fact heard ve..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 134]
Albert CamuspesteWhere can I ever read all the novels one is supposed to read? I am, however, finishing La Peste (Camus). It is..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 134]
Albert CamuspesteLa Peste-understandable in the light of Bonhoeffer's admirable prison letters. In connection with Camus and pe..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 134]
Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from PrisonLa Peste-understandable in the light of Bonhoeffer's admirable prison letters. In connection with Camus and pe..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 133]
Herman MelvilleMoby Dick; of the WhaleThe other day in Louisville picked up [W. H.] Auden's "Enchafed Flood" at the library. It is good background ..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 134]
Raïssa MaritainChagall: Ou l'orage enchantreRaïssa Maritain in her book on [Marc] Chagall [Chagall: Où l'orage enchante, 1948] speaks of the light of New ..
1964/08/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 133]
Wystab Hugh AudenEnchafèd Flood: or the Romantic Iconography of the SeaThe other day in Louisville picked up [W. H.] Auden's "Enchafed Flood" at the library. It is good background ..
1964/08/12
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 135]
David Knowles o.s.b.Historian and Character and other EssaysLast night I dreamed that Dom James suddenly announced that we would have funeral and quasi-military "parades ..
1964/08/20
[Ltrs: SofC p. 228]
Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta (The Flaming Arrow)I love the Carmelite spirit, I mean especially that of the first Carmelites and the Ignea sagitta (a rare but ..
1964/08/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 138]
George Scott-MoncrieffScottish IslandsAnother nice letter from Nora K. Chadwick yesterday. Her sister was a Carmelite at Waterbeach for sixty years ..
1964/08/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 138]
James Midley ClarkAbbey of St. Gall as a Centre of Literature and ArtAnother nice letter from Nora K. Chadwick yesterday. Her sister was a Carmelite at Waterbeach for sixty years ..
1964/08/31
[Ltrs: CforT p. 174]
Edward Deming AndrewsReligion in Wood: A Book of Shaker FurnitureIt has been a hot and busy summer, in which I have tried to get some work done. Possibly I have undertaken too..
1964/09/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 140]
Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik.This morning I began [Hans Urs] Von Balthasar's Herrlichkeit-a long book to try to read in German, but the fir..
1964/09/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 141-42]
Robert ArdreyAfrican genesis : a personal investigation into the animal origins and nature of man / Robert Ardrey ; drawings by Berdine ArdreyI was going to burn some wastepaper, but it is too dry a day. Sent out to the girl [Donna Mae Miller] at the U..
1964/09/27
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 149]
Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik.Slowly plugging at Von Balthasar's Herrlichkeit. Certainly this one central thing: all theology is a scientifi..
1964/09/27
[Ltrs: SofC p. 241]
Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik.The wonderful package of books has arrived, and I am reading the first volume of Herrlichkeit, not without a l..
1964/10/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 155-56]
Hans Urs von BalthasarWord and Revelation. Essays in Theology IVon Balthasar's Word and Revelation excellent. One fine passage where he says substantially what Juliana of No..
1964/10/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 247]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Otia Monastica: Etudes sur le vocabulaire de la contemplation au Moyen âgeYour Otia came yesterday and I began it immediately. It is just what I am looking for. A splendid book...
1964/10/29
[Ltrs: SofC p. 248]
Hans Urs von BalthasarWord and Revelation. Essays in Theology IYes, there is work being done on a monastic ratio studiorum [program of studies]. There have been copies of do..
1964/10/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 159]
Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. MertonFerry sent Jacques Ellul's book on Technology [The Technological Society, 1964], just out.... Reading Jacques ..
1964/10/31
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 160]
Hans Urs von BalthasarSkitzen zur TheologieAn impressive passage in Balthasar's "Verbum Caro"-a deep and poignant essay. I will use part of it perhaps i..
1964/11/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 161]
Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. MertonI am going on with Ellul's prophetic and I think very sound diagnosis of the Technological Society. How few pe..
1964/11/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 163]
Eugène IonescoBold SopranoYesterday I was reading [Eugene] lonesco's Bald Soprano and laughing myself silly behind the forage boxes pack..
1964/11/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 163]
Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. MertonI think Ellul is perhaps too pessimistic. Not unreasonably so-but one must still have hope. Perhaps the self-d..
1964/11/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 164]
Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz JägerstätterAnd it was certainly profitable to read Balthasar and Gordon Zahn's little book on the objector [Franz] Jägers..
1964/11/11
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 201]
Eugène IonescoPoesie / ed. RenanMany thanks for all the Ionesco. I am sending back Renan today. There are very interesting things in it but I ..
1964/11/12
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 165]
Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz JägerstätterReading proofs of Zahn's book on the Austrian peasant Jägerstätter, executed by Hitler for conscientious objec..
1964/11/16
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 165-66]
Robert LowellFor the Union DeadBrother Antoninus [William Everson], tall, bowed, gentle, benevolent, given to quiet laughter was here from Fr..
1964/11/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 166-67]
Louis MassignonOpera MinoraMassignon and Foucauld"”both converted to Christianity by the witness of Islam to the one living God. Someone ..
1964/11/20
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 107]
Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz JägerstätterThanks for your letters, etc., and for the copies of Peace News. I certainly understand your difficulties abou..
1964/11/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 168-69]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Otia Monastica: Etudes sur le vocabulaire de la contemplation au Moyen âgeAdam the Carthusian (Scotus) in a fine text on quies claustralis [quiet of the cloister] (published by Leclerc..
1964/12/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 172]
Martin E. MartyVarieties of UnbelieveFinished the Martin Marty book Varieties of Unbelief I am supposed to be reviewing for the Commonweal...
1964/12/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 173]
Eugène IonescoNotes et contre-notesHurray for Ionesco! He has some very good ideas, and here is one of them (against those obsessed with ideologi..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
Eugène IonescoFuture Is in EggsSo many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. Lately Ellul, and Felix Green's Cu..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
Eugène IonescuRhinocerosSo many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. Lately Ellul, and Felix Green's Cu..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
Felix GreeneCurtain of IgnoranceSo many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. Lately Ellul, and Felix Green's Cu..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
Kenneth H. JacksonStudies in Early Celtic Nature PoetrySo many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. Lately Ellul, and Felix Green's Cu..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
William GoldingLord of the FlilesI had a somewhat fearsome night after reading The Lord of the Flies. This a hangover from my cenobitic after-d..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 174]
Wu Wei WeiAll else is bondage : "non-volitional living" / by Wei Wu Wei. pseud. of Terrence GrayMeanwhile a little book [All Else Is Bondage: Non-Volitional Living, 1964] by Terence Gray (Wei Wu Wei) is in ..
1964/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 175]
Wystab Hugh AudenEnchafèd Flood: or the Romantic Iconography of the SeaSo many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. Lately Ellul, and Felix Green's Cu..
1964/12/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 176]
Eugène IonescoNotes et contre-notesThank God I have been purged of Sartre by Ionesco. I don't think Ionesco is a great artist but he is healthy a..
1964/12/08
[Ltrs: SofC p. 254]
 Cloud of Unknowing"¦ In such solitude as I have now I have been renewing my contact with Lancelot Andrewes, not as a steady diet..
1964/12/08
[Ltrs: SofC p. 254]
Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine Love"¦ In such solitude as I have now I have been renewing my contact with Lancelot Andrewes, not as a steady diet..
1964/12/08
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 177]
Stephane LupascoLogique et contradictionI am reading [Stephane] Lupano in the hermitage [Logique et contradiction, 1947]...
1964/12/09
[Ltrs: HGL p. 60]
Jacob BoehmeConfessions of Jacob BoehmeRecently I sent you two small books on Boehme, his confessions and another. I like his confessions. Unfortunat..
1964/12/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 178-79]
Daniel CallahanHonesty in the ChurchScribners sent Daniel Callahan's book Honesty in the Church in proof. I will not make a statement on it, as it..
1964/12/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 467-68]
Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. MertonThe old structures, manifestly inadequate in some ways, are being taken away, and instead of being spiritually..
1964/12/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 167-68]
Wu Wei WeiAll else is bondage : "non-volitional living" / by Wei Wu Wei. pseud. of Terrence GrayIt was very kind of you to think of sending me the little book of Terrence Gray. It is most valuable and full ..
1964/12/13
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 250]
Daniel CallahanHonesty in the ChurchYou mention Daniel Callahan. I have just got through reading proofs of his book, Honesty in the Church. You mu..
1964/12/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 654]
Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz JägerstätterPeace News asked me to review your book on Jagerstaetter [In Solitary Witness], and I did. Here is a copy of t..
1964/12/17
[Ltrs: SofC p. 255]
OrigenesContra Celsum / Translated with an introduction & notes by Henry ChadwickIn a recent book of mine I have had occasion to use a couple of quotations from Henry Chadwick's translation o..
1964/12/19
[Ltrs: CforT p. 83]
Czeslaw MiloszPostwar Polish Poetry: An AnthologyJust a word to wish you the blessings of the holy season and to say I have recently written to Anne Freedgood ..
1964/12/19
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 49]
Mark Van DorenMayfield DeerWhich reminds me that the Narrative Poems came, and I like best The Mayfield Deer always. Your two books toget..
1964/12/19
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 49]
Mark Van DorenNarrative Poems: Jonathan GentryWhich reminds me that the Narrative Poems came, and I like best The Mayfield Deer always. Your two books toget..
1964/12/20
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 181]
Eugène IonescoPieton de l'airAm working on Philoxenus and Ephrem. Yesterday I finished Ionesco's Le Pieton de l'air which is extraordinaril..
1964/12/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 181]
Vladimir LosskyVision de DieuAm finally reading Vladimir Lossky's fine book La Vision de Dieu which reminds me that the best thing that has..
1964/12/26
[Ltrs: SofC p. 257]
Peter F. AnsonCall of the DesertI think that even if a desert is formed (which is unlikely) without this basis of intelligent and open communi..
1964/12/27
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 98]
Camille DrevetPar les routes humainesI must thank you for your new book, Par les routes humaines, which reached me some time ago. I have not yet fi..
1964/12/28
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 109]
Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. MertonIn November a group of peace workers, including A. J. Muste, who is the dean of American pacifists, and some f..
1964/12/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 184]
Karlfried Dürckheim, vonJapanese Cult of TranquilityI finished Von Durkheim, The Japanese Cult of Tranquillity. The best and most revealing part is the appendix f..
1965/01/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 190]
Clayton EshelmanResidence on Earth / translation of Neruda, Pablo. Residencia en la TierraClayton Eshelman sent his translation of Residencia en la Tierra [by Pablo Neruda]. Some of it is very success..
1965/01/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 190]
Karl JaspersNietsche and ChristianityJaspers says (and this is analogous to a basic principle in Jacques Ellul also): "Once I envision world histor..
1965/01/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 192]
Paul GoodmanGrowing up AbsurdIn the monastery after dinner I played Brother Antoninus' record "The Tongs of Jeopardy" to the novices and s..
1965/01/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 193]
Philip BerriganNo More StrangersLast week I wrote the preface for Phil Berrigan's book [No More Strangers, 1965] in which there are many fine ..
1965/01/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 192]
William K. Everson o.p.Tongs of Jeopardy / pseudonym: brother AntoninusIn the monastery after dinner I played Brother Antoninus' record "The Tongs of Jeopardy" to the novices and s..
1965/01/22
[Ltrs: CforT p. 256]
Clayton EshelmanResidence on Earth / translation of Neruda, Pablo. Residencia en la TierraGlad for Residence on Earth [Eshleman's translation of Neruda's poems]: your translation made me look more clo..
1965/01/22
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 194]
Vintila Horiaseptième lettre. Le roman de PlatonVintila Horia sent me his novel about Plato and I find it extraordinarily beautiful, a sustained tone of wisdo..
1965/01/31
[Ltrs: HGL p. 626]
John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of ZenLook how much time has passed since I received your letter and the chapter on Hui Neng [in Dr. Wu's book The G..
1965/02/09
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 202]
Quintus HoraceEpodesI must admit I am much moved by Horace-as for instance a quote from the Second Epode which I ran across by cha..
1965/02/14
[Ltrs: SofC p. 265-66]
Rene Brunelmonachisme errant dans Vlslam, Sîdi Heddi et les HeddâwaIt is good to know that the "chroniques" on Islam and so on will get printed, even though not monastic. I hav..
1965/02/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 168]
William Du BayHuman ChurchThe book idea sounds fine. I am glad you are writing on war and peace. With the present mess in Vietnam the su..
1965/02/29
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 225]
Eudo C. MasonRilke, Europe and the English-Speaking WorldToday I am returning Peters, Rilke, Masks and the Man. As I mentioned in my card I would like if possible toe ..
1965/02/29
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 225]
H.F. PetersRainer Maria Rilke, Masks and the ManToday I am returning Peters, Rilke, Masks and the Man. As I mentioned in my card I would like if possible toe ..
1965/03/02
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 212]
Jacques CabaudSimone Weil: A Fellowship in LoveI am reading a good biography of Simone Weil, which I have to review for Peace News. [Note 15: Merton reviewe..
1965/03/03
[Honorable p. 144]
Lional Mordecai TrillingBroken Mirror: A Collection of Writings from Contemporary Poland / edited by Pawel MayewskiYour book THE BROKEN MIRROR is one that I have read with interest, and in various ways I have tried to keep up..
1965/03/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 214]
Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. ViglielmoCame briefly up to the hermitage after dinner to sweep, get the water bottle to fill, and also read a few page..
1965/03/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 214]
Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. ViglielmoNishida Kitaro-just what I am looking for. For example I see my objection to the cliche about "meaningful expe..
1965/03/10
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 212]
Johann Peter HebelTreasure ChestTalking about diversion, I never said how much I liked Hebel's stories. They have a completely wonderful tone ..
1965/03/13
[Ltrs: CforT p. 223]
Falleció Roberto GuervaraDías móvilesFirst, I will get busy and dig up a "manifesto" for you, as well as the books I promised. You can take anythi..
1965/03/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 212]
Nicanor ParraVersos de salonThanks very much for the two books of poems, which you sent me some time ago. You seemed diffident about Verso..
1965/03/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 221]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloDecided to take some bread with coffee this morning instead of fasting (on coffee only) until dinner. The rye ..
1965/03/31
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 223]
Alfonso CortesPoemas NuevosA collection of poems [Poemas Nuevos] by Alfonso Cortes came, sent by his sister. It looks very interesting. W..
1965/03/31
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 223]
Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. ViglielmoYesterday morning finished Nishida Kitaro's Study of Good except for the appendix. One of the most remarkably ..
1965/04/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 223]
Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. ViglielmoThis morning I finished the appendix which gives some idea of the full scope of Nishida's thought. It is most ..
1965/04/16
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 229-30]
Lord Walter NorthbourneReligion in the modern worldMarco Pallis had Lord [Walter] Northbourne send me his really excellent book Religion in the Modern World. Amo..
1965/04/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 231]
Lord Walter NorthbourneReligion in the modern worldThe last pages of Northbourne's book are remarkably good, and make clear the confusions that had given me trou..
1965/04/18
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 312-13]
Lord Walter NorthbourneReligion in the modern worldI have just finished reading your book Religion in the Modern World. Since I did not want to send you a mere f..
1965/04/19
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 232]
Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione Carnis"Fiducia Christianorum resurrectio mortuorum-illam credentes hoc sumus." ["The confidence of Christians is in..
1965/04/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 177]
Alfonso CortesRimas universalesI am very happy to have in hand your new book, Las rimas universales , in which I read with admiration of new ..
1965/04/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 233]
Flannnery O'ConnorEverything That Rises Must ConvergeThen yesterday Flannery O'Connor's new book [Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1965] arrived and I am alrea..
1965/04/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 453]
Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'IslamYour new book reached me this morning, and I must say it looks extremely interesting. I am not perfectly sure ..
1965/04/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 453]
Martin LingsAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsYour new book reached me this morning, and I must say it looks extremely interesting. I am not perfectly sure ..
1965/04/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 454]
Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacyOn the other hand I was able to give what I felt was a very enthusiastic review to your admirable book on Ahma..
1965/04/24
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 233]
Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione CarnisTertullian. Certainly I am reading in perfect circumstances (viz., chapter 12 De Resurrectione at the time of ..
1965/04/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 454]
Rene GuenonCrisis of the Modern WorldMeanwhile I am very happy to be in contact with you, as I am with Marco Pallis, whose books have also been a g..
1965/04/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 233]
Flannnery O'ConnorEverything That Rises Must ConvergeI wonder if the singular power of Flannery O'Connor's work, the horror and fascination of it, is not basically..
1965/04/27
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 235]
Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques MaritainI received a copy of Jacques Maritain's Notebooks, from Paris, and have already read the interesting (and some..
1965/04/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 221]
Flannnery O'ConnorEverything That Rises Must ConvergeHaving just finished Flannery O'Connor's new book [Everything That Rises Must Converge], I can easily believe ..
1965/05/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 246]
Henri Lubac, DeExegèse medieval: les quatre sens de l'EcritureAlready a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill again, with the same bug that had m..
1965/05/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 246]
Herbert ReadGreen ChildAlready a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill again, with the same bug that had m..
1965/05/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 246]
Martin LingsAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsAlready a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill again, with the same bug that had m..
1965/05/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 251]
Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione CarnisFor Meditation-part of the morning on the Sapiential books (Vulgate) and in the evening some of the time I spe..
1965/05/13
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 217]
Herbert GilesConfucianism and its RivalsI have very much enjoyed the Tao of Painting [note 191: Mai-mai Sze, The Tao of Painting, 2nd ed. (New York: ..
1965/05/13
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 217]
Mai-Mai SzeTao of PaintingI have very much enjoyed the Tao of Painting [note 191: Mai-mai Sze, The Tao of Painting, 2nd ed. (New York: ..
1965/05/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 27]
Lancelot AndrewesPreces PrivataeI "¦ have been using Andrewes Preces [Privatae] at night in the hermitage...
1965/05/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 251]
Henri Lubac, DeExegèse medieval: les quatre sens de l'EcritureFor Meditation-part of the morning on the Sapiential books (Vulgate) and in the evening some of the time I spe..
1965/05/26
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 168]
Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. ViglielmoYou will certainly enjoy the Nishida book [Kitaro Nishida, A Study of Good]. My review is not yet published, a..
1965/06/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 207]
Angel Martínez BaigorriSonetos irreparablesYour beautiful book reached me, beautiful visually and in its contents. I was most touched by your friendship ..
1965/06/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 253]
Mai-Mai SzeTao of PaintingOn Friday I went to Lexington for some examinations at the clinic (Dr. Fortune) and was supposed to return tha..
1965/06/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 253]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanBiography of Joseph Duveen, Baron Duveen, 1869-1939On Friday I went to Lexington for some examinations at the clinic (Dr. Fortune) and was supposed to return tha..
1965/06/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 255]
Mai-Mai SzeTao of PaintingI take delight in Mai Mai Sze's Tao of Painting, a deep and contemplative book. I am reading it slowly with gr..
1965/06/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 213]
Eugène IonescuAvenir est dans les oeufsWe are in a time of the worst barbarity, much worse than in the time of the fall of the Roman empire. It is su..
1965/06/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 470]
Frithjof SchuonLanguage of the self / Frithjof Schuon ; transl. by Marco Pallis and Macleod MathesonI have been wanting to tell you how much I have benefited by your translations of Guenon and Schuon. Not only ..
1965/06/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 470]
Rene GuenonCrisis of the Modern WorldI have been wanting to tell you how much I have benefited by your translations of Guenon and Schuon. Not only ..
1965/06/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 338]
Denys RutledgeIn Search of a YogiYour long and interesting letter puts me, I am afraid, in a rather delicate position. Having written a preface..
1965/06/23
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 12]
Eric GillClothes: An Essay upon the Nature and Significance of the Natural and Artificial Integuments Worn by Men and WomenI have very much enjoyed The Tao of Painting, which I will send back soon. Duveen is priceless. But I am afrai..
1965/06/23
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 258]
Ernesto CardenalOración por Marily Monroe y otros poemasErnesto Cardenal sent his new booklet of poems ("Oración for Marilyn Monroe," etc.), and they are very fine, ..
1965/06/23
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 12]
Mai-Mai SzeTao of PaintingI have very much enjoyed The Tao of Painting, which I will send back soon. Duveen is priceless. But I am afrai..
1965/06/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 260]
Karl SternFlight from WomanReading Karl Stern's Flight from Woman. Some fascinating material (loaded word-mater!) especially in the chapt..
1965/07/07
[Ltrs: SofC p. 287]
Karl SternFlight from WomanHave you read Karl Stern's new book, The Flight from Woman? I think it is on the whole very good, and I think ..
1965/07/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 267-68]
Paris LearyControversy of Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary American PoetsYesterday the new anthology by Paris Leary and Robert Kelly arrived. Controversy of Poets. Ambiguous title, go..
1965/07/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 148]
Karl SternFlight from WomanI was very glad indeed to get your letter. It came at a good time, I had just been reading and enjoying Karl S..
1965/07/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 270-71]
Jacques EllulPropagandesThere is no question of the deep inauthenticity of the common life in this monastery, in most religious commun..
1965/07/17
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 271]
John MaccquarrieExtentialist Theology: a Comparison of Heidegger and Bultmann"An important part of the witness of the Church, or in other words an important way of proclaiming the Word mu..
1965/07/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 275]
Søren KierkegaardPresent AgeReading [Søren] Kierkegaard-selections from The Present Age. Very fine and completely prophetic. One of the be..
1965/08/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 277]
EuripidesIphigenia in TaurisReturned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony's hospital. In a way it was trying, at least a test of..
1965/08/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 276-77]
Tom WolfeKandy Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline BabyReturned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony's hospital. In a way it was trying, at least a test of..
1965/08/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 278]
Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli(I am frightened by the awful clarity of Anselm's argument in De Casu Diaboli. A view of liberty that is essen..
1965/08/10
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 278]
John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of ZenIn John Wu's Zen manuscript-this beautiful poem of Tung Shan. For whom have you stripped yourself of your gorg..
1965/08/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 278-79]
Catherine of SienaDialogo breve sulla consumata perfezione / Saint Catherine of Siena ; ed. di Aldo Buonomini"When you are serving others you are apt to be a hypocrite; but when you are serving heaven it is difficult to..
1965/08/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 279]
Philip Kapleauthree pillars of Zen : teaching, practice, and enlightenment / comp. & ed., with transl., introd. & notes, by Philip Kapleau ; forew. by Huston SmithYesterday, Father [William] Johnston, a Jesuit from Sophia University, Tokyo, was here, talking of Zen, Father..
1965/08/17
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 251]
John HeureuxQuick as DandelionsMany thanks for your note from Georgetown. I am glad you had such a good time. You deserve it, and I am sure i..
1965/08/21
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 282-83]
Gustaf WingrenMan and the Incarnation: A Study in the Biblical Theology of IrenaeusThe Chapter yesterday was not so bad. The day was a joyful one. A lot of gladness in the community, and most p..
1965/08/26
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 285]
Irenaeus of LyonAdversus HaeresesSuperb passage from Irenaeus (Adversus Haereses, IV XXXIX.2. col. 1110): "Si ergo opera Dei es.... etc. " ["If..
1965/08/28
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 286-87]
Gustaf WingrenMan and the Incarnation: A Study in the Biblical Theology of IrenaeusToday-finished Wingren's book on Irenaeus, which Brother Cuthbert had passed on to me. Some misleading theolog..
1965/08/31
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 147]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsI enclose a long article on existentialism which I did for The Critic ["The Other Side of Despair: Notes on Ch..
1965/0806
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 277]
Friedrich NietzscheBirth of Tragidy from the Spirit of MusicReturned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony's hospital. In a way it was trying, at least a test of..
1965/09/05
[Ltrs: CforT p. 45]
Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques MaritainIt has been a terribly long time since I have written to you or heard from you, and I am not sure whether or n..
1965/09/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 291]
Beryl SmalleyStudy of the Bible in the Middle AgesI am reading Beryl Smalley's Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. A very delightful book-in which for the fi..
1965/09/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 294]
Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple Souls"They have a good foundation," saith Love, "and high edification that resteth them of the things. Such creatu..
1965/09/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 299]
Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques MaritainLast evening began again reading parts of Maritain's Carnets de notes-good things on the layman and a plea to ..
1965/09/26
[Ltrs: CforT p. 46]
Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques MaritainI have been reading your Carnets [de notes] "¦ Everything you say is quite true & even prophetic. Our mania fo..
1965/09/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 300]
Michael HarringtonOther America: Poverty in the United StatesThe month began in rain and is ending in it-though there were a couple of long dry periods. A fine rainstorm w..
1965/10/03
[Ltrs: HGL p. 518-19]
Philip Kapleauthree pillars of Zen : teaching, practice, and enlightenment / comp. & ed., with transl., introd. & notes, by Philip Kapleau ; forew. by Huston SmithI was especially interested in your account of [your friends' involvement in] the session at Pendle Hill. Who ..
1965/10/03
[Ltrs: HGL p. 518]
Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and ThanksgivingsNow that I go to answer your letter I find that I have misplaced it, but I think most of the points are in my ..
1965/10/06
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 301]
Herbert Eduard ReadIcon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human ConsciousnessPicture of Galla Placidia in H[erbert] Read's book [Icon and Idea, 1964]. Byzantine Medallion of her, her son ..
1965/10/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 303]
Eric GillClothes: An Essay upon the Nature and Significance of the Natural and Artificial Integuments Worn by Men and WomenReading Isaac of Stella. Disappointed in Eric Gill's book on clothes [Clothes: An Essay upon the Nature and Si..
1965/10/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 302]
Herbert Eduard ReadIcon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human ConsciousnessI finished Read's Icon and Idea-Monday finished [Josef] Pieper In Tune with the World: [A Theory of Festivity,..
1965/10/13
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 302]
Josef PieperIn tune with the world : a theory of festivity / Josef Pieper ; transl. from the German by Richard and Clara WinstonI finished Read's Icon and Idea-Monday finished [Josef] Pieper In Tune with the World: [A Theory of Festivity,..
1965/10/14
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 303]
PlatoSymposium"When he comes toward the end he will suddenly perceive a beauty of wondrous natur"¦not fair in the likeness o..
1965/10/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 305]
John Joseph StoudtSunrise to Eternity: A Study in Jacob Boehme's Life and Thought[Jakob] Boehme-[Rainer Maria] Rilke. A new climate. Two people I have met in passing for years and never reall..
1965/10/18
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 305]
Rainer Maria RilkeDas Buch der BilderSo I share some of Rilke's fear and vulnerability, and it is true. "Der Nachbar" is certainly part of my own ..
1965/10/19
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 307]
Rainer Maria RilkeDas Buch der BilderWer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr, Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben, wird wachen, lese..
1965/10/30
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 310]
John (abbot) of FordWulfric of HaselburyBrother Alberic got (rare) copy of [John of] Ford's life of Wulfric of Haselbury [Wulfric of Haselbury, 1933] ..
1965/11/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 373]
John (abbot) of FordWulfric of HaselburyI am reading the life of an anchorite in Devon, or rather Somerset I think, St. Wulfric of Haselbury. It is wr..
1965/11/03
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 311]
Isaac of StellaSermonesThe comet! I heard about it yesterday in the monastery, went out to see it this morning, and went just at the ..
1965/11/04
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 311-12]
John (abbot) of FordWulfric of HaselburyTurned in Wulfric of Haselbury yesterday. There were fine things in it, and I want pictures of some of it. On ..
1965/11/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 61]
A.J. (Arthur John) ArberryKoran interpretedOn the other hand I am quite sure that at least one letter of mine must have gone astray. I am certain that I ..
1965/11/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 61]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuThere is great enthusiasm everywhere now over Teilhard de Chardin. I would be interested in your impression of..
1965/11/11
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 315]
Raïssa MaritainGrandes Amities: SouvenirsAt supper-read a few pages [in Les Grandes Amities: Souvenirs, reprinted 1965] of Raïssa Maritain on [Ernest] ..
1965/11/12
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 315]
Sacheverell SitwellMonks, Nuns and MonasteriesFinished [Sacheverell] Sitwell on Monks, Nuns and Monasteries and wrote a review for the Critic...
1965/11/15
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 316]
Rainer Maria RilkeNeue GedichteI continue with Rilke (and talked to novices of him yesterday)-often I can't stand his mental climate when it ..
1965/11/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 319]
Pablo NerudaResidence on EarthThis morning I really opened the door of the Duino Elegies and walked in (previously I have only peeked in thr..
1965/11/29
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 319]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderThis morning I really opened the door of the Duino Elegies and walked in (previously I have only peeked in thr..
1965/12/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 319-20]
Paul Evdokimovfemme et le salut du monde : etude d'anthropologie chretienne sur les charismes de la femme / Paul EvdokimovWhen I got up it was about thirty on the porch and now at dawn it is down to twenty-one. These are the coldest..
1965/12/01
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 319-20]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderWhen I got up it was about thirty on the porch and now at dawn it is down to twenty-one. These are the coldest..
1965/12/05
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 322]
Jacques EllulIllusion politiqueLast evening at supper I began [Jacques] Ellul's L'Illusion politique. It is some comfort to find someone who ..
1965/12/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 248]
Karl SternFlight from WomanAt the moment I am trying not to be an authority on everything, so I am becoming silent on a lot of things I s..
1965/12/18
[Ltrs: HGL p. 41]
Reza ArastehRumi the Persian: Rebirth in Creativity and LoveIt is a great pleasure for me to have your book on Rumi. I am reading it with great interest as I like the Suf..
1965/12/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 178]
Alfonso CortesCoplas del puebloI am very happy to have your new book of poems [Las coplas del pueblo (1965)], which without doubt will be one..
1965/12/24
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 111]
Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz JägerstätterThe Council says explicitly that it is good that there be legal provision made for those who object to modern ..
1965/12/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 327]
Edwin Arthur BurttIn Search of Philosophic UnderstandingI made my thanksgiving quietly, said Lauds and had a snack and some wine (the last of what Brother Clement gav..
1965/12/25
[Jnl 5 ('63-'65) p. 327]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderI made my thanksgiving quietly, said Lauds and had a snack and some wine (the last of what Brother Clement gav..
1965/12/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 41]
Reza ArastehFinal Integration in the Adult Personality: A Measure for PeaceI am interested in your book [Final Integration in the Adult Personality ], which I am sure will fill a great ..
1966/01/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 3]
Edwin Arthur BurttIn Search of Philosophic UnderstandingReading E. A. Burtt's book, sent by him from Cornell - and galleys of a good book on the Church trans[lated] f..
1966/01/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 3]
Eudo C. MasonRilke, Europe and the English-Speaking WorldReading E. A. Burtt's book, sent by him from Cornell - and galleys of a good book on the Church trans[lated] f..
1966/01/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 62]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinHymne de l'univers / Pierre Teilhard de Chardin"¦ If you have not sent The Phenomenon of Man, please do not send it as we have copies here. I have not read i..
1966/01/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 3]
Robert AdolfsGrave of God: Has the Church a Future?Reading E. A. Burtt's book, sent by him from Cornell - and galleys of a good book on the Church trans[lated] f..
1966/01/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 5]
Kitaro NishidaIntelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. and introd. by Robert Schinzinger in collaboration with I. Koyama and T. Kojima.Reading the [Robert] Schinzinger book of [Kitaro] Nishida's, [Intelligibility and the] Philosophy of Nothingne..
1966/01/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 17-18]
 Prajna paramita SutraIn the afternoon, musing on the Prajna paramita Sutra, out at the top of the hay field, really saw it (instead..
1966/01/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 441]
Kitaro NishidaIntelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. and introd. by Robert Schinzinger in collaboration with I. Koyama and T. Kojima.I was surprised and delighted to get the Shinzinger book on Nishida the other day, and am already well into it..
1966/01/12
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 6]
Kitaro NishidaIntelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. and introd. by Robert Schinzinger in collaboration with I. Koyama and T. Kojima.Great experience - reading Nishida's The Intelligible World. How like Evagrius, and yet better. Splendid view ..
1966/01/13
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 6]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderNishida throws much light on Rilke. He makes clear and explicit what Rilke was reaching for in the Duino Elegi..
1966/01/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 6-7]
 Rule for ReclusesA Rule for Recluses edited by Olgin in Antonianum came on interlibrary loan from St. Bona's [St. Bonaventure U..
1966/01/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 167]
Esther CáceresTiempo y abismoI was very happy to get your advent letter and your book Tiempo y abismo which I enjoyed thoroughly, your prai..
1966/01/15
[Ltrs: HGL p. 321]
Reza ArastehRumi the Persian: Rebirth in Creativity and LoveI was glad to get your note. You are right, I have not written for a long time, but I think of you and run int..
1966/01/16
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 7-8]
Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus / translated by J.B.L. LeishmanFinished Nishida's Intelligible World. As to the Sonnets to Orpheus - German text that came yesterday from the..
1966/01/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 228]
Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, KyYour piece on Cardenal's Gethsemani was very good. You are right that Cardenal is now this way and now that, d..
1966/01/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 228]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderDo you read [Rainer Maria] Rilke at all? Does he mean anything to you? I think you would like the Duino Elegie..
1966/01/17
[Ltrs: CforT p. 228]
Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus / translated by J.B.L. LeishmanDo you read [Rainer Maria] Rilke at all? Does he mean anything to you? I think you would like the Duino Elegie..
1966/01/18
[Ltrs: CforT p. 155]
Ernesto CardenalVida en El AmorWho is publishing your Vida en el amor? It is really excellent"”in some ways equal to Teilhard de Chardin even..
1966/01/24
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 11]
Ernesto CardenalVida en El AmorI took a short walk in the hollow behind the hermitage after dinner, then wrote a draft for a preface for Erne..
1966/01/24
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 11]
Kitaro NishidaIntelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. and introd. by Robert Schinzinger in collaboration with I. Koyama and T. Kojima.Finished Burtt and Nishida (Unity of Opposites). N. is certainly the one philosopher to whom I respond the mos..
1966/01/28
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 12]
Miguel de UnamunoAgonia del cristianismoI still read a lot of Rilke and Unamuno - with questions and reservations. They are often unsatisfactory in mu..
1966/01/28
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 12]
Rainer Maria RilkeNeue GedichteI still read a lot of Rilke and Unamuno - with questions and reservations. They are often unsatisfactory in mu..
1966/01/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 355]
Kitaro NishidaIntelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. and introd. by Robert Schinzinger in collaboration with I. Koyama and T. Kojima."The world where innumerable individuals, negating each other, are united, is one simple world which, negating..
1966/02/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 357]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderDistraction - from the illusory expectation of some fulfillment, which in the end is only a human loneliness. ..
1966/02/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 17]
Irenee HausherrS.J. Jean le Solitaire (pseudo Jean de Lycopolis), Dialogue sur l'Ame et les passions des hommesToday I have spent all this time on a discovery. "John the Solitary," a Syrian, whose Dialogue on the Soul an..
1966/02/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 18]
Rainer Maria RilkeBook of HoursTalked on Rilke in Chapter Room and read 3 poems from the Book of Hours - their merits and deficiencies...
1966/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 527]
Jean Pierre Caussade, deAbandonment ot Divine ProvidenceHave you ever read Caussades's Abandonment to Divine Providence? At times it is a bit overlogical, but still i..
1966/02/12
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 360]
Peter DamianWorks. 1853. S. Petri Damiani S.R.E. cardinalis episcopi ostiensis, ordinis s. Benedicti, e congregatione fontis-avellanæ : opera omnia : collecta primum ac argumentis et notationibus illustrat / Saint Peter Damian ; studio ac labore domni Constantini CajQui autem cellulam perpetuus incolit, ad stabilitatis praeconium de toto corporelinguam facit. [Whoever dwells..
1966/02/13
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 226]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderAs to Rilke - I know what you mean. He is a fine poet but I have grave reservations about him too. As prophet ..
1966/02/13
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 226]
Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus / translated by J.B.L. LeishmanAs to Rilke - I know what you mean. He is a fine poet but I have grave reservations about him too. As prophet ..
1966/02/13
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 226]
Victor HammerFragments for C.R.H.Not only do I like 'Pebbles' [note 198: "Pebbles was the working title that Victor used for a book that was su..
1966/02/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 20]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen SpenderRilke again. Rereading the II Elegy and [Romano] Guardini about it. It seems to me that Guardini, while right ..
1966/02/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 20]
Romano GuardiniRilke's 'Duino Elegies': An InterpretationRilke again. Rereading the II Elegy and [Romano] Guardini about it. It seems to me that Guardini, while right ..
1966/03/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 24]
Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young PoetToday, warm, grey, went down early for Mass, took a hot bath in the infirmary and got into secular clothes to ..
1966/03/05
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 24]
Chung-Yuan ChangCreativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and PoetryA fine book on Creativity and Tao by Chang Chung-Yuan from McGill. (Took so long to get here it is already due..
1966/03/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 260]
Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender"¦Liked everything you said about Rilke. The things you did not like about him were the things I thought you p..
1966/03/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 260]
Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet"¦Liked everything you said about Rilke. The things you did not like about him were the things I thought you p..
1966/03/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 260]
Rainer Maria RilkeNeue Gedichte"¦Liked everything you said about Rilke. The things you did not like about him were the things I thought you p..
1966/03/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 260]
Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus / translated by J.B.L. Leishman"¦Liked everything you said about Rilke. The things you did not like about him were the things I thought you p..
1966/03/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 30]
MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu KhantipaloRead some Angela of Foligno (I love her admirable, passionate fervor and honesty) and St. Thomas on the light ..
1966/03/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 31]
Abu al-Qasim Junayd ibn Muhammadlife, personality and writings of al-Junayd : a study of a third-ninth century mystic / Abu al-Qasim Junayd ibn Muhammad ; with an ed. and transl. of his writings by Ali Hassan Abdel-KaderBegan the book on [Abu'l Q sim] Junayd which Abdul Aziz sent - perhaps will take this to the hospital, but don..
1966/04/06
[Ltrs: HGL p. 375]
Johannes TaulerBook of the Poor in SpiritIn the hospital I have read a lot of Eckhart and am more and more convinced of his greatness. Before coming I ..
1966/04/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 38]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyThe best thing of all was lying reading Eckhart, or sitting up, when I finally could, copying sentences from t..
1966/04/22
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 234]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiMysticism : Christian and BuddhistMany thanks for the Pavese books. I am well into one of them and he is a marvelous writer. I returned Suzuki o..
1966/04/22
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 234]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyMany thanks for the Pavese books. I am well into one of them and he is a marvelous writer. I returned Suzuki o..
1966/04/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 43]
Ned O'GormanProphetic Voices: Ideas and Words of RevolutionCannot eat much, do not feel like work (writing). Am delaying work on the bits for Ned O'Gorman's book [Note 5..
1966/04/22
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 234]
Robert Stephen BriffaultMothers: the Matriarchal Theory of Social OriginsMany thanks for the Pavese books. I am well into one of them and he is a marvelous writer. I returned Suzuki o..
1966/04/24
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 44]
 DhammapadaToday - back to meditation on the Dhammapada - something sound to support me when everything else is quicksand..
1966/04/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 322]
Erich FrommHeart of Man: Its Genious for Good and EvilThe other day I finished your Heart of Man and found much good in this expansion of the former short work. [no..
1966/05/08
[Ltrs: CforT p. 262]
Matsuo BashoNarrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches / translated by Nobuyuki YuasaThanks for the books which came in yesterday. Have already begun the Bash which is just what I have been wanti..
1966/05/20
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 228]
Walker PercyLast GentlemanIf you have in the library Walker Percy's new novel The Last Gentleman - look at pages 26-28, a very funny com..
1966/05/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 67]
Walker PercyLast GentlemanIn the evening to get away from it, began reading Walker Percy's new novel [The Last Gentleman] and then final..
1966/06/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 75]
Anagarika Brahmacari GovindaFoundations of Tibetan Mysticism / pseudonym of Ernst Lothar HoffmanFinished [Idries] Shah on Sufism [The Sufis (New York, 1964)] the other day. Parts of its are good. Reading La..
1966/06/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 75]
Idries ShahSufis / Idries Shah ; introd. by Robert GravesFinished [Idries] Shah on Sufism [The Sufis (New York, 1964)] the other day. Parts of its are good. Reading La..
1966/06/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 84]
Robert C. TuckerPhilosophy and Myth in Karl MarxA good morning, cool and free. I can at least read again. Finished [Robert C.] Tucker's excellent book Philoso..
1966/06/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 84]
Søren KierkegaardSickness unto Death"The self is the relationship to oneself," Kierkegaard. But not prescinding to relationship to the other seen..
1966/06/16
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 85]
Albert Camusetranger : roman"Il n'etait pas mon père, il etait avec les autres [He was not my father, he was with theothers]," says Meurs..
1966/06/17
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 86]
Albert CamusMyth of SisyphusWent down to concelebrate early, then came back and spent the whole morning on a slow reading of The Myth of S..
1966/06/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 86]
Albert CamusMyth of SisyphusThe great and deliberate flaw in Camus - a flaw on which he insists - is the "ethic of quantity." Certainly t..
1966/06/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 86]
Albert CamuspesteThe great and deliberate flaw in Camus - a flaw on which he insists - is the "ethic of quantity." Certainly t..
1966/06/24
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 343]
Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik.Got up, and during my meditation (having killed an enormous centipede on the wall of the front room - would no..
1966/06/24
[Ltrs: SofC p. 308-09]
Ira ProgroffSymbolic & the Real: A New Psychological Approach to the Fuller Experience of Personal ExistenceDo you remember that some time ago you sent me a book of Ira Progoff, The Symbolic and the Real, and asked me ..
1966/06/25
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 88]
Eugenio MontaleOssi di SeppiaCame upon [Eugenio] Montale's magnificent poem on the sea of ancient wisdom, which sums up exactly my task. (A..
1966/06/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 91]
Hans Urs von BalthasarGloire et la croix. Vol 1: ApparitionI don't read German well enough to read Von Balthasar in the original, and in French he is fogged and confusin..
1966/06/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 91]
Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik.I don't read German well enough to read Von Balthasar in the original, and in French he is fogged and confusin..
1966/06/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 92]
Meister EckhartBeati pauperes spiritus. English. Meister Eckhart's sermon on Beati pauperes spiritu / (Eckhart von Hochheim) ; transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney"Blessed are the pure in heart who leave everything to God now as they did before theyever existed." Eckhart ..
1966/07/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 95-96]
Fyodor DostoyevskyIdiotBlazing hot yesterday afternoon - I found a good breeze at one of my favorite spots, the N.E. corner of St. Ed..
1966/07/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 95]
Thera NyanaponikaHeart of Buddhist MeditationBlazing hot yesterday afternoon - I found a good breeze at one of my favorite spots, the N.E. corner of St. Ed..
1966/07/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 98]
Fyodor DostoyevskyIdiotReading Dostoievsky's The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a world! And how he structures it, wit..
1966/07/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 98]
G. J. WarnockEnglish Philosophy since 1900Reading Dostoievsky's The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a world! And how he structures it, wit..
1966/07/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 97]
John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of ZenDifficult to work (at writing) and difficult to get anyone to do my typing since Bro. Dunstan Foretich left. Y..
1966/07/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 98]
Thera NyanaponikaHeart of Buddhist MeditationReading Dostoievsky's The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a world! And how he structures it, wit..
1966/07/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 98]
 Perfectae CaritatisRevising some notes on monastic life - read through the Council Decree Perfectae Caritatis ["Of perfect charit..
1966/07/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 99]
John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of ZenFinished the first draft for my preface to John Wu's book on Zen. It is a great relief to get this out of the ..
1966/07/25
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 101]
Albert Camushomme revolteAm going back to Camus' L'Homme revolte - and as with Sisyphus I now find I am ready for it...
1966/07/25
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 101]
Josef Luk HromadkaGospel for AtheistsYesterday my chapter talk was on [Josef Luk] Hromadka's Gospel for Atheists [Geneva, 1965] and today I read an..
1966/07/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 102]
Jean Paul SartreMotsAm reading Sartre's Les Mots, a curious, brilliant book, one of his best. An antiautobiography - the variety o..
1966/07/28
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 103]
William HamiltonRadical theology and the Death of God[William] Hamilton (God is dead) is less interesting than [Thomas J.J.] Altizer. Pedestrian optimism - Radical..
1966/07/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 103]
G. J. WarnockEnglish Philosophy since 1900Ludicrous chapter on Metaphysics in Warnock's English Philosophy Since 1900. True, there is no metaphysics in ..
1966/07/30
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 233]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyCan you help me with some more books? I have to review Edwin Muir's collected poems for Sewanee Review and I w..
1966/07/30
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 233]
Edwin MuirCollected PoemsCan you help me with some more books? I have to review Edwin Muir's collected poems for Sewanee Review and I w..
1966/07/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 105-06]
Edwin MuirEstate of PoetrySmall wonder that I have in these weeks walked in the world of folk-song and passion - the only one adequate f..
1966/07/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 107-08]
Edwin MuirEstate of PoetryI like Edwin Muir's Norton lectures on poetry - very good one on Yeats, and a lot of sense in his lecture on l..
1966/07/31
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 257]
Edwin MuirEstate of PoetryWe have had some nasty weather, very hot, but lately it has been much better. I am going along with work, main..
1966/07/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 105]
T.S. EliotSacred Wood[T. S.] Eliot's Sacred Wood remains a book of singular value, one of those books in which every sentence stops..
1966/08/00
[Ltrs: SofC p. 311]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyBy the way I am reviewing the collected poems of Edwin Muir, and incidentally reading his autobiography along ..
1966/08/00
[Ltrs: SofC p. 311]
Edwin MuirCollected PoemsBy the way I am reviewing the collected poems of Edwin Muir, and incidentally reading his autobiography along ..
1966/08/01
[Ltrs: HGL p. 376]
G. J. WarnockEnglish Philosophy since 1900I have a real repugnance for writing things that tell everyone specifically how to do something or other spiri..
1966/08/05
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 109]
William HamiltonRadical theology and the Death of GodThis morning I have finally really begun to dig the God is dead set. Wm. Hamilton's essay "Thursday's Child" ..
1966/08/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 111]
Herman HesseSteppenwolfThe independence of the Steppenwolf says H[ermann] Hesse, is really only a pseudoindependence. The autonomy of..
1966/08/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 113]
Johannes TaulerBook of the Poor in SpiritI walked out in a broad open field in the East Farm (Linton's) and watched the high cool clouds, and said alou..
1966/08/09
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 341]
Albert Camushomme revolteI am not clear in what "live and act like atheists" presents a difficulty. How does an atheist act? Well, the..
1966/08/13
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 113-14]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyYesterday my arm hurt so much I could hardly type a letter (to Dame M[arcella Van Bruyn] at Stanbrook and to [..
1966/08/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 114-15]
Eugenio MontaleSelected Poems / introduction by Glauco CambonI walked in the woods (D[erby] D[ay] place) for a while; read some bits in a selection of Protestant Mystics -..
1966/08/18
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 115-16]
Rene CharFureur et mystère / Rene Char ; pref. de Yves BergerHave had difficulties for some time with the verse of Rene Char - finding it impenetrable. Today I think I hav..
1966/08/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 52]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyDo you know Edwin Muir? You must have read some of his poems. I am sure you would like him very much"”you have..
1966/08/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 117]
Rene CharFureur et mystère / Rene Char ; pref. de Yves BergerYesterday - a fine sunny afternoon full of white and blue cumulous clouds. Went out tothe D[erby] D[ay] place ..
1966/08/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 118]
Cesare PaveseHarvesters / Translation from the Italian Paesi TuoiThe spell of Cesare Pavese, a novelist. Italian hill towns in the north or rather villages in the foothills of..
1966/08/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 118]
Cesare PaveseMoon and the Bonfires / Translation from the Italian La Luna e i FalôThe spell of Cesare Pavese, a novelist. Italian hill towns in the north or rather villages in the foothills of..
1966/08/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 106]
Konrad LorenzOn AggressionThanks very much indeed for sending me Konrad Lorenz's book On Aggression. I am enjoying it very much. It is a..
1966/08/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 119]
Albert CamusCarnets janvier 1942 - mars 1951 / Albert CamusCamus in Notebooks, planning a novel: " "¦ that void, that little hollow in her since they discovered each oth..
1966/09/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 120]
 Au coeur même de l'Eglise. Une recherche monastique: les frères de la Vierge des PauvresStill using P. Erwin's Directory for his Brothers of the Virgin of the Poor - Au coeur même de l'Eglise [At th..
1966/09/05
[Ltrs: CforT p. 248-49]
Samuel BeckettWaiting for GodotI am working on another longer series of short ones ["Edifying Cables," published as Cables to the Ace] which..
1966/09/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 130]
Paul KleeDiaries of Paul KleeIn the U. of L. library, read Sartre on bad faith (can use it - but oversubtle??). Then found the Bingham poet..
1966/09/13
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 257]
Douglas BushJohn Milton: A Sketch of His Life and Writings"¦ I have Douglas Bush's new book on Milton and like it. I think I will finally get back to some Milton and gi..
1966/09/13
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 133]
Marshall McLuhanUnderstanding media : the extensions of man / by Marshall McLuhanReading Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media. I think it is very important indeed for monks to go into this. C..
1966/09/17
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 134-35]
Albert CamusFall and Exile and the kingdom / Albert Camus ; transl. from the French Chute by Justin O'BrienReread Camus' "Renegad" and today the "Growing Stone." I wish to compare them. Nostalgia for primitive commu..
1966/09/17
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 135]
Rene CharFureur et mystère / Rene Char ; pref. de Yves BergerYesterday in the woods I read the whole of Rene Char Feuillets d'Hypnos [Leaves of Hypnos] - powerful, compres..
1966/09/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 137]
Jacques Maritainmimeographed conference in December 1964In the pile of things I have lying around waiting to be read, I picked out today the mimeographed conference o..
1966/09/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 498]
Dietrich BonhoefferEthicsThanks for your letter and for the essay on the Augustinian theology of sexuality which I liked very much. I d..
1966/09/21
[Ltrs: HGL p. 498]
Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from PrisonThanks for your letter and for the essay on the Augustinian theology of sexuality which I liked very much. I d..
1966/09/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 140]
Albert CamusMalentenduMy reading and study of Camus continues very fruitful. Have now read enough of him and on him so that everythi..
1966/09/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 141-42]
Julien GreenChaque homme dans sa NuitA letter came today from Julien Green - about my notes on Chaque homme dans sa Nuit. "Your remarks about my no..
1966/09/26
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 143-44]
Henri MontherlantVa jouer avec cette poussière; carnets 1958-1964In [Henri de] Montherlant's Va jouer avec cette poussière; carnets 1958-1964 [Paris, 1966] - a note on a mistr..
1966/09/26
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 143]
Michel MontaigneOn SolitudeIn the U. of L. - read Montaigne's "On Solitude." I usually find him a bit disappointing. This was nice writi..
1966/10/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 144-45]
Douglas BushJohn Milton: A Sketch of His Life and WritingsHave finished Douglas Bush's excellent little book on Milton [John Milton: A Sketch of His Life and Writings (..
1966/10/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 229]
Edwin MuirAutobiographyHere is uncorrected bit on Muir, thought you would like it. His literary essays are very fine and as a poet I ..
1966/10/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 317]
Gabriela MistralMotivos de San Francisco : poems en prosa / por Gabriela Mistral ; seleccion y prologo de Cesar Diaz-Munoz CormatchesToday, feast of St. Francis, I am reading a book you would like and ought to have there: Motivos de San Franci..
1966/10/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 145-46]
Karl RahnerThe Dynamic Element in the Church (Quaestiones Disputatae)"If we had real humility and goodness we would see far more marvels of goodness in the Church. But because we ..
1966/10/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 146]
Karl RahnerThe Dynamic Element in the Church (Quaestiones Disputatae)K. Rahner shows why the Church is justified in being suspicious of those who claim charismatic privileges: "Sh..
1966/10/13
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 148]
Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps presentOn the evening of the 6th - Jacques Maritain, John H. Griffin, Penn Jones and Babeth Manual arrived. A wonderf..
1966/10/13
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 148]
Penn JonesForgive My Grieve: A Critical Review of the Warren Commission Report on the Assasination of President John F. KennedyPenn Jones has been working on the Warren Commission report and his book [Forgive My Grief: A Critical Review ..
1966/10/14
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 149-50]
Albert Camusetranger : romanThe letter preface to an American school edition, L'Etranger (preface of Camus himself) has things to say on t..
1966/10/16
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 150]
Albert CamusCarnets janvier 1942 - mars 1951 / Albert CamusThree small harlequins - two sweetgums and a maple - stand bright against the dark background of pine and ceda..
1966/10/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 151]
Thich Nhat HanhVietnam: Lotus in a Sea of FireFinished a preface to Nhat Hanh's new book [Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, 1967], which is clear and interes..
1966/10/28
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 152]
Francois Rene ChateaubriandVie de RanceReading Chateaubriand's life of Rance. This too is a fascinating work of art. Beautiful in its aberrations. A ..
1966/10/29
[Ltrs: CforT p. 48]
Francois Rene ChateaubriandVie de RanceI am reading Chateaubriand's Vie de Rance for the first time. It is an extraordinary piece of writing, constan..
1966/10/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 154]
Albert CamusEtat de siègeAm reading Camus's L'Etat de siège [State of Siege]. The whole Plague theme is one of the best and most powerf..
1966/10/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 154]
Albert CamusMalentenduAm reading Camus's L'Etat de siège [State of Siege]. The whole Plague theme is one of the best and most powerf..
1966/11/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 155]
Albert CamusEtat de siègeFinished reading Camus's L'Etat de siège. It is really lamentable. A disaster. It began OK, and the idea is go..
1966/11/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 155]
Ulrich MauserChrist in the WildernessThe wilderness theme in the Bible. Am reading a good book on it by Ulrich Mauser [Christ in the Wilderness (Lo..
1966/11/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 156]
Antonin ArtaudOeuvres complètesI went down in the dark and snow to say my three masses early (others are not saying the 3 Masses anymore - a ..
1966/11/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 157]
John MiltonParadise LostIn these circumstances, readings on Paradise Lost have been deeply moving and magnificent. At times I have fel..
1966/11/05
[Ltrs: SofC p. 319]
Pablo NerudaResidence on EarthJust want to take up a couple of points from your letter, for which many thanks. Certainly I know [Pablo] Neru..
1966/11/10
[Ltrs: CforT p. 264]
Antonin ArtaudOeuvres complètesI like very much your piece on [Carl Theodor] Dreyer's St. Joan [the film La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc]"”not hav..
1966/11/10
[Ltrs: CforT p. 264]
Rene CharFureur et mystère / Rene Char ; pref. de Yves BergerI like very much your piece on [Carl Theodor] Dreyer's St. Joan [the film La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc]"”not hav..
1966/11/11
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 158]
George H. WilliamsWilderness and the Paradise in Christian ThoughtThis morning began reading a fine book of George Williams (Harvard), Wilderness and Paradise in Christian Thou..
1966/11/12
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 159]
T.S. EliotOn Poetry and PoetsEliot's essay "What Is a Classic?" is short, brilliant and absurd. His definition of a Classic is solidly use..
1966/11/14
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 161]
Nathalie SarrautePortrait d'un inconnu : roman / Nathalie Sarraute ; pref. de J.-P. SartreDelight. Nathalie Sarraute. Finally reading Portrait d'un inconnu [Portrait of a Man Unknown] which has been l..
1966/11/16
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 161]
George H. WilliamsWilderness and the Paradise in Christian ThoughtGreat richness for me of the Williams book on Wilderness. So many new areas open up.Material on the American p..
1966/11/18
[Ltrs: SofC p. 322]
Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laîc s'interroge à propos du temps presentJacques Maritain was here in October and we had a fine visit. He is very much a hermit now, and his latest boo..
1966/11/18
[Ltrs: SofC p. 321]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Chances de la spiritualite occidentaleYesterday your Chances de la Spiritualite Occidentale arrived and I want to thank you very much for it. Though..
1966/12/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 165]
William FauknerGo Down MosesEarly morning - reading Faulkner's The Bear. Glad the time has come for me to read this. Shattering, cleansing..
1966/12/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 166]
Nathalie SarrautePortrait d'un inconnu : roman / Nathalie Sarraute ; pref. de J.-P. SartreWhat a contrast between Faulkner and Sarraute. The clever aridity of the Frenchwoman and the passionate myths ..
1966/12/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 344]
Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez (ed.)Letters from MississippiThe book Letters from Mississippi [edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez] has reached me and I am reading it..
1966/12/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 166]
William FauknerGo Down MosesWhat a contrast between Faulkner and Sarraute. The clever aridity of the Frenchwoman and the passionate myths ..
1966/12/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 166]
William FauknerGo Down MosesGreat appetite for Faulkner now. The Bear can be read as a perfect tract on the monastic vocation, i.e. especi..
1966/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 435-36]
Abraham Joshua HeschelInsecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human ExistenceI have still to thank you for a couple of books of yours which came in during the past months. I appreciate th..
1966/12/14
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 168]
William FauknerGo Down MosesI am still reading Faulkner. Nothing impresses me as much as The Bear. I suppose I need to get Light in August..
1966/12/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 173-74]
William FaulknerWild PalmsRinzai and another tremendous bout with Faulkner [The Wild Palms] - this time the convict and the woman and th..
1966/12/25
[Ltrs: HGL p. 477]
Chogyam TrungpaBorn in TibetMany thanks for the book Born in Tibet. I have already read your excellent preface, which faces the problems c..
1966/12/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 175]
Augustin Hideshi KishiSpiritual consciousness in Zen from a Thomistic theological point of viewFinished Fr. [Augustin] Kishi's book on Zen and St. Thomas [Spiritual Consciousness in Zen from a Thomistic Th..
1966/12/29
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 175]
William FaulknerSartoris / William Faulkner ; forew. by Robert Cantwell ; after. by Lawrance ThompsonIt is good to have accepted a man like Faulkner completely - then you can read and enjoy even an inferior book..
1966/12/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 175]
Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez (ed.)Letters from MississippiReading Letters from Mississippi - the SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] book [edited by Elizab..
1967/01/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 181]
Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez (ed.)Letters from MississippiWhile I was eating breakfast, read in Letters from Mississippi how the SNCC volunteers and the Negroes watched..
1967/01/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 182]
Joseph P. LyfordAirtight CageFinished [Joseph P.] Lyford's book - The Airtight Cage [New York, 1966] - a clear-cut and impassioned report o..
1967/01/07
[Ltrs: SofC p. 326]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Chances de la spiritualite occidentaleSome useful remarks on your subject have been made by Dom Jean Leclercq, O.S.B., in his book Chances de la Spi..
1967/01/10
[Ltrs: HGL p. 113]
Amiya Chandra ChakravartyTagore ReaderI am very grateful for your kind letter and for the other package of books. I am especially glad to have the o..
1967/01/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 185]
Loren EiseleyFirmament of TimeAnother "natural" for me - Loren Eiseley. Amiya Chakravarty spoke of him and sent two books, and Harcourt Bra..
1967/01/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 184]
Romano GuardiniPascal for Our TimePascal is my kind. The [Romano] Guardini work on him [Pascal for Our Time (New York, 1966)] is fine - one of G..
1967/01/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 210]
Giles Lytton StracheyEminent VictoriansI have just read a beautiful book by [Romano] Guardini on Pascal [Pascal for Our Time]: this same Pascal who s..
1967/01/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 210]
Romano GuardiniPascal for Our TimeI have just read a beautiful book by [Romano] Guardini on Pascal [Pascal for Our Time]: this same Pascal who s..
1967/01/22
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 96]
Romano GuardiniPascal for Our TimeI have in fact just been reading Romano Guardini's excellent little book on Pascal [Pascal for Our Time]. He a..
1967/01/24
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 187]
William FaulknerWild PalmsSunday was Septuagesima. I am giving talks on Faulkner still ("Old Man") and rereading the whole of Wild Palm..
1967/01/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 51]
Jean CocteauEnfants TerriblesEd Rice asked me to write an article on Fr. Pascal Bourgoint for Jubilee. I said I might be able to do this la..
1967/01/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 189]
Theodora KroeberIshi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North Americaam reading Ishi - which Doris Dana sent. A heartrending book about the last of the Yahi Indians - victims of g..
1967/02/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 191]
John Julius NorwichMount AthosYesterday it got cold in the afternoon. Rain, sleet, snow. I walked in the woods, came home, built a fire, mad..
1967/02/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 191]
Theodora KroeberIshi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North AmericaFinished Ishi. A moving book. The best and the worst in America comes out in it. The furious stupidity and vio..
1967/02/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 191]
William FaulknerEssays, Speeches and Public Letters / ed. James B. MeriwetherI picked up Faulkner's Essays, Speeches and Pub[lic] Letters [ed. James B. Meriwether (New York, 1965)] at the..
1967/02/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 193]
Irenee HausherrPenthos: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Christian EastYesterday (Sunday) was out in the woods - reading [Irenee] Hausherr's Penthos [Rome, 1944]. A nice sunny, quie..
1967/02/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 194]
Rosemary RuetherChurch Against ItselfSo Rosemary Ruether in her ms. [The Church Against Itself, 1967] on the Church which she has lent me. More or ..
1967/02/09
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 195-96]
Rosemary RuetherChurch Against ItselfReading Rosemary Ruether's ms. on the Church. One point she makes is completely convincing: when the "glory of..
1967/02/14
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 198]
Rosemary RuetherChurch Against ItselfFinishing the Ruether ms. Really a question of getting new bearings. The book is important - at least for me. ..
1967/02/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 200]
William FauknerGo Down MosesBack to Camus (I have a booklet to write on The Plague. Lee Belford at NYU asked for this). Am glad to get to ..
1967/02/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 201]
William FaulknerSound and the FuryBox of Faulkner books came yesterday from Random House. I began The Sound and the Fury, which I had never read..
1967/03/09
[Ltrs: HGL p. 504]
AthanasiusLife of AnthonyThis business of saying, as you do, that the monk is in the same boat with the Manichaean but just refuses, ou..
1967/03/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 204]
William Carlos WilliamsSelected EssaysReading W[illiam] C[arlos] Williams' Essays in the early morning - they are very informative. Back in the 30's..
1967/03/11
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 205-06]
Louis Zukofsky"A" 1-12Did I mention anywhere here Zukofsky's two letters. They were beautiful. He liked my revisions (at which I was..
1967/03/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 291]
Louis Zukofsky"A" 1-12And now to your books [Bottom: On Shakespeare; All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1958; "A" 1-12; "A" 9; a..
1967/03/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 291]
Louis ZukofskyBottom: On ShakespeareAnd now to your books [Bottom: On Shakespeare; All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1958; "A" 1-12; "A" 9; a..
1967/03/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 291]
Louis ZukofskyTest of PoetryAnd now to your books [Bottom: On Shakespeare; All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1958; "A" 1-12; "A" 9; a..
1967/03/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 291]
Louis ZukofskyThe Collected Short Poems,1923-1958And now to your books [Bottom: On Shakespeare; All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1958; "A" 1-12; "A" 9; a..
1967/03/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 346]
Dag HammarskjöldMarkingsThanks for your nice letter. I will give you what help I can. First of all, I have read Markings with great in..
1967/03/23
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 209]
Raymond J. NogardLord of the AbsurdThe new books that came in from Herder & Herder strike me more and more as superficial, contrived, thrown-toge..
1967/03/23
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 257]
William Carlos WilliamsSelected Essays"¦ I thought of you and your work on Marianne Moore the other day when I was reading some excellent stuff on h..
1967/03/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 164]
James W. DouglasNon-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and PeacePing Ferry sent me what is evidently a chapter of a new book of yours and I just want to say how much I have b..
1967/03/31
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 209]
William FaulknerSound and the FuryEaster Monday morning Pee Wee McGruder came up to finish work on the well digging. They put in the casing afte..
1967/04/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 211]
Albert CamuspesteDoing some notes on Camus' Plague - (background) for the booklet I am to write this summer...
1967/04/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 213]
Irenee HausherrSolitude et vie contemplative d'après l'HesychasmeHausherr brings out the fact that Athonite Hesychasm precisely bears on solitude and anachoresis as essential ..
1967/04/08
[Ltrs: HGL p. 111]
Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps presentAs for Maritain's book [Le Paysan de la Garonne, 1966], yes, I will speak to him about it. His criticism bears..
1967/04/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 218]
Johannes TaulerBook of the Poor in SpiritOn the other hand I know where my roots really are - in the mystical tradition, not in the active and anxious ..
1967/04/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 292]
Louis Zukofsky"A" 1-12The long Marxist section of "A" brought back the thirties as nothing else (though also a friend sent me a pic..
1967/04/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 292]
Louis ZukofskyBottom: On ShakespeareThe long Marxist section of "A" brought back the thirties as nothing else (though also a friend sent me a pic..
1967/04/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 221]
Pierre DommerguesSaul Bellow[Pierre] Dommergues' book [Saul Bellow (Paris, 1967)] came yesterday from Paris. Very interesting. I like the ..
1967/04/28
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 226]
Alex HaleyAutobiography of Malcolm XI am reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, which is an impressive book. Took it out into the sun in the wood..
1967/04/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 218-19]
Jerome RothenbergGorky PoemsVery good to get your letter and all the books: also your own ms. of Cuba poems (I'll return, you may need thi..
1967/05/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 226]
Eldridge CleaverSoul on IceReading [Frantz] Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth [New York, 1963]), Malcolm X and beginning Soul on Ice by El..
1967/05/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 226]
Franz FanonWretched of the EarthReading [Frantz] Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth [New York, 1963]), Malcolm X and beginning Soul [on Ice by E..
1967/05/04
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 227]
Franz FanonWretched of the EarthReading Fanon - and in contrast - stuff about Hippies in S.F. and an illuminating critique of Salinger by Mary..
1967/05/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 198]
Louis MassignonPeasant of the GaronneI am terribly sorry to hear of the sufferings AAL has had to go through. I will keep him and all his family in..
1967/05/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 228]
Albert CamuspesteVery curious. This morning I begin my work on Camus' Plague and last evening coming up from the monastery I fo..
1967/05/06
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 129]
Lewis MumfordMyth of the machine : technics and human developmentThanks for the Nips blasts. The enclosed will show that I am doing my own small part [a letter to The New York..
1967/05/06
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 229]
Michel FoucaultMadness and Civilization"Did not Diemerbroek know of people stricken with the plague who had been cured by music?" [Michel] Foucault...
1967/05/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 229]
Gerald SykeCool MillenniumIn the evening I began reading Gerald Syke's book The Cool Millennium [Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1967] - with whic..
1967/05/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 332]
Toshihiko IzutsuComparative Study of the Key Philosopical Concepts in Sufism and TaoismI am at present reading a most revealing book by a Japanese scholar, Toshihiko Izutsu, comparing the Sufi myst..
1967/05/12
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 332]
William Johnston S.J.Mysticism of the Cloud of UnknowingI am at present reading a most revealing book by a Japanese scholar, Toshihiko Izutsu, comparing the Sufi myst..
1967/05/14
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 235]
HieronymusVita Sancti Pauli EremitataeAs I have been asked to do a piece on Paul the Hermit,13 I reread Jerome's Vita today. A work of art, really. ..
1967/05/21
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 237]
George GamowThirty Years that shook Physics: The Story of Quantum PhysicsMy breakfast reading (which is supposed to be "light" and informative) is now a new book by [George] Gamow on..
1967/05/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 238]
Michel FoucaultMadness and CivilizationFinished Foucault Madness and Civilization - a really remarkable book. Not sure that I have got more than a te..
1967/05/27
[Ltrs: HGL p. 555]
John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of ZenRecently I heard from John Wu, Jr., but not from John Sr. I must write to him. I wish he could get a publisher..
1967/05/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 238]
Niels BlaedelHarmony and Unity: The Life of Niels BohrA beautiful May morning. Limpid clarity. Silence. Birds. Air thick with the sweetness of honeysuckle. Thank Go..
1967/05/27
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 238]
Toshihiko IzutsuComparative Study of the Key Philosopical Concepts in Sufism and TaoismA beautiful May morning. Limpid clarity. Silence. Birds. Air thick with the sweetness of honeysuckle. Thank Go..
1967/06/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 242]
Albert CamuspesteI sit here with a wind breaker on. It is dark. As far as I am concerned it was a good day - quiet. Began writi..
1967/06/01
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 242]
Ernst BenzEvolution and Christian hope : man's concept of the future from the early Fathers to Teilhard de Chardin / Ernst Benz ; transl. from the German by Heinz G. FrankI sit here with a wind breaker on. It is dark. As far as I am concerned it was a good day - quiet. Began writi..
1967/06/03
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 243-44]
Niels BlaedelHarmony and Unity: The Life of Niels BohrLast evening: eating sardines and drinking a couple of cans of Schlitz, and reading the life of Niels Bohr, I ..
1967/06/04
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 319]
Ernst BenzEvolution and Christian hope : man's concept of the future from the early Fathers to Teilhard de Chardin / Ernst Benz ; transl. from the German by Heinz G. FrankWhat really prompted me to write you today: I am reading a curious book called Evolution and Christian Hope by..
1967/06/09
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 246]
Franz KafkaCastleI am reading Kafka's Castle again - this time it hits me harder than before, for some reason. It so exactly de..
1967/06/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 247]
Henri Lubac, DeTeilhard de Chardin: The Man and His Meaning / transl. R. HagueStill have not read Teilhard de Chardin and really have no intention of doing so - though sometimes I pick up ..
1967/06/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 248]
Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps presentThen there is the ms. of the English translation of Maritain's Le Paysan de la Garonne. It is painful. I am so..
1967/06/10
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 247]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuStill have not read Teilhard de Chardin and really have no intention of doing so - though sometimes I pick up ..
1967/06/11
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 248-49]
Franz KafkaCastleThe Castle. A fantastically suggestive book for anyone living precisely the kind of "Castl" life I live. An i..
1967/06/12
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 249-50]
Franz KafkaCastleFinished The Castle except for the fragments at the end. This is I think the third time I have read it. Surpri..
1967/06/15
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 251]
Lewis MumfordMyth of the machine : technics and human developmentThe new Mumford book came today from HB&W and I began it. It seems to be excellent - and defies all the curren..
1967/06/16
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 14]
Eugen HerrigelZen and the Art of ArcheryFather Juenger sent me a nice letter and I must reply sometime. As to the Herrigel book on Zen: actually there..
1967/06/16
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 251]
Eugen HerrigelZen and the Art of ArcheryF. Juenger sent me a nice letter and I must reply some time. As to the Herrigel book on Zen: actually there ar..
1967/06/19
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 317]
Albert CamusMyth of SisyphusI finished Sisyphus in a hurry, bored with its systematic aridity. It is inconclusive even in the thought of C..
1967/06/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 135]
Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps presentI don't know how you are, but I am hoping you are well enough to read this and the enclosed and to give it a l..
1967/06/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 636]
Albert Camusetranger : romanFor me, the turning-on that fails abysmally with Beckett comes with Kafka. I discovered a lot of his little sh..
1967/06/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 636]
Franz Kafkatrial / by Franz KafkaFor me, the turning-on that fails abysmally with Beckett comes with Kafka. I discovered a lot of his little sh..
1967/06/22
[Ltrs: HGL p. 636]
Henri Lubac, DeTeilhard de Chardin: The Man and His Meaning / transl. R. HagueCommonweal has sent me the De Lubac book on Teilhard to review. I think it will move Teilhard a few blocks clo..
1967/06/23
[Ltrs: CforT p. 293-94]
Ronald JohnsonBook of the Green ManWhat I have just read and highly recommend: Ronald Johnson's lovely poem The Book of the Green Man "¦ It is re..
1967/06/25
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 254]
Henri Lubac, DeTeilhard de Chardin: The Man and His Meaning / transl. R. HagueI am reading De Lubac's book on Teilhard de C. - Commonweal has asked for a review. Maybe I should not have ac..
1967/06/25
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 254]
Ronald JohnsonBook of the Green ManDay before yesterday read Ronald Johnson's long poem The [Book of the] Green Man, which I think is one of the ..
1967/06/26
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 255]
Albert Camusetranger : romanImportance of really studying Kafka's Trial is dawning on me. First of all for work - comparison with Camus' S..
1967/06/26
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 255]
Franz Kafkatrial / by Franz KafkaImportance of really studying Kafka's Trial is dawning on me. First of all for work - comparison with Camus' S..
1967/06/30
[Ltrs: HGL p. 166]
James W. DouglasNon-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and PeaceI am returning the two chapters with thanks. The one on the Council is really first-rate, one of the best thin..
1967/07/03
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 136]
James KavanaughModern Priest Looks at His Outdated ChurchI hope you have not written to Anne Ford about sending me the galleys of your reader. I am very glad that she ..
1967/07/05
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 259]
Albert CamusActuelles I: Chroniques 1944-1948Also I am back reading Camus - Actuelles I and Kafka's Trial - and will keep working toward the Camus book I w..
1967/07/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 95]
Albert CamuspesteI wrote a pamphlet on Camus's Plague for Seabury Press and thought I'd dedicate it to you, so here is a copy o..
1967/07/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 310]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiZen and Japanese cultureSuzuki books: one of the best to start with is a big fancy book called Zen and Japanese Culture, and it ought ..
1967/07/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 310]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiZen and PsychoanalysisSuzuki books: one of the best to start with is a big fancy book called Zen and Japanese Culture, and it ought ..
1967/07/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 310]
Paul RepsZen flesh, Zen bones : a collection of Zen & pre-Zen writings / by Paul RepsSuzuki books: one of the best to start with is a big fancy book called Zen and Japanese Culture, and it ought ..
1967/07/20
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 267]
Albert CamusReflexions sur la guillotineI am working on Camus's Reflexions sur la guillotine [Reflections on the Guillotine] - a powerful and subtle p..
1967/07/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 282-83]
Janheinz JahnMuntu: African Culture and Western WorldIt is good news to hear you can perhaps use Bantu philosophy in your new book, which sounds like a very good i..
1967/07/20
[Ltrs: CforT p. 282-83]
Placide Tempelsphilosophie bantouIt is good news to hear you can perhaps use Bantu philosophy in your new book, which sounds like a very good i..
1967/07/27
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 253]
Victor HammerFragments for C.R.H.Victor's beautiful book - surelyhis most beautiful in every way - arrived this morning and I have spent the af..
1967/07/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 160]
Ernesto CardenalSalmosYesterday's copy of the German edition of your Psalms [English translation, The Psalms of Struggle and Liberat..
1967/08/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 272]
HanshanSurangama Sutra (Leng Yen Ching) / Chinese rendering by Master Paramiti of Central North India at Chih Chih Monastery, Canton, China, A. D. 705 ; commentary (abridged) by Ch'an Master Han Shan (1546-1623) ; transl. by Upasaka Lu K'uan Yü (Charles Luk)Evening. I sit up late again listening to crickets and frogs because I can't go to bed yet. I had to translate..
1967/08/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 271]
Joost Abraham Maurits MeerlooHomo MilitansReading [Joost] Meerloo's remarkable manuscript Homo Militans [Militant Man] (not yet published in English - h..
1967/08/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 532]
HanshanSurangama Sutra (Leng Yen Ching) / Chinese rendering by Master Paramiti of Central North India at Chih Chih Monastery, Canton, China, A. D. 705 ; commentary (abridged) by Ch'an Master Han Shan (1546-1623) ; transl. by Upasaka Lu K'uan Yü (Charles Luk)Have I yet thanked you for the Surangama Sutra? If not, I do now. It is a book of essential importance. Of cou..
1967/08/09
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 274]
Carl AmeryCapitulation: The Lesson of German CatholicismReading Carl Amery's excellent book on the German Church. Capitulation [New York, 1967]. Instructive for every..
1967/08/11
[Ltrs: CforT p. 107]
Albert CamuspesteI wonder if you would enjoy the little commentary on Camus's Plague that I wrote, in view of a pamphlet [Alber..
1967/08/11
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 275]
Carl AmeryCapitulation: The Lesson of German CatholicismFinished Carl Amery's Capitulation. One of the best things I had read on modern Catholicism as it is - in its ..
1967/08/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 206]
John Howard GriffinBlack Like MeI am looking for a photograph, taken by John Howard Griffin, the one who chemically changed the color of his s..
1967/08/14
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 82]
Laurens Post, van derDark Eye in Africa: Politics, PsychologyI read Laurens Van Der Post's book The Dark Eye in A. some years ago and was very impressed by it. He has many..
1967/08/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 281]
William FaulknerAs I lay dyingReading on "Bantu Prophets," i.e. the Nativistic Church split-offs in S. Africa. But above all Faulkner's As ..
1967/08/22
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 281]
William FaulknerLight in AugustReading on "Bantu Prophets," i.e. the Nativistic Church split-offs in S. Africa. But above all Faulkner's As ..
1967/08/24
[Ltrs: CforT p. 283]
Bengt SundklerBantu Prophets in South AfricaYou are much in my thoughts as I continue my explorations of Bantu ideas. I have on interlibrary loan an essen..
1967/08/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 283]
George OrwellPolitics and the English LanguageThe Church now being finished there is no more noise of machines from the monastery. The woods are once again ..
1967/09/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 285]
Claude Levi-StraussMythologiques IBegan Claude Levi-Strauss Mythologiques I yesterday. Very exacting. Real new and stimulating beginning after m..
1967/09/02
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 284-85]
Peter NabokovTwo Leggings: The Making of a Crow WarriorWalked barefoot in a mossy spot under oaks and pines reading a new book of which a review copy came today - Tw..
1967/09/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 174]
Rosemary HaughtonTransformation of ManYes, I like the Rosemary Haughton book [The Transformation of Man]. I think it will really help. You are right..
1967/09/18
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 292]
John Paddock (ed.)Ancient Oaxaca: Discoveries in Mexican Archeology and HistoryThis time, finished Two Leggings - a rather sad, futile sort of book. With all his striving for powerful visio..
1967/09/18
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 292]
Peter NabokovTwo Leggings: The Making of a Crow WarriorThis time, finished Two Leggings - a rather sad, futile sort of book. With all his striving for powerful visio..
1967/09/24
[Ltrs: HGL p. 234]
David JonesAnathemataThe David Jones Agenda is a real event and revelation. As I told you, I did not know him at all. This has me f..
1967/09/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 235]
David JonesAnathemataThe books arrived yesterday. It is sheer joy to get back into Finnegans Wake again after all these years. The ..
1967/09/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 235]
James JoyceFinnigans WakeThe books arrived yesterday. It is sheer joy to get back into Finnegans Wake again after all these years. The ..
1967/09/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 295]
Gaston BachelardPoetique de l'espaceI am beginning to get acquainted with G[aston] Bachelard (discovered him through David Kilburn at Birmingham U..
1967/09/30
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 295]
Gaston BachelardPsychanalyse de FeuI am beginning to get acquainted with G[aston] Bachelard (discovered him through David Kilburn at Birmingham U..
1967/10/01
[Ltrs: CforT p. 178]
Alfonso CortesPoema cotidianoI have received the package of your two latest books [Las puertas del pasatiempo and El poema cotidiano, both ..
1967/10/01
[Ltrs: CforT p. 178]
Alfonso Cortespuertas del pasatiempoI have received the package of your two latest books [Las puertas del pasatiempo and El poema cotidiano, both ..
1967/10/02
[Honorable p. 146-47]
Hugo M. Enomiya LasalleZen, Weg zu ErleuchtungI know the work of the Fathers you mention and have reviewed Fr. [H.M.] Enomiya[-Lasalle]'s book [Zen, Weg zur..
1967/10/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 299]
Claude Levi-Strausscru et le cuitI am really most excited by the sophistication, versatility, scope, horizons of Levi-Strauss. In Le Cru et le ..
1967/10/07
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 299]
Claude Levi-StraussPensee sauvageI am really most excited by the sophistication, versatility, scope, horizons of Levi-Strauss. In Le Cru et le ..
1967/10/08
[Jnl 6 ('66-'67) p. 300]
Claude Levi-StraussPensee sauvageCompared with L.-S., Bachelard is flaccid and uninteresting, except for occasional intuitions. Levi-Strauss is..
1967/10/18
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 3]
Leonard WoolfDownhill Alle the Way. An Autobiography of the Years 1919-1939Last evening at supper (wild rice, barbecued beans, knocked out my stomach) I read some of Leonard Woolf's Aut..
1967/10/28
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 6]
Nelson ReedCaste War of YucatanAm absorbed and excited by Nelson Reed's book on The Caste War in Yucatan. It clicks perfectly with what I hav..
1967/10/3
[Ltrs: HGL p. 166]
James W. DouglasNon-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and PeaceI am doubly sorry for having delayed about your chapter"”the last one ["Christians and the Stat"] ... This la..
1967/11/12
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 10]
Kenelm BurridgeMambu: A Melanesian MilleniumThe Burridge book (Mambu) is excellent..
1967/11/22
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 15]
Boris PasternakLetters to Georgian Friends / Translated by D. MagarshackPasternak's Georgian letters are good. Real love for his friends, and contagious enthusiasm about Tiflis, etc...
1967/11/22
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 14]
Hugo Rahner S.J.Man at PlayRain and mist all day for St. Cecilia [Feast day]. Hugo Rahner on the sacred dance in refectory. His book on M..
1967/11/25
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 15]
Claude Levi-StraussTristes tropiques / par C. Levi-StraussWith my meal I was reading Levi-Strauss's Tristes Tropiques. The most "literary" and readable of his books. H..
1967/11/28
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 18]
Dorothy EmmettNature of Metaphysical ThinkingToday my usual routine was turned upside down-lately I have been intellectually overfed and in the mornings I ..
1967/12/10
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 23]
John Lloyd StephensIncidents of Travel in YucatanDoris Dana sent the Stephens book on Travels in Yucatan and I began it. A fine work! Great reading...
1967/12/19
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 27]
Matsuo BashoNarrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches / translated by Nobuyuki YuasaReading Basho again. Deeply moved by the purity and beauty of his travel notes and Haiku. "All who have achiev..
1967/12/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 295]
Louis ZukofskyPrepositions: The Collected Critical Essays of Louis ZukofskyEven in the woods you cannot have quiet unless you determine not to have a shadow anymore and not to cast any...
1967/12/30
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 32]
George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the InhumanI have [James] Mooney's wonderful Ghost Dance book finally and am reading the new George Steiner book [Languag..
1967/12/30
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 32]
James MooneyGhost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890I have [James] Mooney's wonderful Ghost Dance book finally and am reading the new George Steiner book [Languag..
1968/01/04
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 32]
HomerIliad / Translated by Robert FitzgeraldYou shall not die in the bluegrass land of A"¦. rather the gods intend you for Elysion with golden Rhadamantho..
1968/01/05
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 34]
George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the InhumanGeorge Steiner's book Language and Silence is an important one and I can't read more than half a page without ..
1968/01/05
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 34]
William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat TurnerNat Turner is nothing but Styron's own complex loneliness as a Southern writer. A well-fashioned book, but lit..
1968/01/08
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 35]
Boris PasternakLetters to Georgian Friends / Translated by D. MagarshackI finished (Saturday and with additions yesterday) the short piece on Pasternak's Georgian Letters which Helen..
1968/01/08
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 35]
George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the InhumanGeorge Steiner on Marxist critics, etc. Still interesting, but not the best part of the book. Useful however...
1968/01/08
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 35]
William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat TurnerI finished (Saturday and with additions yesterday) the short piece on Pasternak's Georgian Letters which Helen..
1968/01/10
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 37]
Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from PrisonBonhoeffer says, "It is only when one sees the anger and wrath of God hanging like grim realities over the hea..
1968/01/10
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 37]
William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat TurnerYesterday I would have gone to town but it snowed, the roads were bad. I came back up and finished Nat Turner ..
1968/01/10
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 37]
William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat TurnerBonhoeffer says, "It is only when one sees the anger and wrath of God hanging like grim realities over the hea..
1968/01/11
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 39]
Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from PrisonBonhoeffer: "Who stands his ground? Only the man for whom the ultimate criterion is not hisreason, his princip..
1968/01/15
[Jnl 7 ('67-'68) p. 41]
David JonesAnathemataBetween ballots, the cloister full of people reading, I read long chunks of David Jones's Anathemata, somehow ..
1968/01/16
[Ltrs: HGL p. 66]