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Book Citations in Merton's Journals

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 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 Mertons 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.

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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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Journal#-PgDate (YMD)Author QuotedTitle QuotedCategoriesQuotation Excerpt
(link to full quote)
Vol. 1, p. 31939/05/02Aurelius AugustinusConfessions Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Saint Augustine's problems are everybody's, except he did not have a war to wo..
Vol. 1, p. 31939/05/02Marcus Tullius CiceroDe Oratore History-Antiquity
Art-Literature in general
Cicero, De Oratore, recommends stamping your foot during your speech. At least..
Vol. 1, p. 31939/05/02William WordsworthTrosachs Art-Poetry [John] Berryman is right about Wordsworth being a good poet. I read his sonnet..
Vol. 1, p. 41939/05/11Benedetto CroceFilosofia di G.B. Vico History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
I suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Sci..
Vol. 1, p. 41939/05/11James JoyceFinnigans Wake Art-Novels I suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Sci..
Vol. 1, p. 41939/05/11Giambattista VicoScienza Nuova History-Early modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
I suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Sci..
Vol. 1, p. 51939/05/12Robert BridgesMilton's prosody Art-Literature in general Last fall I worked hard and today I am up and working too - getting notes on B..
Vol. 1, p. 111939/05/30HerodotusHistories History-Antiquity Herodotus [Note 10: Merton was reading Herodotus’s Histories, the first great ..
Vol. 1, p. 151939/08/24Ezra PoundCulture Art-Novels Ezra Pound's new book Culture is perfectly lousy, his writing disgusting, his ..
Vol. 1, p. 211939/09/13Aurelius AugustinusConfessions Religion-Christianity general
Art-Literature in general
Because ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition lit..
Vol. 1, p. 211939/09/13Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensées, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western World Art-Literature in general
Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
A model sentence from Pascal. Maybe everyone who wants to write should, before..
Vol. 1, p. 211939/09/13Jean Jacques RousseauConfessions Humanities-Philosophy
History-Early modern times
Art-Literature in general
Because ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition lit..
Vol. 1, p. 221939/09/14A.O. BarnaboothJournal Intime. Art-Literature in general Two Quotations: 1 Valéry Larbaud - A.O. Barnabooth, Son Journal Intime, p.121 ..
Vol. 1, p. 221939/09/14Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensées, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western World Humanities-Philosophy
Art-Literature in general
2. Pascal - Pensées - VI.408. "Le mal est aisé, il y en a une infinité; le bie..
Vol. 1, p. 231939/09/14Thomas AquinasSumma Theologiae Religion-Christianity general
Art-Literature in general
Religion-Catholicism
The difference: Pascal considering man in the light of the fall, original sin,..
Vol. 1, p. 37-381939/10/01Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiques Art-Literature in general This Afternoon, read a few pages of Guillaume Apollinaire's Anecdotiques up i..
Vol. 1, p. 401939/10/04Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiques Art-Literature in general I did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and found it good. Also more of ..
Vol. 1, p. 401939/10/04George PeeleOld Wives Tale Art-Literature in general I did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and fount it good. Also more of ..
Vol. 1, p. 451939/10/09Dante AlighieriParadiso. English & Italian. The Paradiso of Dante Alighieri Art-Literature in general Began reading Dante's Paradiso today, out of Douglaston, after Mass. More sple..
Vol. 1, p. 511939/10/14Aurelius AugustinusConfessions Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Humanities-Philosophy
About prayer... The past and the future, not real. Only the present is real. I..
Vol. 1, p. 581939/10/16Aurelius AugustinusRefutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from entering Religious Life Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Monastic life
Saint Thomas, in the Opusculum XVII, "Refutation of the Pernicious Teaching of..
Vol. 1, p. 591939/10/16Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. Francis Religion-Catholicism On his [Dan Walsh] advice, after he had arranged an interview for me, I went t..
Vol. 1, p. 661939/10/22Jules LaforgueComplaintes Art-Poetry I think the best modern poetry is being written in France, has been for the la..
Vol. 1, p. 801939/10/31Aldous HuxleyThose barren leaves Art-Novels 39. “Siena mi fé, disfecemi Maremma.” [“Siena gave me life, Maremma took it aw..
Vol. 1, p. 841939/11/02Thomas AquinasDe Ente et Essentia Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Catholicism
The value of the distinction in De Ente et Essentia, cap. II, where Plato’s se..
Vol. 1, p. 861939/11/08T.S. EliotWaste Land Art-Novels Reading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my chil..
Vol. 1, p. 861939/11/08Ezra PoundLustra Art-Poetry Reading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my chil..
Vol. 1, p. 88-891939/11/19James JoyceFinnigans Wake Art-Novels Now look you: there have been three important things that have happened this y..
Vol. 1, p. 921939/11/20William SaroyanInhale and Exhale Art-Literature in general Today I bought Saroyan's Inhale and Exhale and opened it - very exciting and p..
Vol. 1, p. 921939/11/20James ThurberLife and Hard Times Art-Literature in general I have spent weeks telling my class to write out of their own experience: and ..
Vol. 1, p. 931939/11/21William SaroyanInhale and Exhale Art-Literature in general It is very interesting and exciting to read Saroyan and it is certain enough t..
Vol. 1, p. 971939/12/08Theresa of Avila O.C.D.Interior Castle Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Mysticism
Saint Theresa [of Avila] – The Interior Castle–says we must not dwell on selfk..
Vol. 1, p. 102-031939/12/14William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other Stories Art-Literature in general Whatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn’t apply to the Daring Young Man...
Vol. 1, p. 102-031939/12/14William SaroyanInhale and Exhale Art-Literature in general Whatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn’t apply to the Daring Young Man...
Vol. 1, p. 1041939/12/14Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C. Art-Poetry
Art-Literature in general
The books on my bed are Grierson’s Metaphysical Poets, Bossuet (whom I haven’t..
Vol. 1, p. 1061939/12/17Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias Art-Poetry Lorca is easily the best religious poet of this century. I wish I could stop t..
Vol. 1, p. 1081939/12/17William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other Stories Art-Literature in general To tell the class: important what a writer’s attitude towards life is. Cf. the..
Vol. 1, p. 1121939/12/18Aldous HuxleyThose barren leaves Art-Novels I have always had a prejudice against buying a book of short stories. I steere..
Vol. 1, p. 1211939/12/21Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C. Religion-Christianity general
Art-Poetry
I opened up Grierson’s Metaphysical Poets and saw on the page Donne’s “Nocturn..
Vol. 1, p. 1221940/01/04Henry Osborn TaylorMedieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
History-Middle ages
A New Year–it feels like a New Year: a new decade. In his book about The Medie..
Vol. 1, p. 1341940/01/13Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the Levant Religion-Monastic life
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
I have got Curzon’s Monasteries of the Levant from the Library and right away ..
Vol. 1, p. 1351940/01/13Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual Exercises Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Contemplation
I have been going through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Not givin..
Vol. 1, p. 1381940/01/14Aristotleworks of Aristotle / Aristotle ; transl. into English under the editorship of W.D. Ross Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
I guess if I want to I can work this down to the old familiar (to me) dilemma ..
Vol. 1, p. 1441940/01/24Wystan Hugh AudenOn the Frontier Art-Literature in general W. H. Auden’s trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements–par..
Vol. 1, p. 1441940/01/24Wystan Hugh AudenDance of Death Art-Literature in general W. H. Auden’s trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements–par..
Vol. 1, p. 1461940/01/25Francis Aidan GasquetEnglish Monastic Life Religion-Monastic life Gasquet’s English Monastic Life [Note 29: Abbot (Cardinal Francis Aidan) Gasqu..
Vol. 1, p. 1491940/02/13Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the Swan Art-Novels Reading Huxley’s new book–After Many a Summer and being very uncomfortable abo..
Vol. 1, p. 1501940/02/13Irwin EdmanCandle in the Dark: A Postscript to Despair Humanities-Philosophy
Art-Literature in general
Reading Maritain’s Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, st..
Vol. 1, p. 1501940/02/13Jacques Maritain - Introduction to Philosophy / Translated by E. I. WatkinIntroduction to Philosophy / Translated by E. I. Watkin - Foreword by Ralph McInerny Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Catholicism
Reading Maritain’s Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, st..
Vol. 1, p. 1531940/02/18Katherine Anne PorterPale Horse, Pale Rider Art-Novels I just picked up Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Ann Porter, and read the ..
Vol. 1, p. 1541940/03/19Graham GreeneBrighton Rock Art-Literature in general Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock is good all the way from the quotation on the fl..
Vol. 1, p. 159-601940/03/29Thomas Philip TerryTerry's Mexico Geography and Ethnology-Latin America There exists a figure in American literature who is a very interesting sort of..
Vol. 1, p. 1651940/04/00Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the Swan Art-Novels All that stuff, since Huxley made such a fool of himself in After Many a Summe..
Vol. 1, p. 1661940/04/00Thomas HardyJude the Obscure Art-Novels Another thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I ha..
Vol. 1, p. 1661940/04/00D.H. LawrenceSaint Mawr Art-Novels Another thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I ha..
Vol. 1, p. 1661940/04/00Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias Art-Poetry I admit freely that I looked at a couple of García Lorca’s poems, from the Poe..
Vol. 1, p. 1941940/04/00Philip TerryTerry's Guide to Cuba Geography and Ethnology-Latin America The canonazo (cannon shot) fired from Morro Castle at nine p.m. is the signal ..
Vol. 1, p. 2191940/05/21Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual Exercises Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
Going through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius...
Vol. 1, p. 2201940/05/21Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. Francis Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Most of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel th..
Vol. 1, p. 2201940/05/21Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Contemplation
History-Middle ages
Most of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel th..
Vol. 1, p. 2221940/05/26Gregorius the GreatHomiliae in Evangelia Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
“It shall happen to you for a testimony” (Luke, xxi. 13) and Saint Gregory the..
Vol. 1, p. 2241940/05/28Thomas MannThe Magic Mountain / translation from German Der Zauberberg Art-Novels I am in no mood to read [Thomas Mann’s] The Magic Mountain, which is the kind ..
Vol. 1, p. 238-391940/10/19William EmpsonSeven types of ambiguity / [by] William Empson Art-Literature in general Some of the errata listed in the English Edition of Seven Types of Ambiguity a..
Vol. 1, p. 240-411940/10/21BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
[After several quotations from S.Bonaventura commentaria in librum secuncum se..
Vol. 1, p. 2431940/10/26[no author]Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Art-Literature in general
History-Middle ages
read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight again today and it is one of the best boo..
Vol. 1, p. 247-481940/11/02BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
“Infinitum dicitur dupliciter, scilicet per privationem perfectionis; et sic m..
Vol. 1, p. 2501940/11/03John DonnePoems of John Donne / ed. H.J.C. Griesron Art-Poetry The other thing I have just understood for the first time is Donne’s Ecstasy. ..
Vol. 1, p. 250-511940/11/03Robert HerrickHesperides: or the Works both Humane and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. / British Poets, edited by F.J. Child Art-Poetry
History-Early modern times
Another thing: I am no longer sore at Herrick, or not as sore as I was. I thin..
Vol. 1, p. 2561940/11/13Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient Mariner Art-Poetry The first time I ever read the Ancient Mariner was in Saint Antonin, when I wa..
Vol. 1, p. 2591940/11/26Søren KierkegaardFear and Trembling Religion-Christianity general A week ago today I bought Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling at the Oxford Unive..
Vol. 1, p. 2621940/11/27Søren KierkegaardFear and Trembling Religion-Christianity general I have read more of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. Fr. Philotheus laughed u..
Vol. 1, p. 2751940/12/10BonaventuraItinerarium Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
For Saint Bonaventure there is no distinction between charity and sanctifying ..
Vol. 1, p. 2831941/01/02Léon BloyCelle qui pleure. Notre Dame de la Salette Religion-Contemplation Foolishly I talked about Bloy’s book Celle qui Pleure [She Who Weeps] and the ..
Vol. 1, p. 291-2951941/01/16Anselmus of CanterburyProslogion Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
[Eleven quotations of Saint Anselm Proslogion Cap. I, c. 226-236] d.d. januar..
Vol. 1, p. 2961941/01/18Léon BloyWoman Who Was Poor Art-Novels I will go back to reading the The Woman Who Was Poor. And the Woman Who Was Po..
Vol. 1, p. 3011941/02/04T.S. EliotWaste Land Art-Poetry This morning, sitting alone at a big empty table in the vasty hall of the caf’..
Vol. 1, p. 3041941/02/04Dante AlighieriInferno. English & Italian. The Inferno of Dante Alighieri Art-Literature in general But it is still the best epic poem, the best poem, I ever read – I mean the wh..
Vol. 1, p. 3051941/02/09Dylan Thomas18 Poems Art-Poetry I’ve got a book of poems by Dylan Thomas and I can’t put the book down. I read..
Vol. 1, p. 3071941/02/11BonaventuraItineris Mentis in Deum Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Long quotation of S. Bonaventura Itineris Mentis in Deo. Cap. II.7...
Vol. 1, p. 3081941/02/11Robert BridgesMilton's prosody Art-Literature in general That spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins..
Vol. 1, p. 3081941/02/11Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the Levant Religion-Christianity general
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
That spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins..
Vol. 1, p. 3081941/02/11E.M. ForsterPassage to India Geography and Ethnology-Asia That spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins..
Vol. 1, p. 3081941/02/11Richard HughesIn Hazard Art-Novels That spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins..
Vol. 1, p. 3171941/03/04Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe Art-Novels
History-Early modern times
Then tonight I read Robinson Crusoe and when he comes on the island I was knoc..
Vol. 1, p. 320-211941/03/11BonaventuraItineris Mentis in Deum Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Long quotations from S. Bonaventura Itin. Ment. in Deum. Cap III...
Vol. 1, p. 3281941/03/26BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Saint Bonaventure on the problem of the relation of the intellect, memory and ..
Vol. 1, p. 3371941/04/08Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo Deo Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Monastic life
S. BERNARDI DE DILIGENDO DEO. Causa diligendi Deum, Deus est; modus, sine modo..
Vol. 1, p. 3371941/04/08Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
And they must; that is part of His kindness: for if church windows and psalms ..
Vol. 1, p. 338-391941/04/09Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general “Write My words in thy heart, and think diligently on them; for they will be v..
Vol. 1, p. 3391941/04/09Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus BoethiusDe Consolatione Philosophiae Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
The process may take days–or years. We think we possess some idea; then, by a ..
Vol. 1, p. 342-4531941/04/10Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo Deo Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Mysticism
Several quotations from Bernard of Clairvaux. De Diligendo Deo..
Vol. 1, p. 3561941/04/18Étienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval Philosophy Humanities-Philosophy
History-Middle ages
Leaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], th..
Vol. 1, p. 3561941/04/18Evelyn WaughThey were still dancing Art-Literature in general
Geography and Ethnology-Africa
Leaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], th..
Vol. 1, p. 3571941/04/18Graham GreeneJourney without Maps Geography and Ethnology-Africa Difference between the First and Second Times I spent a few hours in Louisvill..
Vol. 1, p. 3601941/05/05Graham GreeneAnother Mexico Geography and Ethnology-Latin America Also I had just finished reading Greene’s book about Mexico. The one about Afr..
Vol. 1, p. 3641941/05/09P. MandonnetDante le Théologien. Introduction à l'intelligence de la Vie, des Oevres et de l'Art de Dante Alighieri History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Art-Literature in general
Then I was less happy reading Mandonnet’s “Dante le Theologien.” It makes you ..
Vol. 1, p. 3661941/05/14Étienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval Philosophy Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
History-Middle ages
An argument I had with Bill Fineran in the Gold Rail Bar, in 1936; I was attac..
Vol. 1, p. 3761941/06/21George Gordon CoultonFrom Saint Francis to Dante Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Art-Literature in general
I just refrained from heaving out the window the only book I’ve tried to read ..
Vol. 1, p. 3771941/06/26F.W. Bateson ed.Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature Art-Literature in general I am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge’s Guid..
Vol. 1, p. 3771941/06/26John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaén ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez Burgos Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
The other night I read some of Saint John of the Cross’ Cantico Espiritual whi..
Vol. 1, p. 3771941/06/26Isadore Gilbert MudgeGuide to Reference Books Art-Literature in general I am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge’s Guid..
Vol. 1, p. 3781941/07/06Jean CocteauGrand Écart Art-Novels Today I reread the scene where Jacques and Germaine quarrel over the stupid li..
Vol. 1, p. 3781941/06/26Graham GreeneAnother Mexico Geography and Ethnology-Latin America Right this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene’s book about Mexico is bett..
Vol. 1, p. 3781941/06/26Graham GreeneBrighton Rock Art-Novels Right this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene’s book about Mexico is bett..
Vol. 1, p. 3791941/07/13Etienne GilsonGod and Philosophy Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
“True metaphysics does not culminate in a concept, be it that of thought, of g..
Vol. 1, p. 3791941/07/06Federico Garcia LorcaAsí que pasen cinco años Art-Literature in general I also like Lorca’s “Asi que Pasen Cinco Anõs.” The rugby player, the child an..
Vol. 1, p. 3831941/08/04Edward LeenProgress through Mental Prayer Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
A cleric lends me Leen’s Progress through Mental Prayer which is pretty good...
Vol. 1, p. 385-861941/08/21Leon BloyInvendable. History-Modern times
Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
I am not as sore at religious as the Baroness [is]–or Leon Bloy. No reason why..
Vol. 1, p. 3861941/08/28Leon BloySalut par les Juifs Religion-Judaism
History-Modern times
“Les Juifs ne se convertiront que lorsque Jésus sera descendu de sa Croix, et ..
Vol. 1, p. 3891941/08/31Leon BloyDans les Ténèbres History-Modern times
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
“Entre l’homme, revêtu involontairement de sa liberté, et Dieu dépouillé volon..
Vol. 1, p. 3921941/09/01Damon RunyonDamon Runyon Omnibus Art-Literature in general I read Damon Runyon whom I never, until this, read. He is good because of his ..
Vol. 1, p. 394-4021941/09/02Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general Several quotations of De Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis in Latin with Eng..
Vol. 1, p. 4021941/09/05Leon BloyDans les Ténèbres History-Modern times
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
I just finished reading Bloy’s Dans le Tenebres. One of the things I liked bes..
Vol. 1, p. 4091941/09/18Leon BloyMon Journal Art-Literature in general Leon Bloy’s Vocation (in a letter–Mon Journal, p. 71.) “Pourquoi ne supposerie..
Vol. 1, p. 4101941/09/26Coventry PatmorePoems Art-Poetry In spite of a stupid, pompous, inanity stuck in the front of the Phoenix Libra..
Vol. 1, p. 4171941/09/30Aurelius AugustinusDe Beata Vita Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
Religion-Christianity general
Where did all the rest of the time go–? I taught two classes, corrected some p..
Vol. 1, p. 4171941/09/30Christopher DawsonProgress and Religion. A Historical Inquiry Religion-Christianity general Where did all the rest of the time go–? I taught two classes, corrected some p..
Vol. 1, p. 4171941/09/30Francis Aidan GasquetHenri VIII and the English Monasteries Religion-Monastic life
History-Early modern times
And yet I have done altogether too much sleeping with my face in a book–today ..
Vol. 1, p. 421-221941/10/03Aldous HuxleyGray Eminence Art-Novels It would not be true to say I got mad reading the review of Huxley’s new book ..
Vol. 1, p. 431-321941/10/08Henri GhéonSainte Thérèse de Lisieux Religion-Catholicism I have just read straight through Ghéon’s book about Saint Theresa of Lisieux ..
Vol. 1, p. 4331941/10/08Saint 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 Peers Religion-Mysticism But in any case, one thing is clear (while it is impossible to grasp the serio..
Vol. 1, p. 4341941/10/08Saint 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 Peers Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
The Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and the “Book ..
Vol. 1, p. 4341941/10/08Søren KierkegaardFear and Trembling Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Protestantism
The Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and the “Book ..
Vol. 1, p. 4351941/10/10[no author]Mabinogion Art-Literature in general
History-Middle ages
What is being talked about in the Mabinogion is more like Homer than Keats or ..
Vol. 1, p. 4351941/10/10Samuel Taylor ColeridgeKubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment Art-Poetry Coleridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Co..
Vol. 1, p. 4351941/10/10Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient Mariner Art-Poetry Coleridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Co..
Vol. 1, p. 4351941/10/10John KeatsEve of St. Agnes Art-Poetry Keats takes the content of his imagination and builds a fairy palace and invit..
Vol. 1, p. 4351941/10/10Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal Art-Literature in general I read in F. L. Lucas’ Decline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal a series of quot..
Vol. 1, p. 436-371941/10/11Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal Art-Literature in general “I like Blake often, but I like Hardy better.” This, which is not the best wri..
Vol. 1, p. 437-381941/10/12Ivor Armstrong RichardsColeridge on Imagination Art-Literature in general Whatever may be wrong with I. A. Richards’ notions of Coleridge on Imagination..
Vol. 1, p. 4481941/11/01Aldous HuxleyGray Eminence Art-Novels I have got Gray Eminence–which seems good so far. There, the big problem is th..
Vol. 1, p. 454-551941/11/27Aldous HuxleyEnds and Means Religion-Christianity general
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
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I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27Étienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval Philosophy Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young Man Religion-Christianity general
Art-Novels
I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27G.F. LaheyGerard Manley Hopkins Religion-Catholicism I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27Jacques MaritainArt and Scholasticism Religion-Christianity general
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I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27Evelyn UnderhillMysticism. Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness Religion-Contemplation
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I spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I..
Vol. 1, p. 4551941/11/27Léon WiegerBouddhisme chinois Religion-Buddhism I was reading about Hopkins’ conversion when I dropped the book and rushed out..
Vol. 1, p. 4561941/11/27Lewis MumfordCulture of Cities Humanities-Anthropology Or do I want to go to Gethsemani because it is a perfect society, even in the ..
Vol. 1, p. 4761941/11/09Charles BaudelaireFleurs du mal Art-Poetry
Religion-Christianity general
In all evil, there is something holy perverted. The dialectic between the good..
Vol. 1, p. 4811941/02/02Paul ValéryVariety Art-Poetry “In numerous minds is to be found the coexistence of faith and atheism, of ana..
Vol. 2, p. 181946/10/00Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Bénédictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello Religion-Mysticism
History-Middle ages
Father Timothy [Vander Vennet] remarked to us, in the course of a philosophy c..
Vol. 2, p. 311946/12/10Johannes Duns ScotusOpus Oxoniense Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
I have been reading Duns Scotus’s Oxoniense III, distinction 18, on Christ’s w..
Vol. 2, p. 361947/01/12Edmond MartèneVoyage Littéraire de Deux Bénédictins de la Congragation de Saint Maure / co-author Ursin Durand Religion-Monastic life
History-Early modern times
I am fascinated by [Edmond] Martène and [Ursin] Durand’s Voyage Littéraire de ..
Vol. 2, p. 421947/03/10[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Contemplation
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Tomorrow I begin the retreat. Yesterday I read a couple of chapters of The Clo..
Vol. 2, p. 431947/03/10Johannes Duns ScotusOpus Oxoniense Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Since being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa’s Way of ..
Vol. 2, p. 431947/03/10John of the CrossLiving Flame of Love Religion-Christianity general
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Since being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa’s Way of ..
Vol. 2, p. 431947/03/10Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derParadis Blanc Religion-Monastic life Since being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa’s Way of ..
Vol. 2, p. 431947/03/10Marie Michel PhiliponDoctrine Spirituelle de Soeur Elisabeth de La Trinité Religion-Christianity general
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Since being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa’s Way of ..
Vol. 2, p. 461947/03/13John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Mysticism
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St. John of the Cross’ Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn’..
Vol. 2, p. 461947/03/13John of the CrossLiving Flame of Love Religion-Mysticism
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St. John of the Cross’ Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn’..
Vol. 2, p. 501947/03/20John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Christianity general
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For the rest of my religious life I want with God’s help to dispose myself for..
Vol. 2, p. 531947/03/30John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Christianity general
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The visitation is in full swing. If I had kept my resolution about following t..
Vol. 2, p. 541947/03/30Godefroid BélorgeyPratique de l'oraison mentale. T1: Oraisons ordinaires. T2 Oraisons mystiques Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
There Dom Godefroid [Bélorgey]’s Chapters in the morning generally have someth..
Vol. 2, p. 691947/04/29un Religieux ChartreuxLa Vie Contemplative son Rôle apostolique Religion-Contemplation I read a little pamphlet from Parkminster on the contemplative, his place in t..
Vol. 2, p. 731947/05/14Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo Deo Religion-Monastic life
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I read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth cha..
Vol. 2, p. 731947/05/14Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones in Cantica Canticorum Religion-Christianity general
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I read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth cha..
Vol. 2, p. 761947/05/23[no author]Méditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'année. Three Volumes Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
From Parkminster came three volumes of Méditations Cartusiennes. I did not thi..
Vol. 2, p. 851947/06/19John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaén ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez Burgos Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
However, I see nothing for me to write that is not simply a song about His Lov..
Vol. 2, p. 861947/06/21[no author]Méditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'année. Three Volumes Religion-Contemplation In the four weeks since Pentecost I have found much valuable help in those lit..
Vol. 2, p. 981947/08/14Anselm DimierLa Sombre Trappe. Les légendes et la vérité Religion-Monastic life Anselme Dimier’s La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it prop..
Vol. 2, p. 981947/08/04Casimir GaillardinLes Trappistes, ou, L'ordre de Citeaux au XIX siècle: l'histoire de la Trappe depuis sa fondatione jusque'à nos jours Religion-Monastic life Anselme Dimier’s La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it prop..
Vol. 2, p. 1041947/08/31William of St. ThierryExpositio Altera in Cantica Religion-Monastic life I thought for a moment, and with nostalgia, of the old days when I got so much..
Vol. 2, p. 1051947/09/07Paul ClaudelConnaisance de l'Est Art-Poetry Paul Claudel’s verse bores me but his poetic prose about the Orient is wonderf..
Vol. 2, p. 1051947/09/07Guigo IMeditations Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
I don’t think as much of Guigo I’s Meditations as I once thought I might. Very..
Vol. 2, p. 1111947/09/14BonaventuraItinerarium Religion-Contemplation The Feast of his Stigmatization coincides for us with the transferred Feast of..
Vol. 2, p. 1251947/10/16Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and Poetry Art-Poetry Laughlin sent Patrice de la Tour du Pin’s Dedicated Life and Poetry [which app..
Vol. 2, p. 1271947/10/19Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and Poetry Art-Poetry I have tried again to read Patrice de la Tour du Pin and sometimes find him ve..
Vol. 2, p. 1281947/10/26[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Mysticism
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Religion-Contemplation
The only thing that gave me any relief today was when I looked in The Cloud of..
Vol. 2, p. 1301947/11/06Deodat Basly, deDeux grandes écoles catholiques de B. Duns Scot et de S. Thomas Religion-Catholicism
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Humanities-Philosophy
The last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ..
Vol. 2, p. 1301947/11/06Frederick William FaberGrowth in Holiness Religion-Catholicism
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The last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ..
Vol. 2, p. 1311947/11/10Johannes Duns ScotusOpus Oxoniense Religion-Catholicism
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For the first time I really saw into something of the import of the Mystery of..
Vol. 2, p. 1401947/11/30Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Bénédictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello Religion-Mysticism
Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Catholicism
The day before the retreat began, two volumes of the Wisques translation (Fren..
Vol. 2, p. 1461947/12/16Johannes Duns ScotusReportationes Parisiensis / o.f.m. Religion-Catholicism
History-Middle ages
Reading Duns Scotus’ Reportationes III on the Incarnation...
Vol. 2, p. 1461947/12/16Robert LowellLord Weary's Castle Art-Poetry Yesterday Lord Weary’s Castle by Robert Lowell came and it is terrific. Harcou..
Vol. 2, p. 1481947/12/21Léon BloyWoman Who Was Poor Art-Novels The Church at Bricquebec was remodeled by an architect, a converted Communist...
Vol. 2, p. 1671948/02/12Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Bénédictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello Religion-Mysticism
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But, on the other hand, I read Ruysbroeck with joy, all about immediate contac..
Vol. 2, p. 1701948/02/21Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo Deo Religion-Christianity general
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The Lenten Book (De Diligendo Deo) is, from the point of view of my own intere..
Vol. 2, p. 1711948/02/21[no author]Exordium Magnum Cisterciensae Religion-Monastic life This week I don’t think de Rancé was as bad as people sometimes say. Reading t..
Vol. 2, p. 1721948/02/22Jean Berthold MahnOrdre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au milieu du XIIIe siécle (1098-1265) Religion-Monastic life
History-Middle ages
I looked at the new history by Jean Berthold Mahan [should be Jean Berthold Ma..
Vol. 2, p. 1751948/03/04Vital LehodeySaint Abandon Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Mysticism
Sunday night I got two hours’ sleep and Monday I was staggering around in a fo..
Vol. 2, p. 1751948/03/04Marbodus RedonensisOpuscula History-Middle ages
Art-Poetry
Yesterday I discovered that there were marvelous poets in the 12th century. I ..
Vol. 2, p. 1761948/03/04William of St. ThierrySpeculum Fidei Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Monastic life
Nos adoramus quod scimus. [We adore what we know.] I wonder if William of St. ..
Vol. 2, p. 1831948/03/14T.S. EliotFour Quartets Art-Poetry After dinner I sat here in the sun and read T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartet, or rat..
Vol. 2, p. 1911948/03/25Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: méditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine Sainte Religion-Christianity general One of the big graces of Holy Week came by surprise yesterday. External graces..
Vol. 2, p. 1941948/03/28Wilhelm SchamoniFace of the Saints Art-Visual
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In the library I lookesd at that marvelous book The Faces of the Saints [by Wi..
Vol. 2, p. 1981948/04/11John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Contemplation I read over St. John of the Cross’ Cautions, which were the things I had in mi..
Vol. 2, p. 1991948/04/25Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en France Religion-Monastic life
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The two volumes of Marcel Aubert on Cistercian architecture in France finally ..
Vol. 2, p. 2051948/05/13Matthias Joseph ScheebenMysteries of Christianity Religion-Catholicism I looked into [Matthias Joseph] Scheeben’s Mysteries of Christianity [St. Loui..
Vol. 2, p. 2061948/05/22Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en France Art-Visual
Art-General
I am reading the Aubert book on Cistercian Architecture, and it is fine. I thi..
Vol. 2, p. 206-061948/05/17Godefroid BélorgeyHumilité Bénédictine Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
But providentially Dom Godefroid Bélorgey’s new book, L’Humilité Bénédictine [..
Vol. 2, p. 2081948/05/30Giovanni PapiniLetters of Pope Celestine VI Religion-Catholicism Fr. Raymond lent me [Giovanni] Papini’s new book, The Letters of Pope Celestin..
Vol. 2, p. 2091948/05/30Godefroid BélorgeyHumilité Bénédictine Religion-Monastic life In Dom Godefroid’s book on humility I find out a lot about the real life and s..
Vol. 2, p. 2101948/06/06T.S. EliotFour Quartets Art-Poetry I wouldn’t mind being recognized as a poet if I really were a poet. But it giv..
Vol. 2, p. 2271948/08/22John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Contemplation Tomorrow we choose the one who is to lead us for a certain time to God, to mak..
Vol. 2, p. 2291948/09/06Robert Graves & Alan HodgesReader over Your Shoulder Art-Poetry One good thing. Evelyn Waugh sent me a fine book to help me to write better, T..
Vol. 2, p. 2301948/09/07David KnowlesReligious Orders in England Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
In Dom David Knowles’ new book (Religious Orders in England [volume I of 3, Ca..
Vol. 2, p. 2331948/09/20BonaventuraItinerarium Religion-Monastic life
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Day and night I think about St. Francis and about poverty as I re-read the sev..
Vol. 2, p. 2391948/10/19Gerald EllardChristian Life and Worship Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Catholicism
This morning I got the idea that perhaps I ought to be reading something about..
Vol. 2, p. 2401948/10/31John of the CrossObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa Teresa Religion-Contemplation Beautiful stuff in a Letter of St. John of the Cross to the Nuns of Beas (Cart..
Vol. 2, p. 2731949/01/29[no author]Rituel Propre de l'Abaye de Cisteaux Religion-Monastic life I was reading in the Rituel Propre de Cîteaux that at Cîteaux they read nothin..
Vol. 2, p. 2791949/02/09Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses méthodes Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Into the middle of all this came [Antonin] Sertillanges’ La Vie Intellectuelle..
Vol. 2, p. 2801949/02/13Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses méthodes Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Now—about La Vie Intellectuelle-it would be a nice feat to prove that it is no..
Vol. 2, p. 2811949/02/13Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses méthodes Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
On the other hand there could be a way of being humble and following Sertillan..
Vol. 2, p. 2831949/02/20Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses méthodes Art-Literature in general
Religion-Monastic life
More pages in Sertillanges that made me laugh—the ones about getting up in the..
Vol. 2, p. 2871949/03/06Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general Yesterday Seeds of Contemplation arrived and it is very handsome. The best job..
Vol. 2, p. 3021949/04/14Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. Corin Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
There are also a lot of good things in [Johannes] Tauler whom I like very much..
Vol. 2, p. 3061949/05/03David KnowlesReligious Orders in England Religion-Monastic life I remember also the fragments of information I have heard about Dom David Know..
Vol. 2, p. 3141949/05/23John of the CrossLiving Flame of Love Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Contemplation
I can’t read anything but St. John of the Cross. I opened The Living Flame at ..
Vol. 2, p. 3331949/07/10Jean-Baptiste PorionSainte Trinité et la Vie Intéreure Religion-Catholicism
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Dom Porion sent me a little book he wrote anonymously, La Sainte Trinité et la..
Vol. 2, p. 339-401949/07/21Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. Corin Religion-Contemplation
Humanities-Psychology
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I have found many good things in Hugeny’s Theological Introduction to his tran..
Vol. 2, p. 3441949/08/04Thomas AquinasSumma Theologiae Religion-Catholicism
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Humanities-Philosophy
The short Prologue of St. Thomas to his Summa Theologiae is a very beautiful p..
Vol. 2, p. 345-461949/08/05Thomas AquinasCommentary on the Gospel of St. John Religion-Catholicism
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I find an interesting passage in St. Thomas’ commentary on St. John, Chapter I..
Vol. 2, p. 3531949/08/11Paul Philippe O.P.Très Sainte Vierge et le Sacerdoce Religion-Catholicism To my great joy, Fr. Paul Philippe’s book, La Très Sainte Vierge et le Sacerdo..
Vol. 2, p. 3571949/08/19L.C. FillionStudy of the Bible Religion-Christianity general [Louis Claude] Fillion, a Scripture scholar whom I am appointed to read, encou..
Vol. 2, p. 3591949/08/22Aurelius AugustinusExposition on the Book of Psalms Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
And I was turning over in my mind some sentences from St. Augustine’s commenta..
Vol. 2, p. 3601949/08/22L.C. FillionStudy of the Bible Religion-Christianity general My friend, the Abbé Fillion, has written a book that is in some ways strange. ..
Vol. 2, p. 3621949/08/26L.C. FillionStudy of the Bible Religion-Christianity general My pious Abbé Fillion suggests that, when we are stumped and cannot find out t..
Vol. 2, p. 3671949/09/13John ChapmanSpiritual Letters Religion-Christianity general I find consoling lines here and there in Dom Chapman’s Spiritual Letters [The ..
Vol. 2, p. 3731949/11/25Gregory of NyssaDe vita Moysis Religion-Christianity general
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In the refectory we are reading Exodus and I have discovered St. Gregory of Ny..
Vol. 2, p. 3741949/12/03Kenneth PatchenDark Kingdom Art-Poetry Kenneth Patchen’s “For losing her love all would I profane” struck me with gre..
Vol. 2, p. 3751949/12/06John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaén ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez Burgos Religion-Contemplation
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There is supposed to be a special group coming to the vault after Benediction ..
Vol. 2, p. 3771949/12/10Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Art-Poetry I am abashed by the real solitude of Rilke which I admire, knowing, however, i..
Vol. 2, p. 3801949/12/17John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaén ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez Burgos Religion-Contemplation
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Walking back from the barns in the warm sun on the muddy road between the orch..
Vol. 2, p. 380-811949/12/20Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Art-Poetry Rilke’s Notebooks have so much power in them that they make me wonder why no o..
Vol. 2, p. 3841949/12/23Aurelius AugustinusCity of God Religion-Christianity general
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St. Augustine, of Adam in Eden: vivebat fruens Deo, ex quo bono erat bonus [He..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Mysticism
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I like Kenneth Patchen’s Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond inte..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Graham GreeneHeart of the Matter Art-Novels I like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain’s Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Art-Novels I like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain’s Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Kenneth PatchenDark Kingdom Art-Poetry I like Kenneth Patchen’s Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond inte..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Dom Alexis PresseBéla Just: Les Illuminés Art-Novels I like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain’s Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Evelyn WaughBrideshead Revisited Art-Novels I like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain’s Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1..
Vol. 2, p. 3901949/12/30Evelyn WaughLoved One Art-Novels I like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain’s Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1..
Vol. 2, p. 3911949/12/31Henri Watson FowlerDictionary of Modern English Usage Art-Literature in general Evelyn Waugh got Burns, of Hollis and Carter, to send me a copy of Ward Fowler..
Vol. 2, p. 3921950/01/03Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Art-Novels There is a beautiful passage on manual labor in La Mort de Jean Madec. It tell..
Vol. 2, p. 396-971950/01/09Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Art-Novels Reading the sixth chapter of La Mort de Jean Madec-where Blaise is summoned be..
Vol. 2, p. 3991950/01/12Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Art-Novels
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La Mort de Jean Madec is a magnificent tract against angelism. It is a tract o..
Vol. 2, p. 4011950/01/21Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de Diversis Religion-Christianity general
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St. Bernard’s Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by acciden..
Vol. 2, p. 4011950/01/21Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Art-Novels
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St. Bernard’s Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by acciden..
Vol. 2, p. 4031950/01/27Bernardus of ClairvauxEpistolae Opera Omnia Religion-Christianity general
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The more I read St. Bernard and the Cistercian Fathers, the more I like them. ..
Vol. 2, p. 4041950/01/30[no author]Didachè Religion-Christianity general
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“Let grace come and let the world pass away. Hosanna to the Son of David.” The..
Vol. 2, p. 404-051950/01/31Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de Diversis Religion-Christianity general
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Hesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I cam..
Vol. 2, p. 404-051950/01/31John CassianJoannis Cassiani Opera omnia cum amplissimis commentariis Alardi Gazæi in hoc parisiensi editione, contra quam in lipsiensi, textui continenter ad majorem commoditatem lectoris subjacentibus Religion-Christianity general
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Hesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I cam..
Vol. 2, p. 4041950/01/30Brice ParainMort de Jean Madec Religion-Christianity general
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The Greeks say that interior silence is not perfect unless it is centered upon..
Vol. 2, p. 4111950/02/23T.S. EliotFour Quartets Art-Poetry I came out of choir yesterday morning after the distribution of the ashes and ..
Vol. 2, p. 4131950/03/01[no author]Song of Roland Art-Literature in general
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So [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infin..
Vol. 2, p. 4131950/03/01HomerIliad / Translated by Robert Fitzgerald Art-Literature in general
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So [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infin..
Vol. 2, p. 4291950/04/08Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: méditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine Sainte Religion-Christianity general
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Louis Bouyer has a marvelous chapter on the connection between the Resurrectio..
Vol. 2, p. 4351950/10/10Pierre EmmanuelQui est cet homme? Art-Literature in general There are times when ten pages of some book fall under your eye just at the mo..
Vol. 2, p. 4441950/12/03John of the CrossPrecautions Religion-Contemplation I am haunted by the Cautelas of St. John of the Cross. Especially the second, ..
Vol. 2, p. 4451950/12/06Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the Woods Art-Literature in general
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After those beautiful pages on morning and on being awake, Thoreau writes in h..
Vol. 2, p. 4461950/12/08Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the Woods Art-Literature in general
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Compare the basic asceticism in Walden with that of St. John of the Crossagree..
Vol. 2, p. 4521951/03/04Saint 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 Peers Religion-Contemplation
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Shall I re-read the bits in The Ascent of Mount Carmel about the memory? They ..
Vol. 2, p. 4541951/04/06Jean CayrolPoèmes de la nuit et du brouillard Art-Novels
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camps. When first arrested, they dreamt they had not been arrested but had esc..
Vol. 3, p. 101952/08/18Louis BouyerBible et l'Evangile. Le sens de l'Écriture: du Dieu qui parle au Dieu faite homme Religion-Christianity general Bouyer’s book Bible et évangile is brilliant but makes me nervous. Marmion nev..
Vol. 3, p. 291953/01/28Max PicardWorld of Silence Religion-Contemplation Fine ideas in Picard’s World of Silence. (A train of the old time sings in my ..
Vol. 3, p. 361953/02/24Marie-Eugène de l'Enfant Jésus, O.C.D.Je suis fille d'église Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Mysticism
Yesterday, began our Lenten book, Je suis fille d’église [I Am a Daughter of t..
Vol. 3, p. 471956/07/18Stephen SpenderCollected Poems Art-Poetry Spender’s Collected Poems–a most satisfying book. He has done a better job of ..
Vol. 3, p. 591956/07/29Diadochos of PhotikeCapita centum de perfectione spirituali Religion-Contemplation
History-Antiquity
Diadochos–“the abyss of faith boils if you examine it, but if you look upon it..
Vol. 3, p. 621956/08/03Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o Bogocheloviechestvie Religion-Orthodoxy FROM [VLADIMIR SERGEYEVICH] SOLOVIEV “The moral limit to the egoism of a given..
Vol. 3, p. 631956/08/07Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o Bogocheloviechestvie Religion-Orthodoxy Soloviev–The strength of a falsehood insists on the importance of a correspond..
Vol. 3, p. 641956/08/14Julien Hartridge GreenJournals Art-Literature in general Julien Green’s Journal has finally come to absorb me altogether in the sleepy ..
Vol. 3, p. 641956/08/14OrigenesTreatise on Prayer. Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
History-Antiquity
The Treatise on Prayer is the first thing of Origen’s that I have really liked..
Vol. 3, p. 651956/08/14Georges BernanosLast Essays of Georges Bernanos Art-Literature in general On top of this, [Georges] Bernanos’ Last Essays of which at least the last is ..
Vol. 3, p. 651956/08/14Julien Hartridge GreenJournals Art-Literature in general To be completely dependent on a country, on a city…for a moment I was annoyed ..
Vol. 3, p. 661956/08/17Emmanuel MounierPersonalism Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Catholicism
The toughness and integrity of Emmanuel Mounier [Note 7: Emmanuel Mounier (190..
Vol. 3, p. 68-691956/08/19Emmanuel MounierPersonalism Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Catholicism
Mounier says (in showing that the idea of person must be defined by the power ..
Vol. 3, p. 70-711956/08/20Emmanuel MounierPersonalism Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Contemplation
It is easy to say of every new idea one meets–“It is all in St. Bernard.” It i..
Vol. 3, p. 771956/09/01Helen WaddellWandering Scholars History-Middle ages
Art-Poetry
Religion-Monastic life
The Cistercians of the 12th. century were forbidden to write not only rhyming ..
Vol. 3, p. 841957/00/00Hans Urs von BalthasarPrésence et pensée. Essay sur la philosophie religieuse de Gregoire de Nysse Religion-Catholicism
Humanities-Philosophy
“Etrefidèle à la Tradition, ce n’est donc pas répéter et transmettre littérale..
Vol. 3, p. 861957/04/28Nikolai Berdiaevsens de la création : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; préf. de Stanislas Fumet Religion-Orthodoxy Yet one of Berdyaev’s greatest mistakes is to reject the Gospel as incomplete ..
Vol. 3, p. 871957/04/28Nikolai Berdiaevsens de la création : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; préf. de Stanislas Fumet Religion-Orthodoxy Berdyaev is demanding–as Blake demanded–that man should truly find his liberty..
Vol. 3, p. 881957/05/01Nikolai Berdiaevsens de la création : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; préf. de Stanislas Fumet Religion-Orthodoxy Berdyaev, who is always so ready to offend pious ears with statements that are..
Vol. 3, p. 881957/05/01Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon Art-Novels “Once, when the great ‘we’ still existed, we understood them as one had unders..
Vol. 3, p. 891957/05/13Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right' History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
“…a clan in radical chains, one of the classes of bourgeois society which does..
Vol. 3, p. 901957/05/13Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right' History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Judaism
Marx is, in some strange way, an heir of Ezechiel and Jeremias. Not that he is..
Vol. 3, p. 92-931957/05/28Nikolai Berdiaevsens de la création : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; préf. de Stanislas Fumet Religion-Orthodoxy Long quote from Berdyaev. Le sens de la tradition, 216-17 [W.E.: must probably..
Vol. 3, p. 941957/05/28Nikolai Berdiaevsens de la création : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; préf. de Stanislas Fumet Religion-Orthodoxy In Theophane Zatvornik, a Russian bishop of the 19th. century, the asceticism ..
Vol. 3, p. 951957/05/29Mikhail ZoshchenkoRussia Laughs Art-Novels Good writing and good art are coming to mean much in the salvation of Russia. ..
Vol. 3, p. 1011957/07/29Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovDu Verbe incarné : (Agnus Dei) / [par] Serge Boulgakof ; trad. du russe par Constantin Andronikof Religion-Orthodoxy Bulgakov’s explanation of his sophianology (Du verbe incarné, p. 16) seems to ..
Vol. 3, p. 1011957/07/29Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy Very important for the understanding of Bulgakov–the idea that the Divine Natu..
Vol. 3, p. 1021957/07/29Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy “La Sophia est le plerôme, le monde de Dieu existant en Dieu et pour Dieu, éte..
Vol. 3, p. 104-051957/08/02Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy “La Sophie est La Sagesse de Dieu, elle est la gloire de Dieu, est l’humanité ..
Vol. 3, p. 1071957/08/07Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy I think this morning I found the key to Bulgakov’s Sophianism. His idea is tha..
Vol. 3, p. 1081957/08/08Julien Hartridge GreenJournals Art-Literature in general Finally got the rest of Green’s Journals. Their climate is wonderful. I am rea..
Vol. 3, p. 1091957/08/10Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy Several quotes from Boulgakov's La Sagesse de Dieu, also on the next pages..
Vol. 3, p. 110-111957/08/10Ezra PoundHugh Selwyn Mauberley Art-Poetry The best of Pound is in Hugh Selwyn Mauberley... Sometimes as much like Ogden ..
Vol. 3, p. 1121957/08/14Publius Ovidius NasoMetamorphoses Art-Poetry Frankly, Ovid had terrible taste. Yet in the Metamorphoses there are some wond..
Vol. 3, p. 1151957/09/03Julien Hartridge GreenJournals Religion-Christianity general “La religion est mal comprise. Elle rend stupides ceux qui se veulent pieux af..
Vol. 3, p. 1161957/09/10Ludwig BemelmansDonkey inside Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Art-Literature in general
Religion-Zen
No easy generalizations about Job and Zen. Job is a big koan. So is everything..
Vol. 3, p. 1161957/09/10Saint 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 Peers Religion-Contemplation Went to Terrell Dickey about layouts for a postulant’s pamphlet... He kept kid..
Vol. 3, p. 1171957/09/13Dom Alexis PresseA l'école de St. Benoît Religion-Monastic life Dom Alexis Presse–“A l’école de St. Benoît” [“In the School of St. Benedict”] ..
Vol. 3, p. 1181957/09/15Saint 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 Peers Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Mysticism
A Series of sentence fragments from John of the Cross's The Ascent of Mount Ca..
Vol. 3, p. 1191957/09/15Saint 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 Peers Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
And this is what happens to people with a priori notions of what pleases God o..
Vol. 3, p. 120-211957/09/22Saint-John PerseExcile: and other Poems Art-Poetry I wonder if it is a sin against poverty to read the poems of St. John Perse. T..
Vol. 3, p. 121-221957/09/22Saint-John PerseExcile: and other Poems Art-Poetry Tremendous religious power and purity of St. John Perse’s Rain. Four lines lik..
Vol. 3, p. 124-251957/10/11Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism Religion-Catholicism “Whoever seeks Christ without the Church, putting his trust in his own insight..
Vol. 3, p. 1251957/10/13Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism Religion-Catholicism “The real root of every heresy is to be found not in the sphere of revelation ..
Vol. 3, p. 126-271957/10/22Tuesday Lobsang RampaThird Eye. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama Religion-Buddhism A thrilling and terrifying and fascinating book–The Third Eye by a Tibetan lam..
Vol. 3, p. 1261957/10/22Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ Religion-Christianity general Mirum est quod homo potest umquam perfecte in hac vita laetari, qui suum exili..
Vol. 3, p. 1281957/10/24Arthur KoestlerThieves in the Night Art-Novels
History-Modern times
Religion-Judaism
How can we sing the psalms, or understand them, if we are not Jews? Psallite s..
Vol. 3, p. 128-291957/10/5Arthur KoestlerThieves in the Night Art-Novels
History-Modern times
Religion-Judaism
The ending of Thieves in the Night is something of an anticlimax. A very usefu..
Vol. 3, p. 1291957/10/26James JoyceLetters of James Joyce Art-Literature in general “Ten years of my life have been consumed in correspondence and litigation abou..
Vol. 3, p. 1301957/10/26Georges BernanosDiary of a Country Priest Art-Novels
Religion-Catholicism
One reason why it is so hard to read Bernanos’ The Diary of a Country Priest i..
Vol. 3, p. 1311957/10/31Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism Religion-Catholicism “The man who does not in his heart protest against obvious baseness and does n..
Vol. 3, p. 1311957/10/30Arthur KoestlerThieves in the Night History-Modern times
Art-Novels
“The ‘People’ are regarded through the Socialist Bureaucracy’s eyes as a targe..
Vol. 3, p. 1331957/11/06Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism Religion-Catholicism Very satisfied with Karl Adam’s Scotist solution of the problem raised by Chri..
Vol. 3, p. 1341957/11/06Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism Religion-Catholicism
Humanities-Philosophy
“The history of philosophy is the history of human inquiry and human error, no..
Vol. 3, p. 1351957/11/12Jacques GuilletThèmes bibliques. Études sur l'expression et le dévelopement de la révélation Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
Necessity of the Bible. More and more of it. A book like Gillet’s Thèmes bibli..
Vol. 3, p. 1351957/11/11James JoyceLetters of James Joyce Art-Literature in general Joyce’s Letters (sent them back to Louisville today)–a very fine book. Especia..
Vol. 3, p. 1401957/11/17Bertolt BrechtMeasures Taken / Translated from German Die Massnahme Art-Literature in general
Social and Political-Communism
Quote from Bert Brecht Punitive Measure: “He who fights for communism must be ..
Vol. 3, p. 1401957/11/17Arthur KoestlerInvisable Writing History-Modern times
Art-Literature in general
“Their mentality (of party intellectuals in 1930s) was a caricature of the rev..
Vol. 3, p. 1411957/11/17Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon History-Modern times
Art-Novels
Social and Political-Communism
(From Darkness at Noon) “The Party denied the free will of the individual – an..
Vol. 3, p. 1461957/12/17Albert EinsteinIdeas and Opinions History-Modern times
Social and Political-Social injustice
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are ba..
Vol. 3, p. 146-471957/12/17Albert EinsteinIdeas and Opinions History-Modern times
Art-Literature in general
Here, however, is a paragraph which I can and ought to make my own: “My passio..
Vol. 3, p. 1481957/12/24Georges BernanosDialogue des carmélites Religion-Catholicism
Art-Literature in general
Bob also sent Bernanos’ Dialogue des carmélites one of the first things I read..
Vol. 3, p. 1551958/01/14Miguel CovarrubiasIndian Art of Mexico and Central America Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
History-Middle ages
I have [Miguel] Covarrubias’ new book [Indian Art of Mexico and Central Americ..
Vol. 3, p. 1651958/02/09Ciro AlegriaMundo es ancho y ajeno Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Art-Novels
Reading Ciro Alegria’s “El mundo es ancho y ajeno,” walking up and down the st..
Vol. 3, p. 1671958/02/15Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasión Art-Novels Curious novel of Bioy Casaris, Plan d’évasion, about a governor of Devil’s Isl..
Vol. 3, p. 1691958/02/15Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasión Art-Novels
Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Back to Bioy Casaris’ Plan d’évasion–as a symbol and a symptom. It is about Fr..
Vol. 3, p. 1791958/03/11Gabriel MarcelHomo viator Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
My day of recollection. Went to confession to Fr. John of the Cross in the vau..
Vol. 3, p. 182-831958/03/19Edward Steichenfamily of man : the greatest photographic exhibition of all time : 503 pictures from 68 countries / created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art Art-Visual
Religion-Christianity general
Marvellous books for a few pennies–including The Family of Man for 50 cents. A..
Vol. 3, p. 1881958/04/04Jean LeclercqAmour des lettres et le désier de Dieu. Initiation aux auteurs monastiques du moyen age Religion-Monastic life
History-Middle ages
I had been reading Dom Leclercq’s new book L’Amour des lettres et le Désir de ..
Vol. 3, p. 192-931958/04/20Martin BuberI and Thou Religion-Judaism
Humanities-Philosophy
Buber’s I and Thou, in an execrable translation, very difficult to follow at f..
Vol. 3, p. 1931958/04/20Martin BuberI and Thou Religion-Judaism
Humanities-Philosophy
“How foolish and hopeless would be the man who turned aside from the course of..
Vol. 3, p. 1951958/04/22Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevRussian Idea History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
Charmed and fascinated by everything Berdyaev says in “The Russian Idea” until..
Vol. 3, p. 195-961958/04/28Martin BuberI and Thou Religion-Judaism
Humanities-Philosophy
Fine climax to Buber’s I and Thou. “Meeting with God does not come to man in o..
Vol. 3, p. 197-981958/04/25John CollierIndians of the Americas Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Geography and Ethnology-North America
History-Early modern times
I am deeply moved by John Collier’s book on The Indians of the Americas.... Un..
Vol. 3, p. 2001958/05/03Pablo Antonio Cuadrajaguar y la luna : [poemas] Art-Poetry
Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Pablo Antonio Cuadra arrived with his wife last evening and left this afternoo..
Vol. 3, p. 2031958/05/18Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russe Art-Novels Above all, this year has marked my discovery of Pasternak. First, in the copy ..
Vol. 3, p. 2041958/05/29Hannah ArendtOrigins of Totalitarianism History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Social and Political-Social injustice
Social and Political-Communism
Humanities-Sociology
The terrible insights of Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism. Wrote not..
Vol. 3, p. 204-051958/05/31Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and Freedom Humanities-Philosophy An admirable book from the Louisville library. Berdyaev’s Slavery and Freedom...
Vol. 3, p. 2041958/05/29Boris PasternakSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other Writings Art-Literature in general Finished Pasternak’s Safe Conduct and felt as if I must at once begin to read ..
Vol. 3, p. 205-061958/06/10Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and Freedom Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
“It need to be said that politics are always based on lies…(we ought to) deman..
Vol. 3, p. 2081958/06/22Albert Camuschute, récit Art-Novels Camus’ La chute [The Fall]. I admit is too long...
Vol. 3, p. 2101958/08/03Raymond Régamey O.P.Non-Violence et conscience chrétienne Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Religion-Christianity general
Doing violence to myself to read Regamey’s book on non-violence because I need..
Vol. 3, p. 2111958/08/03Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and Spirituality Religion-Catholicism [Louis] Bouyer’s book on Newman, in the refectory, is very good – especially i..
Vol. 3, p. 2141958/08/20Fyodor 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" Art-Novels
Religion-Christianity general
Yesterday good day of recollection in the woods. Read the part of The Possesse..
Vol. 3, p. 2161958/09/09Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russe Art-Novels For the last 5 days or so–reading Dr. Zhivago which finally came. Deeply moved..
Vol. 3, p. 2181958/09/26Charles Freer AndrewsMahatma Gandhi: His Life and Works Religion-Hinduism Yesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. ..
Vol. 3, p. 2181958/09/26Søren KierkegaardEither/Or Religion-Christianity general Yesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. ..
Vol. 3, p. 2211958/10/02OrigenesOpera Omnia Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
The charm of Origen–entranced by his commentary on Numbers with its inexhausti..
Vol. 3, p. 221-221958/10/05Thomas Verner MooreLife of Man with God Religion-Christianity general Read a little of Dom T. Verner Moore’s The Life of Man with God. It has some g..
Vol. 3, p. 2231958/10/07César VallejoPoesías completas (1918-1938) / César Vallejo ; recop. y pról. de César Miro Art-Poetry Reading Vallejo. Oye a tu masa a terrific poem which I will translate...
Vol. 3, p. 2231958/10/12Mark Van DorenAutobiography of Mark Van Doren Art-Literature in general Then on Friday Mark Van Doren’s autobiography came and I have begun it, gettin..
Vol. 3, p. 2241958/10/15Louis BouyerTrône de la sagesse Religion-Catholicism Finishing up a very good two day retreat. Spent it all under the five or six p..
Vol. 3, p. 2261958/10/26Sergei BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of Sophiology Religion-Orthodoxy From the Library of Congress I got Bulgakov’s Wisdom of God which is tremendou..
Vol. 3, p. 2291958/11/10Jean Mabillon O.S.B.Traité des études monastiques Religion-Monastic life Reading Mabillon’s wise and delightful book on monastic studies. Among other t..
Vol. 3, p. 2301958/11/10Czeslaw MiloszCaptive Mind Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Social and Political-Communism
Humanities-Philosophy
Reading Czeslaw Milosz The Captive Mind–a really interesting book. When you re..
Vol. 3, p. 2301958/11/13Josef PieperHappiness and Contemplation Religion-Contemplation
History-Modern times
“The whole of political life seems to be ordered with a view of attaining the ..
Vol. 3, p. 2351958/12/09Hans Urs von BalthasarDieu et l'homme d'aujourd'hui Religion-Catholicism Hans Urs Von Balthasar. “Dieu et l’homme d’aujourd’hui” [God and Man Today]..
Vol. 3, p. 2371958/12/11Sergei BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of Sophiology Religion-Orthodoxy “Christian humanism, which preserves the development of all the creative capac..
Vol. 3, p. 2401958/12/19Paul BruntonHermit in the Himalayas / pen name of Raphael Hurst Religion-Contemplation
Religion-MysticismInterreligious
Today began reading what seems to be a remarkable though poorly written book–H..
Vol. 3, p. 244-451959/01/02Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russe Art-Novels In the morning chapter Rev. Father, because of certain events and circumstance..
Vol. 3, p. 2441958/12/30SophoclesOedipus at Colonus Art-Literature in general
History-Antiquity
Significant that on the 28th. in the morning I read Oedipus at Colonus and was..
Vol. 3, p. 2461959/01/11Richard Bewe GreggPower of Non-violence Social and Political-War and Peace questions I really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spirit..
Vol. 3, p. 2461959/01/11Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den Glauben Religion-Catholicism
Art-Novels
Religion-Orthodoxy
I really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spirit..
Vol. 3, p. 2461959/01/11Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. Steere Religion-Christianity general I really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spirit..
Vol. 3, p. 2461959/01/11Edmund WilsonAmerican Earthquake. A Documentary of the Twenties and Thirties History-Modern times
Geography and Ethnology-North America
I really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spirit..
Vol. 3, p. 2481959/01/17Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den Glauben Religion-Catholicism
Art-Novels
Religion-Orthodoxy
Moved by Guardini’s wonderful book on Dostoevsky...
Vol. 3, p. 253-541959/01/28Nikolaj BerdyaevSolitude and Society Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Mysticism
From Berdyaev’s “Solitude and Society”: “Man may feel himself infinitely more ..
Vol. 3, p. 2591959/02/13Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. Steere Religion-Christianity general Kierkegaard’s marvelous book on the Works of Love. With pages of careful and p..
Vol. 3, p. 2631959/02/18Sergei BulgakovOrthodox Church Religion-Orthodoxy Tradition. “God has given us a thought of our own and our personal work cannot..
Vol. 3, p. 2641959/02/24Czeslaw MiloszCaptive Mind Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Art-Literature in general
Social and Political-Communism
Fine letter from Czeslaw Milosz in Paris. I had written about The Captive Mind..
Vol. 3, p. 2661959/03/03[no author]I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. Jung Religion-Taoism A most significant event. After much thought, prayer, and debate, consulted th..
Vol. 3, p. 2711959/04/04Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered Self Humanities-Psychology Read some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)–some materia..
Vol. 3, p. 2711959/04/04OrigenesOpera Omnia Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Read some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)–some materia..
Vol. 3, p. 2711959/04/04Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o Bogocheloviechestvie Religion-Orthodoxy Read some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)–some materia..
Vol. 3, p. 2721959/04/10Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyPaths that Lead to the Same Summit Religion-Interreligious
Religion-Hinduism
“The time is coming when it will be necessary for the man who is to be called ..
Vol. 3, p. 2791959/05/10Abraham Joshua HeschelBetween God and Man. An Interpretation of Judaism Religion-Judaism Lax brought down the proofs of [Abraham] Heschel’s God and Man – which looks v..
Vol. 3, p. 2791959/05/12Marco PallisPeaks and Lamas Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Religion-Buddhism
Third day of retreat. Yesterday, quiet–sunny day–spent all possible time in th..
Vol. 3, p. 2811959/05/13Sydney LochAthos, the Holy Mountain Religion-Orthodoxy Yesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the r..
Vol. 3, p. 2811959/05/13Myrrha Lot-BorodinNicolas Cabasilas: un maître de la spiritualité byzantine au XIVe siècle Religion-Orthodoxy Yesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the r..
Vol. 3, p. 2811959/05/13Marco PallisPeaks and Lamas Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Religion-Buddhism
Yesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the r..
Vol. 3, p. 2841959/05/28Nikolai BerdyaevDestiny of Man Religion-Orthodoxy A quiet morning reading in the woodshed (for the first time in seventeen years..
Vol. 3, p. 2861959/06/07Julien Hartridge GreenJournals Religion-Christianity general
Art-Literature in general
Saw Shakertown–the big old dormitories stood among the weeds in desolation. Ye..
Vol. 3, p. 2971959/06/28Gerard Manley Hopkinsnote-books and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins / Gerard Manley Hopkins ; ed. with notes and a pref. by Humphry House Art-Literature in general Baffled by the intensity of observation in the G. M. Hopkins notebooks (Though..
Vol. 3, p. 2981959/06/28EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Contemplation
Opened a new translation of Eckhart, and immediately hit upon this: “Obedience..
Vol. 3, p. 304-051959/07/12Henri TroyatCase de l'Oncle Sam History-Modern times
Geography and Ethnology-North America
Borrowed from the Library of Congress Henri Troyat’s La case de l’Oncle Sam. J..
Vol. 3, p. 3061959/07/16D.H. LawrenceMornings in Mexico Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Art-Literature in general
Now too is the time to go into a different regime. I don’t need all the librar..
Vol. 3, p. 315-161959/08/09William BlakeComplete writings : with all the variant readings / William Blake ; ed. by Geoffrey Keynes Art-Poetry And several books on Blake from U.K. library (I had asked for them). When I wa..
Vol. 3, p. 316-171959/08/15James ThurberYears with Ross Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Terrell Dickey lent me Thurber’s book The Years with Ross. Interesting, and ye..
Vol. 3, p. 3181959/08/18James ThurberYears with Ross Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
The book about the New Yorker–Thurber’s–oppresses me. Civilization oppresses m..
Vol. 3, p. 3201959/08/22James ThurberYears with Ross Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
I continued to be interested and depressed by The Years with Ross. It is reall..
Vol. 3, p. 3211959/08/24Herbert ButterfieldChristianity and History Religion-Christianity general
History-Early modern times
History-Modern times
Having been giving deep attention (as deep as possible when one is half awake ..
Vol. 3, p. 3211959/08/24James ThurberYears with Ross Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Yesterday finished The Years with Ross, and am tempted to write Thurber a note..
Vol. 3, p. 3211959/08/24Paul TillichLove, Power and Justice Humanities-Psychology
Religion-Christianity general
Reading Tillich’s Love, Power and Justice and am excited by it; it is very den..
Vol. 3, p. 3221959/08/30Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered Self Humanities-Psychology She [Fr. Anselm's sister] had been completely unable to understand Fr. A’s voc..
Vol. 3, p. 3301959/09/18Paul Evdokimovfemme et le salut du monde : étude d'anthropologie chrétienne sur les charismes de la femme / Paul Evdokimov Religion-Orthodoxy
Humanities-Anthropology
Have been reading a marvelous book of theology by the Orthodox Father Paul Evd..
Vol. 3, p. 3321959/09/26[no author]Philokalia Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Monastic life
A copy of two volumes of the Philokalia sent by B. Rambusch from Athens, arriv..
Vol. 3, p. 3351959/10/04Tung-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 life [transl. from the German by Religion-Taoism The last month has been too wild. Seeing too many people–but they came. God br..
Vol. 3, p. 336-371959/10/25Dane ChandosVillage in the Sun Geography and Ethnology-Latin America I have been in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal..
Vol. 3, p. 336-371959/10/25Abraham Joshua HeschelMan Is Not Alone Religion-Judaism I have been in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal..
Vol. 3, p. 336-371959/10/25Tung-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 life [transl. from the German by Religion-Taoism I have been in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal..
Vol. 3, p. 336-371959/10/25Josef PieperFour Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Catholicism
I have been in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal..
Vol. 3, p. 3371959/10/25Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Judaism
Fr. Tresmontant says “C’est au niveau politique que se posent les problèmes mo..
Vol. 3, p. 3381959/11/02[no author]Dhammapada Religion-Buddhism A lovely afternoon full of noise. Reading after dinner–snatches from the Dham..
Vol. 3, p. 339-401959/11/03Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of Civilization Humanities-Philosophy
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Denis de Rougemont: The Western Quest – seeking to resolve the antimony inhere..
Vol. 3, p. 3401959/11/04Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of Civilization History-Modern times
Humanities-Anthropology
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“Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures…nous rappelent queue ..
Vol. 3, p. 3401959/11/04Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel Religion-Judaism
Humanities-Anthropology
“Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures…nous rappelent queue ..
Vol. 3, p. 3411959/11/10Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of Civilization Humanities-Anthropology Finished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
Vol. 3, p. 3411959/11/08Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel Religion-Judaism
Humanities-Anthropology
Yet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degen..
Vol. 3, p. 3411959/11/10Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel Humanities-Anthropology Finished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
Vol. 3, p. 3411959/11/08Laurens Van Der PostLost World of the Kalahari Geography and Ethnology-Africa
Humanities-Anthropology
Yet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degen..
Vol. 3, p. 3501959/12/02[no author]Apophthegmata Patrum Religion-Monastic life
History-Antiquity
Solitude – witness to Christ – emptiness. Apophthegmata [Sayings of the Desert..
Vol. 3, p. 3501959/12/02[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Mysticism
History-Middle ages
Religion-Contemplation
Knowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how trul..
Vol. 3, p. 3501959/12/02David KnowlesReligious Orders in England Religion-Contemplation
History-Middle ages
Knowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how trul..
Vol. 3, p. 3531959/12/06Niall BrennanMaking of a Moron Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Humanities-Sociology
Read a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal B..
Vol. 3, p. 3531959/12/06René VoillaumeAu coeur des masses. La vie religieuse des Petits Frères du Père de Foucauld Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
Read a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal B..
Vol. 3, p. 3541959/12/08Nikolai BerdyaevMeaning of History Religion-Orthodoxy Berdyaev’s Meaning of History made up of lectures given in Russia right after ..
Vol. 3, p. 3561959/12/10Josef PieperLeisure, The Basis of Culture Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
I have finally gotten around to reading Pieper’s fine little book Leisure, The..
Vol. 3, p. 360-611959/12/20Robert LaxCircus of the Sun Art-Poetry
Religion-Christianity general
Lax’s Circus book is a tremendous poem, an Isaias-like prophecy which has a qu..
Vol. 3, p. 3641959/12/31Frances M. CornfordPrincipium Sapientiae: The Origins of Greek Philosophical Thought Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
Interesting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Po..
Vol. 3, p. 3641959/12/29Charles PeguyMystery of the Holy Innocents Art-Poetry Read some of Peguy’s “Mystery of the Holy Innocents” to the novices last eveni..
Vol. 3, p. 3641959/12/31Paul RadinPrimitive Man as Philosopher Humanities-Anthropology
Humanities-Philosophy
Interesting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Po..
Vol. 3, p. 3651960/01/01Maurice Merleau-PontySens et non-sens Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
From Merleau-Ponty on Pseudo-scientific Marxism (Sens et non-sens, p. 223). Mo..
Vol. 3, p. 369-701960/01/17Justus George LawlerCatholic Dimension in Higher Education Religion-Catholicism Very fine book by J. G. Lawler on The Catholic Dimension in Higher Education w..
Vol. 3, p. 3691960/01/15Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta [The Flaming Arrow] Religion-Monastic life
History-Middle ages
Getting back read the Ignea Sagitta [The Fiery Arrow] again–in view of article..
Vol. 3, p. 3691960/01/14Hugh Trevor RoperMen and Events History-Early modern times Trevor Roper’s book, which solicits my agreement, and makes one wonder if I am..
Vol. 3, p. 3701960/01/17AeschylusPrometheus Bound Art-Literature in general
History-Antiquity
After dinner–read the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus. Shattered by it. I do not..
Vol. 3, p. 3721960/01/24Søren KierkegaardJournals of Kierkegaard / translated bij Alexander Dru Religion-Christianity general Read a little of Kierkegaard’s Journal but the reading was spoiled by the fact..
Vol. 3, p. 3761960/02/19Johan HuizingaErasmus and the Age of Reformation History-Early modern times More snow and now, after so many very gloomy days, brilliant winter weather–al..
Vol. 3, p. 3771960/03/03Erich FrommZen Buddhism & Psychoanalysis / Other autors: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Richard De Martino Religion-Zen
Humanities-Psychology
Must write to Fromm about the new book (Zen and Psychoanalysis) which is on th..
Vol. 3, p. 3771960/03/03Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literature History-Antiquity
Humanities-Philosophy
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Walked in the snow after dinner and read a little about St. Bede. There are so..
Vol. 3, p. 3791960/03/16Giles Lytton StracheyEminent Victorians Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians. The life of Manning is a masterpiece. Th..
Vol. 3, p. 3801960/03/21Nadejda GorodetzkyHumiliated Christ in Russian Thought Religion-Orthodoxy
History-Modern times
Very important book–The Humiliated Christ in Russian Thought–from the Library ..
Vol. 3, p. 3801960/03/18Louis MassignonAkhbar al-Hallaj. Texte ancien relatif à la prédication et au supplice du mystique musulman al-Hosayn B. Mansour al-Hallaj Religion-Islam
Religion-Sufism
Reading [Al] Hallaj in Massignon’s translation–about which I wrote him a lette..
Vol. 3, p. 3841960/04/16Erich FrommArt of Loving: an Enquiry into the Nature of Love Humanities-Psychology
Humanities-Sociology
Excellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne’s Cent..
Vol. 3, p. 3841960/04/16Josef A. JungmannSacrifice of the Church: the Meaning of the Mass Religion-Catholicism Excellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne’s Cent..
Vol. 3, p. 3841960/04/14Gershom Gerhard ScholemMajor Trends in Jewish Mysticism Religion-Judaism
Religion-Mysticism
Excellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne’s Cent..
Vol. 3, p. 3841960/04/16Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and Thanksgivings Art-Poetry
History-Early modern times
Excellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne’s Cent..
Vol. 3, p. 3851960/04/24Jacques BarzunHouse of Intellect Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Reading Barzun’s House of Intellect. Good criticism of the so-called education..
Vol. 3, p. 3881960/05/08Jacques BarzunHouse of Intellect Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Still reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to t..
Vol. 3, p. 3881960/05/08Erich NeumannAmor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale by Apuleius. History-Antiquity
Humanities-Psychology
Still reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to t..
Vol. 3, p. 3881960/05/08Anscar VonierPeople of God Religion-Christianity general Still reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to t..
Vol. 3, p. 3891960/05/14Hannah ArendtHuman Condition History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Hannah Arendt’s Human Condition is another cardinal book, a hinge on which one..
Vol. 3, p. 3911960/05/18Robert Penn WarrenSegregation: the Inner Conflict in the South Social and Political-Racism
History-Modern times
What had most impressed me was the little book–a pamphlet really–of Robert Pen..
Vol. 4, p. 3-41960/05/25Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPélérinage aux Sources Religion-Hinduism
Religion-Christianity general
Science
Reading [Joseph Jean] Lanza del Vasto, Le Pèlerinage aux Sources [Paris, 1945]..
Vol. 4, p. 51960/06/01Hannah ArendtHuman Condition History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Hannah Arendt writes of the Greek πόλις [polis] – “Before men began to act, a ..
Vol. 4, p. 6-71960/06/05Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalisme Humanities-Philosophy Yesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my ..
Vol. 4, p. 6-71960/06/05Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPélérinage aux Sources Religion-Hinduism Yesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my ..
Vol. 4, p. 81960/06/05Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalisme History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
I have a natural tendency to become an escapist, a snob, a narcissist. (And my..
Vol. 4, p. 91960/06/06Maurice VillainAbbé Paul Couturier Religion-Christianity general “Des hommes comme Saint Seraphim, Saint François d’Assise et bien d’autres ont..
Vol. 4, p. 101960/06/10Hannah ArendtHuman Condition History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Finished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Aren..
Vol. 4, p. 101960/06/12Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, Ky Art-Poetry Ernesto Cardenal’s book of poems about Gethsemani arrived. Small, bare, but wa..
Vol. 4, p. 101960/06/10Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPélérinage aux Sources Religion-Hinduism
Humanities-Philosophy
Finished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Aren..
Vol. 4, p. 111960/06/12Hannah ArendtHuman Condition Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Finished the Human Condition today. It is the deepest and most important defen..
Vol. 4, p. 171960/06/30Bertolt BrechtTrial of Heron Lucullus Art-Literature in general I am in St. Anthony’s Hospital for X-rays. A quiet hot day, reading Chinese ph..
Vol. 4, p. 191960/07/10Bertolt BrechtPrivate Life of the Master Race Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Read Brecht “Private Life of the Master Race” under the pine trees the other d..
Vol. 4, p. 191960/07/10D.H. LawrenceSketches of Etruscan Places and other Italian Essays Art-Literature in general I have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been..
Vol. 4, p. 191960/07/10Ivor Armstrong RichardsMencius on the Mind: Experiments in Multiple Definition Religion-Taoism I have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been..
Vol. 4, p. 241960/07/30Giuseppe LampedusaThe Leopard Art-Novels Finished [Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s] The Leopard yesterday. A finely constructed..
Vol. 4, p. 261960/08/05Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-Francois Religion-Catholicism
History-Middle ages
Religion-IslamInterreligious
A passionate and convinced book by a Franciscan [Giulio Basetti-Sani, Mohammed..
Vol. 4, p. 291960/08/07[no author]Koran Religion-Islam “Parmi les lignes il y a les vaisseaux qui, sur la mer, sont comme dans le dés..
Vol. 4, p. 301960/08/10Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-Francois Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Islam
History-Middle ages
L. Massignon believes that the “nocturnal ascension” of Mohammed brought him t..
Vol. 4, p. 301960/08/10Jean SteinmannSaint Jerome and His Times Religion-Catholicism
History-Antiquity
[Jean] Steinmann’s book on St. Jerome [St. Jerome and His Times, New York, 195..
Vol. 4, p. 33-341960/08/20VinobaTalks on the Gita [Translators have retained some essential Sanskrit words] / Vinoba ; introd. by Jayaprakash Narayan Religion-Hinduism Wonderful book by [Acharya] Vinoba [Bhave], Talks on the Gita [New York, 1960]..
Vol. 4, p. 36-371960/08/26Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine Milieu Religion-Christianity general
History-Modern times
I have finished reading the proofs of the Divine Milieu of P[ère] Teilhard de ..
Vol. 4, p. 391960/09/02Olivier ClémentTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxe Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Christianity general
“Le Temps de l’Eglise culmine donc à la prise de conscience par chaque personn..
Vol. 4, p. 421960/09/04Olivier ClémentTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxe Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Christianity general
The heart of Clément’s book–that “fallen Time” (le temps déchu) has no present..
Vol. 4, p. 421960/09/04Max PicardFlight from God Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Psychology
The heart of Clément’s book–that “fallen Time” (le temps déchu) has no present..
Vol. 4, p. 441960/09/09E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest Art-Literature in general Brought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty’s ..
Vol. 4, p. 441960/09/10E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest Art-Literature in general “For what, in that world of gigantic horror, was tolerable except the slighter..
Vol. 4, p. 441960/09/09Oliver St. John GogartyWeek End in the Middle of the Week: and other Essays on the Bias Art-Literature in general Brought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty’s ..
Vol. 4, p. 451960/09/11SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938 Religion-Orthodoxy The book on Staretz Sylvan by Archimandrite Sophrony [The Undistorted Image, L..
Vol. 4, p. 481960/09/16Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard Citron Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
From Karl Barth–Christmas 1931 [translated by Berhard Citron, London, 1959]. (..
Vol. 4, p. 491960/09/16Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard Citron Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
History-Middle ages
Opposites: Karl Barth and Gemistus Pletho.15 I do not mean to be facetious. Ge..
Vol. 4, p. 511960/09/23Karl BarthAgainst the Stream Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
Moving words of K. Barth preached on Good Friday 1948 in Hungary at Debrecen, ..
Vol. 4, p. 521960/09/25Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Géant de l'Erudtition bénédictine Religion-Monastic life Finished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all th..
Vol. 4, p. 521960/09/25E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest Art-Literature in general Reading Lorca again–what a marvelous poet, so alive, so much strength and vivi..
Vol. 4, p. 521960/09/25E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest Art-Literature in general Finished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all th..
Vol. 4, p. 531960/09/29Gordon HarlandThought of Reinhold Niebuhr Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
Politics–at last I think I am beginning to come out of my stupor. Excellent bo..
Vol. 4, p. 551960/10/03André Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon Platon Religion-Contemplation
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Humanities-Philosophy
After night office, long quiet interval, reading [André Marie Jean] Festugière..
Vol. 4, p. 571960/10/12Mahatma GandhiNon-violence in Peace and War Social and Political-War and Peace questions
History-Modern times
“A person who realizes a particular evil of his time and finds that it overwhe..
Vol. 4, p. 571960/10/10PlatoPhaedo Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
After the Night Office. The superb moral and positive beauty of the Phaedo. On..
Vol. 4, p. 591960/10/24Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Géant de l'Erudtition bénédictine Religion-Monastic life Finishing life of Dom Martène–the curious condition at Saint-Germain-des-Prés ..
Vol. 4, p. 591960/10/24André Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon Platon Religion-Contemplation
History-Antiquity
Humanities-Philosophy
Coffee after night office and the good long silence until Prime. Deliciae meae..
Vol. 4, p. 631960/11/07Charles Harold DoddThe Bible Today Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
Read sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious abo..
Vol. 4, p. 631960/11/07Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of Man Religion-Judaism Read sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious abo..
Vol. 4, p. 641960/11/14Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine Milieu Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Dom Gabriel [Sortais, the Abbot General], after consulting a professor in Rome..
Vol. 4, p. 651960/11/14Charles Harold DoddThe Bible Today Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
C. H. Dodd – in a remarkable book (The Bible Today): “We shall get at the trut..
Vol. 4, p. 651960/11/14Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine Milieu Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
I have nothing but sympathy for his attempt to take a new view of things. I ha..
Vol. 4, p. 661960/11/15Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of Man Religion-Judaism
Religion-Buddhism
Religion-Zen
At the heart of Heschel’s splendid book–God in Search of Man–the consistent em..
Vol. 4, p. 711960/12/01M.E. BoismardDu Baptême à Cana Religion-Christianity general Came to St. Mary of Carmel and built a pretty fire in the fireplace and got se..
Vol. 4, p. 721960/12/05Isaac of StellaSermones Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Christianity general
Magnificent light in the lapidary sentences of Isaac of Stella. Fire struck fr..
Vol. 4, p. 781960/12/24Werner Wilhelm JaegerPaideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture / Gilbert Highet (translator) Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
Snow is melting a little. Quiet afternoon of Christmas Eve. Read a book of New..
Vol. 4, p. 791960/12/26[no author]I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. Jung Religion-Taoism I read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude–a bit of Hen..
Vol. 4, p. 791960/12/26Giuseppe LampedusaThe Leopard Art-Novels I read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude – a bit of H..
Vol. 4, p. 791960/12/26Henry MillerBig Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch Art-Literature in general I read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude–a bit of Hen..
Vol. 4, p. 801960/12/27Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyHinduism and Buddhism Religion-Hinduism
Religion-Buddhism
Incomparable richness of Coomaraswamy! His book on Hinduism and Buddhism. I am..
Vol. 4, p. 861961/01/18Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max Beerbohm Art-Literature in general Moved by S. N. Behrman’s beautiful book on Max Beerbohm [Portrait of Max, New ..
Vol. 4, p. 891961/01/21Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max Beerbohm Art-Literature in general That Behrman book on Beerbohm is not always admirable. Sometimes his admiratio..
Vol. 4, p. 901961/01/22Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max Beerbohm Art-Literature in general I know what really annoys me about the Behrman book–he is finally, completely,..
Vol. 4, p. 901961/01/22Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxie Religion-Orthodoxy An overwhelming statement of P[aul] Evdokimov. “Pour l’orthodoxie il ne s’agit..
Vol. 4, p. 911961/01/26Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxie Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Hinduism
Evdokimov on orthodoxy – once again, as I have so many times recently, I meet ..
Vol. 4, p. 911961/01/28Reinhold NiebuhrChristian Realism and Political Problems Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
I respect more and more the intelligence and integrity of Reinhold Niebuhr. Hi..
Vol. 4, p. 911961/01/26Salvatore QuasimodoFalse and True Green / translation from the Italian: Il falso e vero verde Art-Poetry [Salvatore] Quasimodo’s wonderful poem on Auschwitz [Complete Poems, New York,..
Vol. 4, p. 92-931961/02/04[no author]ten principal Upanishads / put into English by Shree Purohit, swami, and W.B. Yeats Religion-HinduismInterreligious Tremendous discovery. The Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad! Kairos! Everything for a ..
Vol. 4, p. 971961/03/03Benet of CanfieldRule of Perfection Religion-Contemplation
History-Early modern times
Religion-Mysticism
I started the mystical theology class Wednesday (Mar. 1). [Note 5: Merton’s le..
Vol. 4, p. 981961/03/07Benet of CanfieldRule of Perfection Religion-Contemplation
History-Early modern times
Finished reading the MS of Pt. III of Canfield’s Rule of Perfection. It is rea..
Vol. 4, p. 1011961/03/19Arthur KoestlerLotus and the Robot Religion-Buddhism
Religion-Hinduism
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Finishing [Arthur] Koestler’s book on Asia, The Lotus and the Robot [London, 1..
Vol. 4, p. 1031961/03/28Robert McAfee BrownAmerican Dialogue: A Protestant Looks at Catholicism Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
Deeply impressed by this statement of Robert McAfee Brown: “All of the great m..
Vol. 4, p. 1051961/04/02Gregory of NyssaIn canticum canticorum Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Yesterday–reading bits of Dame Julian of Norwich and today I began Gregory of ..
Vol. 4, p. 1051961/04/02Johan HuizingaWaning of the Middle Ages History-Middle ages “There is not a more dangerous tendency in history than that of representing t..
Vol. 4, p. 1051961/04/02Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine Love Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Mysticism
Yesterday–reading bits of Dame Julian of Norwich and today I began Gregory of ..
Vol. 4, p. 1061961/04/07Nicolas of CusaVision of God Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Humanities-Philosophy
Trying to finish Nicholas of Cusa’s Vision of God, but he verbalizes too much...
Vol. 4, p. 1081961/04/16F.X. DurrwellResurrection: a Biblical Study / translated by Rosemary Sheed Religion-Catholicism [F. X.] Durrwell’s book on the Resurrection, sent by Frank Sheed, is excellent..
Vol. 4, p. 1151961/05/02Titus BurckhardtAn introduction to Sufi doctrine Religion-Sufism
Religion-Islam
Abdul Aziz has sent some books on Islam, including first of all a powerful and..
Vol. 4, p. 1171961/05/07Jean Baptiste PorionHadewijch d'Anvers. Écrits mystiques des Béguines Religion-Mysticism
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Have finally after five – no, seven, years got down to work on the remarkable ..
Vol. 4, p. 1251961/06/10William G. CongdonIn My Disk of Gold: Itinary to Christ by William Congdon Religion-Catholicism
Art-Visual
Wrote a couple of pages for Bill Congdon’s book the other day. He deserves a s..
Vol. 4, p. 125-261961/06/10J. B. MahnPape Benoit XII et les cisterciens Religion-Christianity general
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Interesting book of J. B. Mahn on Benedict XII and the Cistercians. And the qu..
Vol. 4, p. 1271961/06/15Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943 Art-Literature in general
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Began the other day reading Romain Rolland’s Inde. Wide awake and all there wh..
Vol. 4, p. 1301961/06/21Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943 Art-Literature in general
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
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Romain Rolland’s Inde is detailed and interesting – besides being very importa..
Vol. 4, p. 1371961/07/04EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
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I am becoming entranced with Eckhart: I have been won by the brevity, the inci..
Vol. 4, p. 1381961/07/07Karl RahnerFree Speech in the Church Religion-Christianity general What I wrote above, though not quite what I wanted, I still stick to in princi..
Vol. 4, p. 1401961/07/08Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943 Art-Literature in general An understanding of why I am so taken with Romain Rolland, why he speaks to me..
Vol. 4, p. 1411961/07/11Pius XIDivini Redemptoris Religion-Catholicism Essential soundness of the principles in Divini Redemptoris – Pius XI’s Encycl..
Vol. 4, p. 1411961/07/09Romain RollandInde: journal 1915-1943 Social and Political-War and Peace questions Points from Gandhi on non-cooperation (R. Rolland, Inde, p. 327) 1. To refuse ..
Vol. 4, p. 142-431961/07/18Placide Tempelsphilosophie bantou Geography and Ethnology-Africa
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I have thought and spoken... with Père Daniélou whom, as theologian, I conside..
Vol. 4, p. 1431961/07/21Christopher DawsonHistoric Reality of Christian Culture: A Way to the Renewal of Human Life Religion-Christianity general
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I agree with these propositions in C[hristopher] Dawson’s excellent book, The ..
Vol. 4, p. 1451961/07/26Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derRencontres: Léon Bloy, Raïssa Maritain, Christine et Pieterke Art-Literature in general
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Moved deeply and to tears by Pierre van der Meer de Walcheren’s book Rencontre..
Vol. 4, p. 1451961/07/27Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derRencontres: Léon Bloy, Raïssa Maritain, Christine et Pieterke Art-Literature in general
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Lovely poem on Chagall by Raissa Maritain in P. Van der Meer’s Rencontres. Lik..
Vol. 4, p. 1461961/07/28SophoclesAntigone Art-Literature in general
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Looked over notes on Sophocles’ Antigone. Must read it again and again. How gr..
Vol. 4, p. 1481961/08/06EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney Religion-Contemplation
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Today I read the wonderful sermon on the divine truth in which Eckhart says th..
Vol. 4, p. 1491961/08/07Clement of AlexandriaProtreptikos Religion-Christianity general
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Both Newman and Fénelon loved Clement of Alexandria, which is not at all surpr..
Vol. 4, p. 1531961/08/19[no author]Theologica Germanica Religion-Christianity general
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The library has bought a copy of the Theologia Germanica, which I began today...
Vol. 4, p. 1541961/08/19Clement of AlexandriaPaedagogue Religion-Christianity general
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Having finished the Protreptikos of Clement, began the Pedagogue. He is certai..
Vol. 4, p. 1541961/08/19Clement of AlexandriaProtreptikos Religion-Christianity general
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Having finished the Protreptikos of Clement, began the Pedagogue. He is certai..
Vol. 4, p. 1541961/08/22Henry MillerColossus of Maroussi Art-Literature in general In the Nation–a good article on Nicaragua: a poisonous critique of Miller’s Tr..
Vol. 4, p. 1551961/08/22Chrisopher DawsonUnderstanding Europe Religion-Christianity general
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I finished [Christopher] Dawson’s Understanding Europe [New York, 1952]. It is..
Vol. 4, p. 1561961/08/26[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Mysticism
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Finally, three wonderful chapters in the Cloud of Unknowing on Martha and Mary..
Vol. 4, p. 1571961/08/27[no author]Theologica Germanica Religion-Christianity general
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Theologia Germanica on the heaven and hell we carry about within us, and how i..
Vol. 4, p. 1631961/09/23Lewis MumfordArt and Technics Science
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Bright hot weather. A Coast Guard jet plane flew low over the hermitage and mo..
Vol. 4, p. 1651961/09/25Lewis MumfordArt and Technics Science
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Finished Mumford’s Art and Technics yesterday. His last pages on the interior ..
Vol. 4, p. 1671961/10/01Martin BuberOrigin and Meaning of Hasidism Religion-Judaism
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The first book of Buber that has really gripped me is the one on the Origins a..
Vol. 4, p. 1671961/10/01Henry CorbinImagination créatrice dans le soufisme d'Ibn 'Arabi Religion-Judaism
Religion-Sufism
The first book of Buber that has really gripped me is the one on the Origins a..
Vol. 4, p. 1671961/10/03Henry CorbinImagination créatrice dans le soufisme d'Ibn 'Arabi Religion-Sufism
Religion-Monastic life
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The Corbin book on Ibn al’ Arabi is in ways tremendous. The plays and changes ..
Vol. 4, p. 1701961/10/17Robert LowellImitations Art-Poetry Lowell’s Imitations, a fascinating book. He has developed the vein I liked lea..
Vol. 4, p. 1701961/10/15Henry MillerRemember to remember Social and Political-War and Peace questions I have been reading Henry Miller’s Remember to Remember [Norfolk, 1947] especi..
Vol. 4, p. 170-711961/10/19George Ernest WrightGod Who Acts: Biblical Theology as Recital Religion-Christianity general Also have been reading more Biblical theology–esp. G. E. Wright, God Who Acts ..
Vol. 4, p. 1711961/10/20Jean GionoRegain Art-Novels After dinner–in the cold woodshed–have discovered a marvelous book by [Jean] G..
Vol. 4, p. 1731961/10/23Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine Love Religion-Mysticism
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Etta Gullick–along with wonderful letters from the Adriatic, for she was at Is..
Vol. 4, p. 1731961/10/23E.I. (Edward Ingram) WatkinPoets and mystics Religion-Mysticism
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Etta Gullick–along with wonderful letters from the Adriatic, for she was at Is..
Vol. 4, p. 1741961/10/27E.F. OsbornPhilosophy of Clement of Alexandria / and C.H. Dodd History-Antiquity
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Calmed down to some extent this morning in the “sacred silence,” reading, at p..
Vol. 4, p. 1741961/10/29Paul TillichProtestant Era Religion-Christianity general
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“The key to the interpretation of history is historical activity,” says Tillic..
Vol. 4, p. 1741961/10/27George Ernest WrightGod Who Acts: Biblical Theology as Recital Religion-Christianity general Calmed down to some extent this morning in the “sacred silence,” reading, at p..
Vol. 4, p. 1811961/11/19Clement of AlexandriaStromata. French & Greek. Selections. Stromate II / Clément d'Alexandrie ; introd. et notes de Th. Camelot ; texte grec et trad. de Cl. Mondésert Religion-Christianity general
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Reading Clement, the Stromateis, with comfort and consolation. I see no proble..
Vol. 4, p. 1821961/11/21Laurens Post, van derHeart of the Hunter Geography and Ethnology-Africa I read Laurens van der Post’s Heart of the Hunter [New York, 1961]. Dangerous ..
Vol. 4, p. 1841961/12/04Guigo IIScala Claustrarum Religion-Monastic life
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Reading Clement still, and the Scala Claustralium (for the novices) and began ..
Vol. 4, p. 1841961/12/04Charles Wright MillsCauses of World War Three Social and Political-War and Peace questions
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Reading Clement still, and the Scala Claustralium (for the novices) and began ..
Vol. 4, p. 185-861961/12/12al-Jullabi al-Hujwiri Ali ibn UsmaKashf al-Mahjúb : the oldest Persian treatise on sufiism / by Alí B. Uthmán al-Jullábi al-Hujwírí : transl. from the text of the Lahore edition, comp. with mss. in the India office and British Museum by Reynold A. Nicholson Religion-Sufism From Al Hujswírí [The Kashf Al-Mahjub] “It is glorious for man to bear the bur..
Vol. 4, p. 1891961/12/27Julian of NorwichRevelations of Divine Love Religion-Mysticism This morning I was praying much for a wise heart, and I think the gift of this..
Vol. 4, p. 1961962/01/24Martin BuberTales of Rabbi Nahman Religion-Judaism Reading the Tales of Rabbi Nachman–some are a bit too drawn out, but the one a..
Vol. 4, p. 1961962/01/21Trevor Leggettfirst Zen reader Religion-Zen
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Amakuki Sessan in his commentary on Hakuin’s “Song of Meditation” (conferences..
Vol. 4, p. 2021962/02/13André Schwartz-BartLast of the Just Art-Novels
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Finished the Last of the Just [André Schwartz-Bart, New York, 1960], which is ..
Vol. 4, p. 2031962/02/14Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta [The Flaming Arrow] Religion-Buddhism
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Milarepa’s prayer in solitude–austere and beautiful. Something to meditate on–..
Vol. 4, p. 2061962/03/02Charles Wright MillsPower Elite Humanities-Sociology
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Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Social and Political-Social injustice
Reading Wright Mills on the Power Elite. How can we avoid war? The Pentagon is..
Vol. 4, p. 2071962/03/06Jean Paul SartreAnti-Semite and Jew History-Modern times
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There is unquestionably a great nobility in Sartre’s morality of “authenticity..
Vol. 4, p. 2071962/03/04Thomas AquinasCommentary on Timothy Religion-Christianity general
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“The secret which is hidden in the heart of the Father, has become Man.” –St T..
Vol. 4, p. 2091962/03/09Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and Reunion Religion-Catholicism Reading Hans Küng on The Council, Reform and Reunion [New York, 1961]. If I wa..
Vol. 4, p. 211-121962/03/18Karl RahnerOn the Theology of Death Religion-Christianity general
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Karl Rahner’s [On the] Theology of Death [New York, 1961] is a most exciting b..
Vol. 4, p. 2131962/03/24John Howard GriffinBlack Like Me Social and Political-Racism
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Yesterday finished the [John Howard] Griffin book Black Like Me, moved and dis..
Vol. 4, p. 2131962/03/24Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and Reunion Religion-Christianity general Finishing the Küng book on The Council, Reform and Reunion. Tremendous, clear,..
Vol. 4, p. 2151962/04/01Frederic Meer, van derAugustine the Bishop Religion-Christianity general
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Reading the Van der Meer book on Augustine, monumental (also expensive) and va..
Vol. 4, p. 2161962/04/26OrigenesOpera Omnia Religion-Christianity general
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Reading Origen, Contra Celsum...
Vol. 4, p. 2171962/05/01Hui-nengplatform scripture / Hui-neng ; [transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan] Religion-Buddhism “Those who have the dharma should devote themselves only to its practice. Disp..
Vol. 4, p. 2171962/05/01OrigenesOpera Omnia Religion-Christianity general
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Contra Celsum is fascinating though I am tempted to renounce it as “getting no..
Vol. 4, p. 217-181962/05/07Bernard PiaultWhat Is the Trinity Religion-Christianity general
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“If India were to hear the word of Christ and be converted, it is possible tha..
Vol. 4, p. 2181962/05/10Mircea EliadeImages and symbols : studies in religious symbolism / Mircea Eliade ; transl. by Philip Mairet Art-Literature in general
Humanities-Psychology
Fascinating books by Mircea Eliade. Finished (two days ago) Image and Symbol a..
Vol. 4, p. 2181962/05/10Mircea EliadeForge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy History-Middle ages
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Fascinating books by Mircea Eliade. Finished (two days ago) Image and Symbol a..
Vol. 4, p. 2181962/05/10Edward TellerLegacy of Hiroshima Social and Political-War and Peace questions Finishing at the same time the [Edward] Teller book. Legacy of Hiroshima. His ..
Vol. 4, p. 218-191962/05/12TertullianusDe Oratione Religion-Christianity general
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Glorious 4th Chapter of Tertullian’s De Oratione [On Prayer]. The Latin, sharp..
Vol. 4, p. 2191962/05/19[no author]Cloud of Unknowing Religion-Mysticism
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Rereading The Cloud–working over the essay on the English Mystics. Why? I hard..
Vol. 4, p. 2211962/05/24MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu Khantipalo Religion-Buddhism Have nearly finished Milarepa. Wrote to Dezhung Trulka about it (Tibetan Buddh..
Vol. 4, p. 2241962/06/05Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPélérinage aux Sources Social and Political-War and Peace questions
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Lanza del Vasto has seen a deep connection between play and war. Our society t..
Vol. 4, p. 2241962/06/05TertullianusApologeticus adversos gentes pro christianis Religion-Christianity general
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Wonderful insights in the Apologetic of Tertullian, more subtle than Hannah Ar..
Vol. 4, p. 2251962/06/07CassiodorusDe Anima Religion-Christianity general
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The serene, pure music of Cassiodorus’s prayer at the end of his De Anima [On ..
Vol. 4, p. 2251962/06/08CassiodorusDe Anima Religion-Christianity general
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O Cassiodorus, reading you is like coming home to everything germane to my spi..
Vol. 4, p. 2251962/06/09CassiodorusInstitutiones Divinarum et Saecularium Litterarum Religion-Christianity general
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I never thought I would discover in myself a hunger for something like Cassiod..
Vol. 4, p. 226-271962/06/10CassiodorusDe Anima Religion-Christianity general
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What more beautiful or more appropriate than these lines of Cassiodorus where ..
Vol. 4, p. 2291962/07/03LactantiusDe Opifico Dei Religion-Christianity general
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Discovery of Lactantius, particularly De Opificis Dei. Because I read and like..
Vol. 4, p. 230-311962/07/14[no author]Regula Magistri Religion-Monastic life Lately discovered the Regula Magistri [Rule of the Master] and began to take ..
Vol. 4, p. 2301962/07/03Edward ConzeSelected sayings from the perfection of wisdom / chosen, arranged and transl. by Edward Conze Religion-Buddhism Reading [Edward] Conze’s superb selections on Perfect Wisdom. Prajnaparamita [..
Vol. 4, p. 2301962/07/09Alan HarringtonLife in the Crystal Palace History-Modern times
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Businesses are sects. They are little religions–at least in America. One belie..
Vol. 4, p. 2311962/07/14Rose MacaulayPersonal Pleasures Art-Literature in general Reading Rose MacCauley’s Personal Pleasures–published 1935. Therefore her swim..
Vol. 4, p. 2331962/07/24Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiEssentials of Zen Buddhism Religion-Zen In Louisville some weeks ago I found the new Suzuki anthology (Essentials of Z..
Vol. 4, p. 2341962/07/28EucheriusContemptus Mundi Religion-Catholicism Antigone and stoical tropes of St. Eucherius in his contemptus mundi, [rejecti..
Vol. 4, p. 2351962/08/04HilariusSermo de Vita Sancti Honorati Episcopi Arelatensis Religion-Catholicism If I have the sense to keep to the writers of Christian antiquity, for the mom..
Vol. 4, p. 237-381962/08/21Jacob BoehmeConfessions of Jacob Boehme Religion-Mysticism Hot. Yesterday, the dip in the path to the woods beyond the sheep barn was lik..
Vol. 4, p. 237-381962/08/21Henry MillerWisdom of the Heart Art-Literature in general Hot. Yesterday, the dip in the path to the woods beyond the sheep barn was lik..
Vol. 4, p. 2371962/08/11Henry MillerWisdom of the Heart Art-Literature in general Henry Miller’s tremendous essay on Raimu deeply significant, touches the real ..
Vol. 4, p. 2391962/08/27Vinoba BhaveTalks on the Gita Religion-Hinduism Returned, after a long time, to the unfinished book by Vinoba Bhave on the Git..
Vol. 4, p. 240-411962/08/30Joseph CampbellSymbol without Meaning Humanities-Anthropology
Humanities-Sociology
Interesting hypothesis of Joseph Campbell in Eranos Jahrbuch XXVI, p. 430 ff. ..
Vol. 4, p. 2421962/09/02Lawrence BinyonFlight of the Dragon Art-Poetry Beautiful lines of the Japanese poetess Komachi, quoted by L[awrence] Binyon i..
Vol. 4, p. 2471962/09/15James Farl PowersMorte d'Urban Art-Novels Finished [J. F.] Powers’ new novel [Morte d’ Urban, New York, 1962] yesterday ..
Vol. 4, p. 248-491962/09/21Alfred Delp S.J.Prison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp Religion-Contemplation
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Fr. [Godfrey] Diekmann definitely wants me to review the Powers book for Worsh..
Vol. 4, p. 250-511962/09/26Alfred Delp S.J.Prison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp Religion-Contemplation
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Reading the magnificent Prison Meditations of Fr. Delp. In ms. I am to write t..
Vol. 4, p. 251-521962/09/29John of SalesburyMetalogicon History-Middle ages
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This morning, in John of Salisbury, ran across a quote from the Georgics which..
Vol. 4, p. 251-521962/09/29VirgilGeorgics History-Antiquity
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This morning, in John of Salisbury, ran across a quote from the Georgics which..
Vol. 4, p. 2541962/10/07Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple Souls Religion-Mysticism
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And the Mirror of Simple Souls which Etta Gullick sent. What a charming and wi..
Vol. 4, p. 2541962/10/07Joseph Marie ParentDoctrine de la Création dans l’École de Chartres History-Middle ages
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A book has come (from the U. of Minnesota library, borrowed for me by Ray Livi..
Vol. 4, p. 2541962/10/07Thomas AquinasSuma Contra Gentiles Religion-Catholicism A book has come (from the U. of Minnesota library, borrowed for me by Ray Livi..
Vol. 4, p. 2541962/10/08William of ConchesMoralium Dogma Philosophorum Humanities-Philosophy
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The Moralium Dogma Philosophorum of Wm. of Conches is an utterly delightful bo..
Vol. 4, p. 2561962/10/10R.L. PooleMasters of the Schools at Paris and Chartres in John of Salisbury's Time Humanities-Philosophy
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After dinner–reading about Abelard, in R. L. Poole. I have an enormous amount ..
Vol. 4, p. 2621962/10/30Thierry of ChartresHexameron Humanities-Philosophy
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I have been having good discussions in the evening, once a week with Dan Walsh..
Vol. 4, p. 2621962/10/30William of ConchesMoralium Dogma Philosophorum Humanities-Philosophy
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I have been having good discussions in the evening, once a week with Dan Walsh..
Vol. 4, p. 2631962/11/05Denys RutledgeIn Search of a Yogi Geography and Ethnology-Asia
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Saturday I finished a preface to Dom Denys Rutledge’s book In Search of a Yogi..
Vol. 4, p. 2641962/11/13William of ChoncesPhilosophia Mundi Humanities-Philosophy
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Finishing Wm. of Conches’ Philosophia Mundi [Philosophy of the World]–the plan..
Vol. 4, p. 2651962/11/16Ignace LeppChristian Failure Religion-Catholicism Am reading Ignace Lepp’s The Christian Future, which concerns me deeply. I hav..
Vol. 4, p. 2671962/11/24BoethiusDe Hebdomadibus Humanities-Philosophy
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From Chartres back to BBoethius: De Hebdomadibus. Magnificent meditation on be..
Vol. 4, p. 2671962/11/20Ignace LeppFrom Karl Marx to Jesus Christ Religion-Christianity general
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“The trouble is that communism long ago ceased to be a truly progressive force..
Vol. 4, p. 2721962/12/09Harrison Evans SalesburyA New Russia? History-Modern times
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The new book of Harrison Salisbury [A New Russia, New York, 1962] shows there ..
Vol. 4, p. 2741962/12/11Rachel CarsonSilent spring / by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis Darling Social and Political-Ecology and nature I have been shocked at a notice of a new book, by Rachel Carson [Silent Spring..
Vol. 4, p. 2781962/12/18Raïssa MaritainJournal de Raïssa Art-Literature in general
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Jacques Maritain has sent Raissa’s journal, a most moving and lucid and soulcl..
Vol. 4, p. 2811962/12/27Raïssa MaritainJournal de Raïssa Art-Literature in general
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Jacques Maritain sent Raissa’s Journal, a most remarkable book full of clarity..
Vol. 4, p. 2861963/01/05Abraham Joshua HeschelProphets Religion-Judaism Began reading Heschel’s new book, which he sent, on the Prophets [New York, 19..
Vol. 4, p. 2901963/01/18Thomas AquinasDe Divinis Moribus Religion-Catholicism Cleaned out the room yesterday. What a relief! That even the order of my room–..
Vol. 4, p. 2931963/01/23Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Bénédictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello Religion-Mysticism This morning the morning star above in the sky. Read Ruysbroeck’s Livre de la ..
Vol. 4, p. 294-951963/01/28Heinrich Dumoulin S.J.history of Zen Buddhism / Heinrich Dumoulin ; transl. from the German by Paul Peachey Religion-Zen Wm. Miller, of the FOR [Fellowship of Reconciliation] and Paul Peachey of the ..
Vol. 4, p. 2941963/01/26Tyrannius RufinusHistoria Monachorum in Aegypto Religion-Monastic life Last day of retreat. Reading Rufinus Historia Monachorum and also Dialogues of..
Vol. 4, p. 2941963/01/26Sulpicius SeverusDialogues History-Antiquity Last day of retreat. Reading Rufinus Historia Monachorum and also Dialogues of..
Vol. 4, p. 2971963/02/23James BaldwinNobody knows my name Social and Political-Racism
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Have read James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and now Nobody Knows My Name. He ..
Vol. 4, p. 2971963/02/23James BaldwinFire Next Time Social and Political-Racism
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Have read James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and now Nobody Knows My Name. He ..
Vol. 4, p. 2991963/02/26John of the CrossObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa Teresa Religion-Mysticism Found fine things in the Mirror of Simple Souls [Marguerite Porete] (Dia. IX) ..
Vol. 4, p. 2991963/02/26Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple Souls Religion-Mysticism Found fine things in the Mirror of Simple Souls [Marguerite Porete] (Dia. IX) ..
Vol. 4, p. 3011963/03/05Gregorio PencoStoria del monachesimo in Italia: Dalle origini alla fine del medio evo Religion-Monastic life For my Lenten book I have [Gregorio] Penco’s competent History of Italian Mona..
Vol. 4, p. 3041963/03/19Jacques MaritainDream of Descartes Humanities-Philosophy
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I read Maritain’s essay on Descartes today (in connection with Fénelon, but it..
Vol. 4, p. 3061963/03/27Patrick DolanUnity and Reform: Selected Writings of Nicholas of Cusa History-Middle ages
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After dinner began a book on Nicholas of Cusa recently requested by the librar..
Vol. 4, p. 3061963/03/27François de Salignac de La Mothe FénelonLettres Spirituelles Religion-Catholicism
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“Ecoutez Dieu et point vous-même: làest la vraie liberté, paix et joie du Sain..
Vol. 4, p. 3101963/04/02Hannah ArendtEichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Social and Political-Racism
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Adolf Eichmann, in his last words at the foot of the gallows– Declared himself..
Vol. 4, p. 3141963/04/16Étienne GilsonUnity of Philosophical Experience Humanities-Philosophy Reading [Étienne] Gilson’s The Unity of Philosophical Experience [New York, 19..
Vol. 4, p. 3141963/04/20Aelred GrahamZen Catholicism Religion-Zen
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I received a letter from Dom Aelred Graham in answer to a card about his book ..
Vol. 4, p. 316-171963/05/08AmbrosiusHexaemeron Religion-Christianity general
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The other day, on the advice of Notker Balbulus, “If you love God’s creatures,..
Vol. 4, p. 3171963/05/10Leslie DewartChristianity and Revolution History-Modern times
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Les[lie] Dewart has sent the ms. of his important book on Cuba. The first thin..
Vol. 4, p. 3171963/05/08François de Salignac de La Mothe FénelonLettres Spirituelles Religion-Catholicism
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Finished the preface to Fénelon’s letters the other day...
Vol. 4, p. 3191963/05/11Louis MassignonParole donnée / Louis Massignon ; introd. de Vincent Monteil Religion-Christianity general
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“La finalité bistorique doit devenir ‘intérieurement’ et librement intelligibl..
Vol. 4, p. 3221963/05/26Werner HeisenbergPhysics and Philosophy Humanities-Philosophy
Science
Reading [Werner] Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy [New York, 1958], which i..
Vol. 4, p. 3241963/05/29Werner HeisenbergPhysics and Philosophy Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Science
Heisenberg–on the impact of technical and scientific knowledge upon traditiona..
Vol. 4, p. 3261963/06/02Gregorius the GreatHomiliae in Evangelia Religion-Catholicism Redite parvuli fili ad sinum matris vestrae aeternae sapientiae, sugite larga ..
Vol. 4, p. 3281963/06/04GrimlaicusRegula Solitariorum Religion-Contemplation (Contemplativus) res mundi mundo profecit, et seipsum Christo devota mente res..
Vol. 4, p. 3281963/06/05GrimlaicusRegula Solitariorum Religion-Contemplation Peculiariter autem ad professionem nostram pertinet nihil honoris in hac vita ..
Vol. 4, p. 3301963/06/11Dorothy DayLoaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Storey of the Catholic Worker Movement Religion-Christianity general
Social and Political-Social injustice
Proofs of Dorothy Day’s new book came from Harper (with a request for comment)..
Vol. 4, p. 3331963/06/26Anselmus of CanterburyProslogion Humanities-Philosophy
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Have read St. Anselm’s Proslogion [A Discourse] and having for the first time ..
Vol. 4, p. 3341963/06/18R.W. SouthernLife of St. Anselm, Archbisshop of Canterbury Humanities-Philosophy
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I finished my article on St. Anselm and the ontological argument but am still ..
Vol. 4, p. 3371963/07/14Desiderius ErasmusRatio Verae Theologiae Religion-Christianity general
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We have now the new photocopied edition of Erasmus, and I am reading the Ratio..
Vol. 4, p. 3371963/07/14Karl RahnerMary, Mother of the Lord Religion-Catholicism We have now the new photocopied edition of Erasmus, and I am reading the Ratio..
Vol. 4, p. 3401963/07/19Desiderius ErasmusRatio Verae Theologiae Religion-Catholicism
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I am halfway through the Ratio Verae Theologiae of Erasmus, loving the clarity..
Vol. 4, p. 3401963/07/19P. LadeuzeEssai sur le cénobitisme pakhòmien Religion-Catholicism
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Diligebat autem anachoresios plurimos, frequenter expetens solitudinem. Et ill..
Vol. 4, p. 3421963/07/22Karl RahnerMission and Grace: Essays in Pastoral Theology Religion-Catholicism I am reading Karl Rahner’s essays on grace–at least those available in transla..
Vol. 4, p. 3471963/07/29A.M. AllchinSilent Rebellion: Anglican Religious Communities 1845-1900 Religion-Christianity general
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There are some very stirring quotations on religious life, from Anglicans, in ..
Vol. 4, p. 3501963/07/30Georges BernanosJournal d'un curé de campagne Art-Novels “Je crois de plus que ce que nous appelons tristesse, angoisse, désespoir, com..
Vol. 5, p. 31963/08/03Anselmus of CanterburyDe Libertate Arbitrii Religion-Catholicism
Humanities-Philosophy
Finished St. Anselm’s dialogue De Libero Arbitrio today with great enjoyment. ..
Vol. 5, p. 51963/08/09Anselmus of CanterburyDe Veritate Religion-Catholicism
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I am reading St. Anselm’s De Veritate and the delight of the book is mysteriou..
Vol. 5, p. 61963/08/10Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed. Religion-Catholicism
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Have borrowed [Augustine] Baker’s Life of Dame Gertrude More [The Inner Life ..
Vol. 5, p. 111963/08/20Owen ChadwickFrom Bossuet to Newman: the Idea of Doctrinal Development Religion-Catholicism
History-Early modern times
Reading William Owen Chadwick’s excellent essay From Bossuet to Newman – idea ..
Vol. 5, p. 121963/08/23Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed. Religion-Catholicism
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However, I had a good morning (yesterday) working on Baker’s life of Dame Gert..
Vol. 5, p. 141963/09/01Anselmus of CanterburyOrationes et Meditationes Religion-Catholicism Tu ipse elementer dispone me et omnes cogitatus et actus meos in beneplacito t..
Vol. 5, p. 141963/08/28Edmund WilsonApologies to the Iroquois with a Study of the Mohawks in High Steel Geography and Ethnology-North America
History-Early modern times
Social and Political-Racism
Edmund Wilson’s book Apology to the Iroquois is the kind of thing that moves m..
Vol. 5, p. 151963/09/03Robert Charles ZaehnerMatter and Spirit: Their Convergence in Eastern Religions, Marx and Teilhard de Chardin Religion-Christianity general
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Religion-other
[Robert Charles] Zaehner’s new book, Matter and Spirit, is an attempted synthe..
Vol. 5, p. 161963/09/10Augustine BakerInner Life and the Writings of Dame Gertrude More / dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, ed. Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
Spent an hour or more on Baker’s Inner Life of Dame Gertrude carefully reading..
Vol. 5, p. 171963/09/20Karl BarthFides quaerens intellectum : la preuve de l'existence de dieu d'après Anselme de Cantorbéry / Karl Barth ; trad. francaise de Jean Carrère Religion-Protestantism
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I have been able to do a lot of reading. Some on Barth’s view of St. Anselm (v..
Vol. 5, p. 17-181963/09/20Giacomo LeopardiStudy in Solitude Art-Poetry Iris Origo’s life of [Giacomo] Leopardi [Leopardi: A Study in Solitude, 1935] ..
Vol. 5, p. 171963/09/20Jean Paul SartreLiterature & existentialism / Jean Paul Sartre ; transl. from the French by Bernard Frechtman Art-Literature in general
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Sartre’s Literature and Existentialism on the other hand is powerful and convi..
Vol. 5, p. 171963/09/20Morris WestShoes of the Fisherman Art-Novels
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Wasted my time reading Morris West’s Shoes of the Fisherman. Superficial and n..
Vol. 5, p. 181963/09/20Yevgeny YevtushenkoPrecocious Autobiography Art-Literature in general Finally–[Yevgeny] Yevtushenko’s autobiography [A Precocious Autobiography, 196..
Vol. 5, p. 191963/09/23Anselmus of CanterburyCur Deus Homo? Religion-Catholicism Tonight at the grotto, after saying office, read some of the fabulous chapters..
Vol. 5, p. 191963/09/23Jean Paul SartreAge of Reason Art-Novels In contrast I skimmed through Sartre’s Age of Reason which at first (the other..
Vol. 5, p. 201963/09/30Karl BarthDogmatics in Outline Religion-Christianity general
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A magnificent line from Karl Barth. “Everyone who has to contend with unbelief..
Vol. 5, p. 20-211968/10/02Martin LingsMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacy Religion-Islam Yesterday afternoon I finished a remarkable book [Martin Lings, A Moslem Saint..
Vol. 5, p. 221963/10/07Ida Friederike GörresBroken Lights: Diaries and Letters of Ida Görres 1951-1959 Religion-Catholicism
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Yesterday began Ida (Göerres’ diaries which are very lovely. She is one of the..
Vol. 5, p. 221963/10/04Marco PallisWay and the Mountain Religion-Buddhism Two minds more different than those of Karl Barth and Frithjof Schuon would be..
Vol. 5, p. 221963/10/04Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'Islam Religion-Christianity general
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Two minds more different than those of Karl Barth and Frithjof Schuon would be..
Vol. 5, p. 241963/10/09José Maria GironellaOne Million Dead Art-Novels
History-Modern times
Began [José María] Gironella’s One Million Dead...
Vol. 5, p. 241963/10/17Zoé OldenbourgMassacre at Monsegur: A History of the Albigensian Crusade History-Middle ages
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The last time I was in Louisville to see the Doctor I got two books on the Alb..
Vol. 5, p. 241963/10/08Frithjof SchuonComprendre l'Islam Religion-Islam When Schuon writes about Mohammed, one wonders to what extent he is surreptiti..
Vol. 5, p. 251963/10/22Zoé OldenbourgDestiny of Fire Art-Novels
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The book Destiny of Fire, a novel, is far more powerful and “bouleversant” [“u..
Vol. 5, p. 261963/10/24Karl BarthDogmatics in Outline Religion-Protestantism “To be a man means to be situated in God’s presence as Jesus is, that is, to b..
Vol. 5, p. 261963/10/23Raïssa MaritainNotes sur le Pater Art-Literature in general
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The other day I finished a short preface to Julie Kernan’s translation of Raïs..
Vol. 5, p. 271963/10/26Julien GreenEach in His Darkness Art-Novels
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“One thing still holds, and only this one thing is really serious, that Jesus ..
Vol. 5, p. 281963/10/28Anselmus of CanterburyCur Deus Homo? Religion-Catholicism
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I have suddenly grasped the magnificent Chapter I.9 of Cur Deus Homo? [by St. ..
Vol. 5, p. 281963/10/28Anselmus of CanterburyProslogion Religion-Catholicism
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I have suddenly grasped the magnificent Chapter I.9 of Cur Deus Homo? [by St. ..
Vol. 5, p. 291963/10/29Karl BarthDogmatics in Outline Religion-Protestantism Again. Barth’s bestiary. This time the Church is not a snail. “The Church runs..
Vol. 5, p. 301963/10/30Robert Charles ZaehnerHindu and Muslim Mysticism Religion-Hinduism
Religion-Islam
Finally getting into Zaehner’s Hindu and Muslim Mysticism, a remarkable book. ..
Vol. 5, p. 311963/11/05EadmerLife of St. Anselm / ed. R.W. Southern Religion-Catholicism
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There is a wonderful therapeutic atmosphere about Eadmer’s life of Anselm [The..
Vol. 5, p. 32-331963/11/10Robert Charles ZaehnerMatter and Spirit: Their Convergence in Eastern Religions, Marx and Teilhard de Chardin Religion-Zen
Humanities-Anthropology
History-Modern times
Finished some notes on Zaehner’s Teilhardian pamphlet on Matter and Spirit whi..
Vol. 5, p. 331963/11/12Nicholas of CusaOpuscula Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Mysticism
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On the other hand I think that reading Sartre’s L’Être et le néant is going to..
Vol. 5, p. 341963/11/14Nicholas of CusaOpuscula Religion-Christianity general
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Nicholas of Cusa: opening up. Magnificent discovery. I have been on to him for..
Vol. 5, p. 361963/11/20Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli Religion-Catholicism
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Began Anselm’s De Casu Diaboli – not because of yesterday, but I have been int..
Vol. 5, p. 381963/11/25Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli Humanities-Philosophy How close is the tricherie [trickery] of Sartre to the rectitudo of St. Anselm..
Vol. 5, p. 381963/11/25Jean Paul Sartreêtre et le néant : essai d'ontologie phénoménologique / par J.-P. Sartre Humanities-Philosophy How close is the tricherie [trickery] of Sartre to the rectitudo of St. Anselm..
Vol. 5, p. 391963/11/26Jean Paul SartreRespectful Prostitute Art-Literature in general
Social and Political-Racism
Read Sartre’s Respectful Prostitute. All I had ever heard about it ran it down..
Vol. 5, p. 411963/12/01Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli Religion-Catholicism
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The seventeenth chapter of De Casu Diaboli brings up a very modern question – ..
Vol. 5, p. 421963/12/03Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli Religion-Catholicism
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I finished De Casu Diaboli. If a first reading can be said to finish such a bo..
Vol. 5, p. 42-431963/12/03José Maria GironellaOne Million Dead Art-Novels
History-Modern times
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Am well on the way to finishing Gironella’s great book (One Million Dead). Gre..
Vol. 5, p. 431963/12/05[no author]Pilgrimage of Etheria / translation of Peregrinatio Aetheriae Religion-Christianity general
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Another Spanish writer–fourth-century Egeria (Etheria, “Sylvia”) and her amazi..
Vol. 5, p. 451963/12/15Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. Vincent Religion-Christianity general Interesting notes on New Testament anthropology in Werner Georg Kümmel [Man in..
Vol. 5, p. 451963/12/15Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. Vincent Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Anthropology
Of [Rudolf Karl] Bultmann: “Pauline anthropology is as a statement an act of t..
Vol. 5, p. 451963/12/15Tom StonierNuclear Disaster Social and Political-War and Peace questions Reading Tom Stonier’s Nuclear Disaster. A frightful book. Descriptions of the ..
Vol. 5, p. 461963/12/16Werner Georg KümmelMan in the New Testament / trans. John J. Vincent Religion-Christianity general The great value of the Kümmel book is its affirmation, conclusively proven, th..
Vol. 5, p. 471963/12/21Bahya ibn PakudaIntroduction aux devoirs des coeurs / transl. Andrãe Chouraqui, 1943 Religion-Judaism
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Zwi Werblowsky has sent Bahya [ben Joseph] ibn Pakuda in the remarkable [Andrã..
Vol. 5, p. 471963/12/17Maurice Merleau-PontyIn Praise of Philosophy / transl. of Éloge de la philosophy et autres essays (Paris 1960) Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Zen
[Maurice] Merleau-Ponty says: “Nothing can be explained by way of man, for he ..
Vol. 5, p. 481963/12/22Maurice Merleau-PontyIn Praise of Philosophy / transl. of Éloge de la philosophy et autres essays (Paris 1960) Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Zen
Merleau-Ponty says: “Je suis a moi au étant au monde” [“I am to myself as bein..
Vol. 5, p. 511963/12/27Herbert SpiegelbergPhenomenological Movement: a Historical Introduction Humanities-Philosophy Merleau-Ponty and the phenomenology of man’s unfinished business (Herbert Spie..
Vol. 5, p. 52-531964/01/01Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament Research Religion-Protestantism
Religion-Buddhism
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Sense of God all day. Now Bultmann’s idea of God (evening, before Night Watch)..
Vol. 5, p. 541964/01/03Harold John BlackhamSix Existential Thinkers Humanities-Philosophy [Martin] Heidegger’s notion that the realization and acceptance of death is th..
Vol. 5, p. 551964/01/06Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament Research Religion-Protestantism
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Bultmann’s Essays have been a revelation to me, so powerful, so urgent, so imp..
Vol. 5, p. 591964/01/11Rudolf BultmannForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament Research Religion-Protestantism
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Much as I disagree with some of Bultmann’s statements on non-Christian religio..
Vol. 5, p. 601964/01/11Harold John BlackhamSix Existential Thinkers Humanities-Philosophy Blackham, writing of Sartre, says wisely that “popular wisdom” easily accepts ..
Vol. 5, p. 611964/01/13Karl JaspersPlato and Augustine / edited by Hannah Arendt Humanities-Philosophy
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Jaspers talks of the “Augustinian turnabout.” At one moment Augustine is sayin..
Vol. 5, p. 62-631964/01/17Maurice Merleau-PontySignes Humanities-Philosophy
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For Merleau-Ponty our body is not an apparatus which, directed by the Spirit, ..
Vol. 5, p. 63-641964/01/18Petrus AbaelardusEpistolae Religion-Christianity general
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I wonder if anyone reads the monastic letters, etc. of Abelard. They are full ..
Vol. 5, p. 63-641964/01/18Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b. History-Middle ages
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I wonder if anyone reads the monastic letters, etc. of Abelard. They are full ..
Vol. 5, p. 641964/01/18Maurice Merleau-PontySignes Art-Novels “Le romancier tient à son lecteur, et tout homme à tout homme, un language d’i..
Vol. 5, p. 641964/01/18Walker PercyMoviegoer Art-Novels The great impact of Walker Percy’s Moviegoer is that the whole book says in re..
Vol. 5, p. 651964/01/19Anselmus of CanterburyOrationes et Meditationes Religion-Contemplation
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Then this morning in Anselm’s Meditations and Orations–I find his “Digne, cert..
Vol. 5, p. 651964/01/19Maurice Merleau-PontySignes Humanities-Philosophy Merleau-Ponty again–from Husserl–“Penser n’estpasposséder des objets de pensée..
Vol. 5, p. 661964/01/23Maurice Merleau-PontySignes Humanities-Philosophy Magnificent ending of Merleau-Ponty’s essay on Husserl (“Le Philosophe et son ..
Vol. 5, p. 671964/01/25Caesarius of ArlesEpistolae Religion-Catholicism
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Still on Anselm’s Letters–and now too Caesarius of Aries...
Vol. 5, p. 671964/01/25Maurice Merleau-PontySignes Humanities-Philosophy “C’est la ruse majeure du pouvoir de persuader les hommes qu’ils gagnent quand..
Vol. 5, p. 681964/01/26Karl JaspersEuropean Spirit Humanities-Philosophy “What makes us afraid is our great freedom, in face of the emptiness that has ..
Vol. 5, p. 69-701964/02/02Maurice Merleau-PontySens et non-sens Religion-Christianity general
Art-Visual
One of the worst things I have ever done–the absurd enterprise of writing that..
Vol. 5, p. 711964/02/07Jean Paul SartreBaudelaire Humanities-Philosophy
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I emerge at the end of Sartre’s involved meditation on Baudelaire [Eng. trans...
Vol. 5, p. 731964/02/08Georges BernanosChemin de la croix-des-âmes Art-Literature in general
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I have here his Chemin de la croix des armes–written about France in World War..
Vol. 5, p. 741964/02/10Simone Beauvoire, deEthics of Ambiguity Humanities-Philosophy Simone de Beauvoir has this to say, which corrects so many of the clichés abou..
Vol. 5, p. 761964/02/13AmmonasAmmonii Eremitae Epistolae Religion-Christianity general
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One of the great discoveries and graces of this year has been Abbot Ammonas. A..
Vol. 5, p. 761964/02/13Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b. Religion-Catholicism
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St. Anselm, to a monk–to meditate on death and then: “Ab inceptis ergo nulla l..
Vol. 5, p. 76-771964/02/14Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b. Religion-Catholicism
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“Adeo namque vilis mens mea quasi quadam naturali arctatur angustia bonaeque v..
Vol. 5, p. 761964/02/11Simone Beauvoire, deEthics of Ambiguity Humanities-Philosophy An honest statement. “No action can be generated for man without its being imm..
Vol. 5, p. 771964/02/18AmmonasAmmonii Eremitae Epistolae Religion-Christianity general
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“Ut apud te mens nostra tuo depiderisfuequat quae si carnis maceratione cangia..
Vol. 5, p. 801964/02/22Joseph LortzReformation: A Problem For Today Religion-Catholicism
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Is [Joseph] Lortz too severe on Erasmus? Reading him after dinner today I wond..
Vol. 5, p. 901964/03/04Anselmus of CanterburyOpera Omnia / ed. by Franciscus Salesius Schmitt o.s.b. Religion-Catholicism
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I finished the letters of St. Anselm this morning (volumes of Schmitt to go ba..
Vol. 5, p. 90-911964/03/15François BiotRise of Protestant Monasticism Religion-Protestantism
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Two dogs yesterday worrying a dead woodchuck in the fields, disturbed me when ..
Vol. 5, p. 901964/03/14Albert CamusDiscours de Suède Art-Literature in general I read Camus’ Discours de Suede in the University of Louisville library. Fed u..
Vol. 5, p. 901964/03/14C.H. TalbotLife of Christina of Markyate, a Twelfth Century Recluse Religion-Monastic life
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Am reading the life of Christina of Markyate (recluse near St. Albans in the t..
Vol. 5, p. 911964/03/19Heinrich SchlierEleutheros Religion-Christianity general
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I am beginning to be glad I learned (barely) to read German in school, and reg..
Vol. 5, p. 921964/03/24Piotr RawiczBlood from the Sky Art-Novels
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The frightful novel of Piotr Rawicz. Blood from the Sky is a true descent into..
Vol. 5, p. 921964/03/21Heinrich SchlierEleutheros Religion-Christianity general
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Today I finished after several days of continuous work, Schlier’s splendid art..
Vol. 5, p. 941964/04/04Henry Robert McAdooStructure of Caroline Moral Theology Religion-Christianity general Have borrowed [Henry Robert] McAdoo on Caroline Moral Theology [The Structure ..
Vol. 5, p. 941964/04/04Konstantin PaustovskyStory of a Life Art-Literature in general
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I have been reading [Konstantin] Paustovsky with pleasure [The Story of a Life..
Vol. 5, p. 951964/04/13Henri PerrinPriest and Worker: The Autobiography of Henri Perrin Art-Literature in general
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This would be the fiftieth birthday of the Worker Priest Henri Perrin if he we..
Vol. 5, p. 961964/04/13Paul NizanAden Arabie Art-Literature in general
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Note exactly the same torment of conscience in Sartre’s preface to Aden Arabie..
Vol. 5, p. 971964/04/17Vasilii RozanovFace sombre du Christ Religion-Orthodoxy
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Reading [Vasilii] Rozanov–a new selection has come out in French. He is an imp..
Vol. 5, p. 97-981964/04/20Vasilii RozanovFace sombre du Christ Religion-Orthodoxy Deeply impressed by Rozanov in the heat behind the woodshed. A magnificent pie..
Vol. 5, p. 104-051964/05/17PlatoGorgias Social and Political-War and Peace questions
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Yesterday, on the Vigil, a group of the Hibakusha [Note 29: Survivors of the b..
Vol. 5, p. 1071964/05/29Hugo M. Enomiya LasalleZen, Weg zu Erleuchtung Religion-Zen Am reading [R. M.] Enomiya Lasalle, in German, on Zen, and like it [Zen, Weg z..
Vol. 5, p. 1081964/06/02Emmy ArnoldTorches Together: The beginning and Early Years of the Bruderhof Communities Religion-Christianity general Reading the little book on Eberhard Arnold on the Bruderhof [Emmy Arnold, Torc..
Vol. 5, p. 1141964/06/16[no author]Teaching of Maelruain Religion-Christianity general
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Read the Teaching of Maelruain (Rule of Tallaght) and some Irish poems...
Vol. 5, p. 1171964/06/17Auguste JundtAmis de Dieu au quatorzième siècle Religion-Mysticism
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Coming home. Taking off over the Atlantic, clouds over New Jersey, read a bit ..
Vol. 5, p. 1211964/06/23David L. Edwards"Honest to God" Debate: Some Reactions to the Book Honest to God Religion-Christianity general First real interest in the “Honest to God” question.[Note 1: The “question” wa..
Vol. 5, p. 1211964/06/23Kenneth H. JacksonStudies in Early Celtic Nature Poetry Art-Poetry
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Blazing hot, stuffy air, barely moved by a little breeze here in the woodshed...
Vol. 5, p. 1211964/06/26Auguste JundtAmis de Dieu au quatorzième siècle Religion-Mysticism
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I finished the old Jundt book on Les Amis de Dieu which I borrowed from the Co..
Vol. 5, p. 1211964/06/23John A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) RobinsonHonest to God Religion-Christianity general First real interest in the “Honest to God” question.[Note 1: The “question” wa..
Vol. 5, p. 1211964/06/26Rabindranath TagoreOne Hundred Poems of Kabir / translated by Evelyn Underhill Art-Poetry I finished the old Jundt book on Les Amis de Dieu which I borrowed from the Co..
Vol. 5, p. 1221964/06/30Hans KüngCouncil, Reform and Reunion Religion-Catholicism Bob Giroux sent M. Serafian’s The Pilgrim. I have read about twenty-five pages..
Vol. 5, p. 1221964/06/30Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi Martin Religion-Catholicism
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Bob Giroux sent M. Serafian’s The Pilgrim. I have read about twenty-five pages..
Vol. 5, p. 1221964/06/30Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi Martin Religion-Catholicism How badly we need a real spirit of liberty in the Church, it is vitally necess..
Vol. 5, p. 1241964/07/08Alan Orr AndersonAdamnan's Life of Columba / and Marjory Ogilvie Anderson, editors and translators Religion-Christianity general
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I am reading Adamnan’s Life of Columba [1962], one of the great Vitae. Full of..
Vol. 5, p. 1241964/07/10Rafael SquirruChallenge of the New Man: A Cultural Approach to the Latin American Scene Geography and Ethnology-Latin America Rafael Squirru’s “New Man” pamphlet is very provocative. How much this is need..
Vol. 5, p. 1261964/07/12Alan Orr AndersonAdamnan's Life of Columba / and Marjory Ogilvie Anderson, editors and translators Religion-Christianity general
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Deeply moved by Adamnan’s extraordinary life of St. Columba. A poetic work, fu..
Vol. 5, p. 1271964/07/14Edward AndrewsShaker furniture : the craftsmanship of an American communal sect / by Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews ; photos by William F. Winter Art-General
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Must write the preface to E[dward] D[eming] Andrews’ new edition of Shaker Fur..
Vol. 5, p. 1271964/07/14Michael SerafianPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi Martin Religion-Catholicism
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Heschel is convinced that Serafian’s Pilgrim is perfectly right. We both look ..
Vol. 5, p. 1281964/07/18[no author]Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis Religion-Monastic life
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The Navigatio S. Brendani came yesterday from Boston College. I began it this ..
Vol. 5, p. 1281964/07/18Jorge Carrera AndradeInterpretacion de Ruben Darío Art-Poetry Read an excellent piece by [Jorge] Carrera Andrade on Ruben Darío. Important, ..
Vol. 5, p. 1281964/07/18Edward Deming AndrewsReligion in Wood: A Book of Shaker Furniture Art-General
Religion-Christianity general
Yesterday, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Carmel in our Order, I wrote that..
Vol. 5, p. 1291964/07/21Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from Prison Religion-Protestantism
History-Modern times
I sent the article on “Honest to God” to the Commonweal yesterday. Really Bonh..
Vol. 5, p. 1291964/07/21John A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) RobinsonHonest to God Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Protestantism
I sent the article on “Honest to God” to the Commonweal yesterday. Really Bonh..
Vol. 5, p. 1301964/07/21[no author]Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis Religion-Monastic life
History-Middle ages
Finished first reading of the Navigatio Brendani this morning. Interesting mon..
Vol. 5, p. 1301964/07/21Graham GreeneBurnt-Out Case Art-Novels
Religion-Catholicism
Graham Greene’s A Burnt-Out Case–takes this up a bit savagely and very well. T..
Vol. 5, p. 1301964/07/23Graham GreeneBurnt-Out Case Art-Novels
Religion-Catholicism
The Burnt-Out Case is not much of a book, really. It is competent, but is itse..
Vol. 5, p. 1311964/07/28[no author]Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis Religion-Monastic life Interesting background to the Navigatio Brendani–its connection with the Lotha..
Vol. 5, p. 1321964/08/03Robert ArdreyAfrican genesis : a personal investigation into the animal origins and nature of man / Robert Ardrey ; drawings by Berdine Ardrey History-Antiquity
Humanities-Anthropology
Someone has sent a book, African Genesis [by Robert Ardrey]. I had heard of di..
Vol. 5, p. 1321964/08/02William StringfellowMy People Is the Enemy: An Autobiographical Polemic History-Modern times
Social and Political-Racism
Social and Political-Social injustice
I finished [William] Stringfellow’s book on Harlem [My People Is the Enemy: An..
Vol. 5, p. 1331964/08/09Wystab Hugh AudenEnchafèd Flood: or the Romantic Iconography of the Sea Art-Literature in general The other day in Louisville picked up [W. H.] Auden’s “Enchafed Flood” at the ..
Vol. 5, p. 1331964/08/09Herman MelvilleMoby Dick; of the Whale Art-Novels The other day in Louisville picked up [W. H.] Auden’s “Enchafed Flood” at the ..
Vol. 5, p. 1341964/08/09Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from Prison Religion-Protestantism
History-Modern times
La Peste–understandable in the light of Bonhoeffer’s admirable prison letters...
Vol. 5, p. 1341964/08/09Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels Where can I ever read all the novels one is supposed to read? I am, however, f..
Vol. 5, p. 1341964/08/09Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels La Peste–understandable in the light of Bonhoeffer’s admirable prison letters...
Vol. 5, p. 1341964/08/09Raïssa MaritainChagall: Ou l'orage enchantre Art-Visual Raïssa Maritain in her book on [Marc] Chagall [Chagall: Où l’orage enchante, 1..
Vol. 5, p. 1351964/08/12David KnowlesHistorian and Character History-Middle ages
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Last night I dreamed that Dom James suddenly announced that we would have fune..
Vol. 5, p. 1381964/08/21James Midley ClarkAbbey of St. Gall as a Centre of Literature and Art Religion-Monastic life
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Another nice letter from Nora K. Chadwick yesterday. Her sister was a Carmelit..
Vol. 5, p. 1381964/08/21George Scott-MoncrieffScottish Islands Geography and Ethnology-Europe
Religion-Monastic life
Another nice letter from Nora K. Chadwick yesterday. Her sister was a Carmelit..
Vol. 5, p. 1401964/09/01Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik. Religion-Catholicism This morning I began [Hans Urs] Von Balthasar’s Herrlichkeit–a long book to tr..
Vol. 5, p. 141-421964/09/05Robert ArdreyAfrican genesis : a personal investigation into the animal origins and nature of man / Robert Ardrey ; drawings by Berdine Ardrey Humanities-Anthropology I was going to burn some wastepaper, but it is too dry a day. Sent out to the ..
Vol. 5, p. 1491964/09/27Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik. Religion-Catholicism Slowly plugging at Von Balthasar’s Herrlichkeit. Certainly this one central th..
Vol. 5, p. 155-561964/10/17Hans Urs von BalthasarWord and Revelation. Essays in Theology I Religion-Catholicism Von Balthasar’s Word and Revelation excellent. One fine passage where he says ..
Vol. 5, p. 1591964/10/29Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. Merton History-Modern times
Science
Humanities-Sociology
Ferry sent Jacques Ellul’s book on Technology [The Technological Society, 1964..
Vol. 5, p. 1601964/10/31Hans Urs von BalthasarSkitzen zur Theologie Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
An impressive passage in Balthasar’s “Verbum Caro”–a deep and poignant essay. ..
Vol. 5, p. 1611964/11/02Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. Merton History-Modern times
Humanities-Sociology
I am going on with Ellul’s prophetic and I think very sound diagnosis of the T..
Vol. 5, p. 1631964/11/06Jacques Ellultechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. Merton History-Modern times
Humanities-Sociology
I think Ellul is perhaps too pessimistic. Not unreasonably so–but one must sti..
Vol. 5, p. 1631964/11/04Eugène IonescoBold Soprano Art-Literature in general Yesterday I was reading [Eugene] lonesco’s Bald Soprano and laughing myself si..
Vol. 5, p. 1641964/11/10Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz Jägerstätter Social and Political-War and Peace questions
History-Modern times
And it was certainly profitable to read Balthasar and Gordon Zahn’s little boo..
Vol. 5, p. 165-661964/11/16Robert LowellFor the Union Dead Art-Poetry Brother Antoninus [William Everson], tall, bowed, gentle, benevolent, given to..
Vol. 5, p. 1651964/11/12Gordon ZahnIn Solitary Witness. The Life and Death of Franz Jägerstätter Social and Political-War and Peace questions
History-Modern times
Reading proofs of Zahn’s book on the Austrian peasant Jägerstätter, executed b..
Vol. 5, p. 166-671964/11/17Louis MassignonOpera Minora Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
Massignon and Foucauld—both converted to Christianity by the witness of Islam ..
Vol. 5, p. 168-691964/11/22Jean Leclercq O.S.B.Otia Monastica: Études sur le vocabulaire de la contemplation au Moyen âge Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Catholicism
History-Middle ages
Adam the Carthusian (Scotus) in a fine text on quies claustralis [quiet of the..
Vol. 5, p. 1721964/12/01Martin E. MartyVarieties of Unbelieve Religion-Christianity general Finished the Martin Marty book Varieties of Unbelief I am supposed to be revie..
Vol. 5, p. 1731964/12/02Eugène IonescoNotes et contre-notes Art-Literature in general
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Hurray for Ionesco! He has some very good ideas, and here is one of them (agai..
Vol. 5, p. 1741964/12/05Wu Wei WeiAll else is bondage : "non-volitional living" / [by] Wei Wu Wei Religion-Taoism
Art-Literature in generalInterreligious
Meanwhile a little book [All Else Is Bondage: Non-Volitional Living, 1964] by ..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05Wystab Hugh AudenEnchafèd Flood: or the Romantic Iconography of the Sea Art-Literature in general So many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. La..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05William GoldingLord of the Fliles Art-Novels I had a somewhat fearsome night after reading The Lord of the Flies. This a ha..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05Felix GreeneCurtain of Ignorance History-Modern times
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Social and Political-Communism
So many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. La..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05Eugène IonescoFuture Is in Eggs Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
So many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. La..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05Eugène IonescuRhinoceros Art-Literature in general So many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. La..
Vol. 5, p. 1751964/12/05Kenneth H. JacksonStudies in Early Celtic Nature Poetry Art-Poetry
History-Middle ages
So many good books around and in the woodshed after dinner. Pasternak once. La..
Vol. 5, p. 1761964/12/06Eugène IonescoNotes et contre-notes Art-Literature in general Thank God I have been purged of Sartre by Ionesco. I don’t think Ionesco is a ..
Vol. 5, p. 1771964/12/08Stephane LupascoLogique et contradiction Humanities-Philosophy I am reading [Stephane] Lupano in the hermitage [Logique et contradiction, 194..
Vol. 5, p. 178-791964/12/10Daniel CallahanHonesty in the Church Religion-Catholicism Scribners sent Daniel Callahan’s book Honesty in the Church in proof. I will n..
Vol. 5, p. 1811964/12/20Eugène IonescoPiéton de l'air Art-Literature in general Am working on Philoxenus and Ephrem. Yesterday I finished Ionesco’s Le Piéton ..
Vol. 5, p. 1811964/12/22Vladimir LosskyVision de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy Am finally reading Vladimir Lossky’s fine book La Vision de Dieu which reminds..
Vol. 5, p. 1841964/12/29Karlfried Dürckheim, vonJapanese Cult of Tranquility Humanities-Anthropology
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
I finished Von Durkheim, The Japanese Cult of Tranquillity. The best and most ..
Vol. 5, p. 1901965/01/09Clayton EshelmanResidence on Earth / translation of Neruda, Pablo. Residencia en la Tierra Art-Poetry Clayton Eshelman sent his translation of Residencia en la Tierra [by Pablo Ner..
Vol. 5, p. 1901965/01/10Karl JaspersNietsche and Christianity Religion-Catholicism
Humanities-Philosophy
Jaspers says (and this is analogous to a basic principle in Jacques Ellul also..
Vol. 5, p. 1921965/01/17William K. Everson o.p.Tongs of Jeopardy / pseudonym: brother Antoninus Art-Poetry
Religion-Contemplation
In the monastery after dinner I played Brother Antoninus’ record “The Tongs of..
Vol. 5, p. 1921965/01/17Paul GoodmanGrowing up Absurd Humanities-Sociology
History-Modern times
In the monastery after dinner I played Brother Antoninus’ record “The Tongs of..
Vol. 5, p. 1931965/01/17Philip BerriganNo More Strangers Social and Political-War and Peace questions Last week I wrote the preface for Phil Berrigan’s book [No More Strangers, 196..
Vol. 5, p. 1941965/01/22Vintila Horiaseptième lettre. Le roman de Platon Art-Novels
History-Antiquity
Vintila Horia sent me his novel about Plato and I find it extraordinarily beau..
Vol. 5, p. 2021965/02/09Quintus HoraceEpodes Art-Poetry
History-Antiquity
I must admit I am much moved by Horace-as for instance a quote from the Second..
Vol. 5, p. 2121965/03/02Jacques CabaudSimone Weil: A Fellowship in Love Religion-Mysticism
Humanities-Philosophy
I am reading a good biography of Simone Weil, which I have to review for Peac..
Vol. 5, p. 2141965/03/04Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. Viglielmo Religion-Zen
Humanities-Philosophy
Came briefly up to the hermitage after dinner to sweep, get the water bottle t..
Vol. 5, p. 2141965/03/05Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. Viglielmo Religion-Zen
Humanities-Philosophy
Nishida Kitaro–just what I am looking for. For example I see my objection to t..
Vol. 5, p. 2211965/03/26Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Bénédictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello Religion-Mysticism
Religion-Zen
History-Middle ages
Decided to take some bread with coffee this morning instead of fasting (on cof..
Vol. 5, p. 2231965/03/31Alfonso CortesPoemas Nuevos Art-Poetry A collection of poems [Poemas Nuevos] by Alfonso Cortes came, sent by his sist..
Vol. 5, p. 2231965/03/31Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. Viglielmo Religion-Zen
Humanities-Philosophy
Yesterday morning finished Nishida Kitaro’s Study of Good except for the appen..
Vol. 5, p. 2231965/04/03Kitaro Nishidastudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. Viglielmo Religion-Zen
Humanities-Philosophy
This morning I finished the appendix which gives some idea of the full scope o..
Vol. 5, p. 229-301965/04/16Lord Walter NorthbourneReligion in the modern world Religion-Christianity general
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Humanities-Philosophy
Marco Pallis had Lord [Walter] Northbourne send me his really excellent book R..
Vol. 5, p. 2311965/04/17Lord Walter NorthbourneReligion in the modern world Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Contemplation
The last pages of Northbourne’s book are remarkably good, and make clear the c..
Vol. 5, p. 2321965/04/19Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione Carnis Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Religion-Zen
“Fiducia Christianorum resurrectio mortuorum–illam credentes hoc sumus.” [“The..
Vol. 5, p. 2331965/04/23Flannnery O'ConnorEverhthing That Rises Must Converge Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
Then yesterday Flannery O’Connor’s new book [Everything That Rises Must Conver..
Vol. 5, p. 2331965/04/25Flannnery O'ConnorEverhthing That Rises Must Converge Art-Literature in general
Religion-Christianity general
History-Modern times
I wonder if the singular power of Flannery O’Connor’s work, the horror and fas..
Vol. 5, p. 2331965/04/24Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione Carnis Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Tertullian. Certainly I am reading in perfect circumstances (viz., chapter 12 ..
Vol. 5, p. 2351965/04/27Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques Maritain Art-Literature in general
Religion-Catholicism
I received a copy of Jacques Maritain’s Notebooks, from Paris, and have alread..
Vol. 5, p. 2461965/05/10Martin LingsAncient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions Humanities-Anthropology Already a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill aga..
Vol. 5, p. 2461965/05/10Henri Lubac, DeExégèse médiéval: les quatre sens de l'Écriture Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
Already a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill aga..
Vol. 5, p. 2461965/05/10Herbert ReadGreen Child Art-Novels Already a most beautiful week of May has gone by. For part of it I was ill aga..
Vol. 5, p. 2511965/05/25Henri Lubac, DeExégèse médiéval: les quatre sens de l'Écriture Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
For Meditation–part of the morning on the Sapiential books (Vulgate) and in th..
Vol. 5, p. 2511965/05/10Quintus Septimius Florens TertullianusDe Resurectione Carnis Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
For Meditation–part of the morning on the Sapiential books (Vulgate) and in th..
Vol. 5, p. 2531965/06/06Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanBiography of Joseph Duveen, Baron Duveen, 1869-1939 History-Modern times
Art-Literature in general
Art-Visual
On Friday I went to Lexington for some examinations at the clinic (Dr. Fortune..
Vol. 5, p. 2531965/06/06Mai-Mai SzeTao of Painting Religion-Taoism
Art-Visual
On Friday I went to Lexington for some examinations at the clinic (Dr. Fortune..
Vol. 5, p. 2551965/06/11Mai-Mai SzeTao of Painting Religion-Taoism
Art-Visual
I take delight in Mai Mai Sze’s Tao of Painting, a deep and contemplative book..
Vol. 5, p. 2581965/06/23Ernesto CardenalOración por Marily Monroe y otros poemas Art-Poetry Ernesto Cardenal sent his new booklet of poems (“Oración for Marilyn Monroe,” ..
Vol. 5, p. 2601965/06/26Karl SternFlight from Woman Humanities-Philosophy
Humanities-Psychology
Religion-Christianity general
Reading Karl Stern’s Flight from Woman. Some fascinating material (loaded word..
Vol. 5, p. 267-681965/07/11Paris LearyControversy of Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poets Art-Poetry Yesterday the new anthology by Paris Leary and Robert Kelly arrived. Controver..
Vol. 5, p. 270-711965/07/17Jacques EllulPropagandes Humanities-Sociology
History-Modern times
There is no question of the deep inauthenticity of the common life in this mon..
Vol. 5, p. 2711965/07/17John MaccquarrieExtentialist Theology: a Comparison of Heidegger and Bultmann Religion-Protestantism
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
“An important part of the witness of the Church, or in other words an importan..
Vol. 5, p. 2751965/07/25Søren KierkegaardPresent Age Religion-Protestantism Reading [Søren] Kierkegaard–selections from The Present Age. Very fine and com..
Vol. 5, p. 276-771965/08/06Tom WolfeKandy Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby Art-Literature in general Returned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony’s hospital. In a way i..
Vol. 5, p. 2771965/08/06EuripidesIphigenia in Tauris Art-Literature in general
History-Antiquity
Returned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony’s hospital. In a way i..
Vol. 5, p. 2771965/0806Friedrich NietzscheBirth of Tragidy from the Spirit of Music Art-Literature in general
Humanities-Philosophy
Returned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony’s hospital. In a way i..
Vol. 5, p. 2781965/08/10Anselmus of CanterburyDe Casu Diaboli Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
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(I am frightened by the awful clarity of Anselm’s argument in De Casu Diaboli...
Vol. 5, p. 278-791965/08/11Catherine of SienaDialogo breve sulla consumata perfezione / Saint Catherine of Siena ; ed. di Aldo Buonomini Religion-Catholicism
History-Middle ages
“When you are serving others you are apt to be a hypocrite; but when you are s..
Vol. 5, p. 2781965/08/10John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of Zen Religion-Zen In John Wu’s Zen manuscript–this beautiful poem of Tung Shan. For whom have yo..
Vol. 5, p. 2791965/08/11Philip Kapleauthree pillars of Zen : teaching, practice, and enlightenment / comp. & ed., with transl., introd. & notes, by Philip Kapleau ; forew. by Huston Smith Religion-Zen Yesterday, Father [William] Johnston, a Jesuit from Sophia University, Tokyo, ..
Vol. 5, p. 282-831965/08/21Gustaf WingrenMan and the Incarnation: A Study in the Biblical Theology of Irenaeus Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
The Chapter yesterday was not so bad. The day was a joyful one. A lot of gladn..
Vol. 5, p. 2851965/08/26Irenaeus of LyonAdversus Haereses Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Superb passage from Irenaeus (Adversus Haereses, IV XXXIX.2. col. 1110): "Si e..
Vol. 5, p. 286-871965/08/28Gustaf WingrenMan and the Incarnation: A Study in the Biblical Theology of Irenaeus Religion-Christianity general
History-Antiquity
Today–finished Wingren’s book on Irenaeus, which Brother Cuthbert had passed o..
Vol. 5, p. 2911965/09/06Beryl SmalleyStudy of the Bible in the Middle Ages Religion-Christianity general
History-Middle ages
I am reading Beryl Smalley’s Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. A very del..
Vol. 5, p. 2941965/09/11Marguerite PoreteMirror of Simple Souls Religion-Mysticism
Religion-Christianity general
“They have a good foundation,” saith Love, “and high edification that resteth ..
Vol. 5, p. 2991965/09/25Jacques MaritainCarnet de notes / Jacques Maritain Art-Literature in general
Religion-Catholicism
Last evening began again reading parts of Maritain’s Carnets de notes–good thi..
Vol. 5, p. 3001965/09/30Michael HarringtonOther America: Poverty in the United States History-Modern times
Social and Political-Social injustice
The month began in rain and is ending in it–though there were a couple of long..
Vol. 5, p. 3011965/10/06Herbert Eduard ReadIcon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human Consciousness Art-Visual
Humanities-Psychology
Picture of Galla Placidia in H[erbert] Read’s book [Icon and Idea, 1964]. Byza..
Vol. 5, p. 3021965/10/13Josef PieperIn tune with the world : a theory of festivity / Josef Pieper ; transl. from the German by Richard and Clara Winston Humanities-Philosophy
Humanities-Anthropology
I finished Read’s Icon and Idea–Monday finished [Josef] Pieper In Tune with th..
Vol. 5, p. 3021965/10/13Herbert Eduard ReadIcon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human Consciousness Art-Visual
Humanities-Psychology
I finished Read’s Icon and Idea–Monday finished [Josef] Pieper In Tune with th..
Vol. 5, p. 3031965/10/13Eric GillClothes: An Essay upon the Nature and Significance of the Natural and Artificial Integuments Worn by Men and Women Humanities-Anthropology
Humanities-Sociology
Reading Isaac of Stella. Disappointed in Eric Gill’s book on clothes [Clothes:..
Vol. 5, p. 3031965/10/14PlatoSymposium Humanities-Philosophy
History-Antiquity
“When he comes toward the end he will suddenly perceive a beauty of wondrous n..
Vol. 5, p. 3051965/10/18Rainer Maria RilkeDas Buch der Bilder Art-Poetry So I share some of Rilke’s fear and vulnerability, and it is true. “Der Nachba..
Vol. 5, p. 3051965/10/18John Joseph StoudtSunrise to Eternity: A Study in Jacob Boehme's Life and Thought Religion-Mysticism
Humanities-Philosophy
History-Early modern times
[Jakob] Boehme–[Rainer Maria] Rilke. A new climate. Two people I have met in p..
Vol. 5, p. 3071965/10/19Rainer Maria RilkeDas Buch der Bilder Art-Poetry Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr, Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es ..
Vol. 5, p. 3101965/10/30John (abbot) of FordWulfric of Haselbury Religion-Mysticism
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Brother Alberic got (rare) copy of [John of] Ford’s life of Wulfric of Haselbu..
Vol. 5, p. 311-121965/11/04John (abbot) of FordWulfric of Haselbury Religion-Mysticism
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Turned in Wulfric of Haselbury yesterday. There were fine things in it, and I ..
Vol. 5, p. 3111965/11/03Isaac of StellaSermones Religion-Monastic life
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The comet! I heard about it yesterday in the monastery, went out to see it thi..
Vol. 5, p. 3151965/11/11Raïssa MaritainGrandes Amitiés: Souvenirs Religion-Catholicism At supper–read a few pages [in Les Grandes Amitiés: Souvenirs, reprinted 1965]..
Vol. 5, p. 3151965/11/12Sacheverell SitwellMonks, Nuns and Monasteries Religion-Monastic life Finished [Sacheverell] Sitwell on Monks, Nuns and Monasteries and wrote a revi..
Vol. 5, p. 3161965/11/15Rainer Maria RilkeNeue Gedichte Art-Poetry I continue with Rilke (and talked to novices of him yesterday)–often I can’t s..
Vol. 5, p. 319-201965/12/01Paul Evdokimovfemme et le salut du monde : étude d'anthropologie chrétienne sur les charismes de la femme / Paul Evdokimov Religion-Orthodoxy When I got up it was about thirty on the porch and now at dawn it is down to t..
Vol. 5, p. 3191965/11/29Pablo NerudaResidence on Earth Art-Poetry This morning I really opened the door of the Duino Elegies and walked in (prev..
Vol. 5, p. 3191965/11/29Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry
Religion-Christianity general
This morning I really opened the door of the Duino Elegies and walked in (prev..
Vol. 5, p. 319-201965/12/01Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry When I got up it was about thirty on the porch and now at dawn it is down to t..
Vol. 5, p. 3221965/12/05Jacques EllulIllusion politique Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Last evening at supper I began [Jacques] Ellul’s L’Illusion politique. It is s..
Vol. 5, p. 3271965/12/25Edwin Arthur BurttIn Search of Philosophic Understanding Humanities-Philosophy I made my thanksgiving quietly, said Lauds and had a snack and some wine (the ..
Vol. 5, p. 3271965/12/25Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry I made my thanksgiving quietly, said Lauds and had a snack and some wine (the ..
Vol. 6, p. 31966/01/02Robert AdolfsGrave of God: Has the Church a Future? Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Catholicism
Reading E. A. Burtt’s book, sent by him from Cornell – and galleys of a good b..
Vol. 6, p. 31966/01/02Edwin Arthur BurttIn Search of Philosophic Understanding Humanities-Philosophy Reading E. A. Burtt’s book, sent by him from Cornell – and galleys of a good b..
Vol. 6, p. 31966/01/02Eudo C. MasonRilke, Europe and the English-Speaking World Art-Literature in general Reading E. A. Burtt’s book, sent by him from Cornell – and galleys of a good b..
Vol. 6, p. 51966/01/06Kitaro 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. Humanities-Philosophy Reading the [Robert] Schinzinger book of [Kitaro] Nishida’s, [Intelligibility ..
Vol. 6, p. 6-71966/01/15[no author]Rule for Recluses Religion-Monastic life
History-Middle ages
A Rule for Recluses edited by Olgin in Antonianum came on interlibrary loan fr..
Vol. 6, p. 61966/01/12Kitaro 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. Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-ZenInterreligious
Great experience – reading Nishida’s The Intelligible World. How like Evagrius..
Vol. 6, p. 61966/01/13Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry
Humanities-Philosophy
Nishida throws much light on Rilke. He makes clear and explicit what Rilke was..
Vol. 6, p. 7-81966/01/16Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus / translated by J.B.L. Leishman Art-Poetry Finished Nishida’s Intelligible World. As to the Sonnets to Orpheus – German t..
Vol. 6, p. 111966/01/24Ernesto CardenalVida en El Amor Art-Poetry I took a short walk in the hollow behind the hermitage after dinner, then wrot..
Vol. 6, p. 111966/01/24Kitaro 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. Humanities-Philosophy Finished Burtt and Nishida (Unity of Opposites). N. is certainly the one philo..
Vol. 6, p. 121966/01/28Rainer Maria RilkeNeue Gedichte Art-Poetry
Religion-Christianity general
I still read a lot of Rilke and Unamuno – with questions and reservations. The..
Vol. 6, p. 121966/01/28Miguel de UnamunoAgonia del cristianismo Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Art-Poetry
I still read a lot of Rilke and Unamuno – with questions and reservations. The..
Vol. 6, p. 17-181966/01/07[no author]Prajna paramita Sutra Religion-Buddhism In the afternoon, musing on the Prajna paramita Sutra, out at the top of the h..
Vol. 6, p. 171966/02/07Irénée HausherrS.J. Jean le Solitaire (pseudo Jean de Lycopolis), Dialogue sur l'âme et les passions des hommes Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Monastic life
Today I have spent all this time on a discovery. “John the Solitary,” a Syrian..
Vol. 6, p. 181966/02/07Rainer Maria RilkeBook of Hours Art-Poetry Talked on Rilke in Chapter Room and read 3 poems from the Book of Hours – thei..
Vol. 6, p. 201966/02/21Romano GuardiniRilke's 'Duino Elegies': An Interpretation Religion-Christianity general
Art-Poetry
Religion-Catholicism
Rilke again. Rereading the II Elegy and [Romano] Guardini about it. It seems t..
Vol. 6, p. 201966/02/21Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry Rilke again. Rereading the II Elegy and [Romano] Guardini about it. It seems t..
Vol. 6, p. 241966/03/05Chung-Yuan ChangCreativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry Religion-Taoism A fine book on Creativity and Tao by Chang Chung-Yuan from McGill. (Took so lo..
Vol. 6, p. 241966/03/03Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet Art-Poetry Today, warm, grey, went down early for Mass, took a hot bath in the infirmary ..
Vol. 6, p. 301966/03/19MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu Khantipalo Religion-Buddhism Read some Angela of Foligno (I love her admirable, passionate fervor and hones..
Vol. 6, p. 311966/03/21Abu 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-Kader Religion-Sufism
Religion-Islam
Began the book on [Abu’l Q sim] Junayd which Abdul Aziz sent – perhaps will ta..
Vol. 6, p. 381966/04/10EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney Religion-Mysticism
Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
The best thing of all was lying reading Eckhart, or sitting up, when I finally..
Vol. 6, p. 431966/04/22Ned O'GormanProphetic Voices: Ideas and Words of Revolution History-Modern times
Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Social and Political-Social injustice
Cannot eat much, do not feel like work (writing). Am delaying work on the bits..
Vol. 6, p. 441966/04/24[no author]Dhammapada Religion-Buddhism Today – back to meditation on the Dhammapada – something sound to support me w..
Vol. 6, p. 671966/05/21Walker PercyLast Gentleman Art-Novels In the evening to get away from it, began reading Walker Percy’s new novel [Th..
Vol. 6, p. 751966/06/02Anagarika Brahmacari GovindaFoundations of Tibetan Mysticism / pseudonym of Ernst Lothar Hoffman Religion-Buddhism
Religion-Mysticism
Finished [Idries] Shah on Sufism [The Sufis (New York, 1964)] the other day. P..
Vol. 6, p. 751966/06/02Idries ShahSufis / Idries Shah ; introd. by Robert Graves Religion-Sufism Finished [Idries] Shah on Sufism [The Sufis (New York, 1964)] the other day. P..
Vol. 6, p. 841966/06/15Søren KierkegaardSickness unto Death Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
“The self is the relationship to oneself,” Kierkegaard. But not prescinding to..
Vol. 6, p. 841966/06/15Robert C. TuckerPhilosophy and Myth in Karl Marx Humanities-Philosophy
Social and Political-Communism
A good morning, cool and free. I can at least read again. Finished [Robert C.]..
Vol. 6, p. 851966/06/16Albert Camusétranger : roman Art-Novels “Il n’était pas mon père, il était avec les autres [He was not my father, he w..
Vol. 6, p. 861966/06/19Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels The great and deliberate flaw in Camus – a flaw on which he insists – is the “..
Vol. 6, p. 861966/06/17Albert CamusMyth of Sisyphus Art-Novels Went down to concelebrate early, then came back and spent the whole morning on..
Vol. 6, p. 861966/06/19Albert CamusMyth of Sisyphus Art-Novels The great and deliberate flaw in Camus – a flaw on which he insists – is the “..
Vol. 6, p. 881966/06/25Eugenio MontaleOssi di Seppia Art-Poetry Came upon [Eugenio] Montale’s magnificent poem on the sea of ancient wisdom, w..
Vol. 6, p. 911966/06/29Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik. Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Christianity general
I don’t read German well enough to read Von Balthasar in the original, and in ..
Vol. 6, p. 911966/06/29Hans Urs von BalthasarGloire et la croix. Vol 1: Apparition Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Christianity general
I don’t read German well enough to read Von Balthasar in the original, and in ..
Vol. 6, p. 921966/06/30Meister EckhartBeati pauperes spiritus. English. Meister Eckhart's sermon on Beati pauperes spiritu / [Eckhart von Hochheim] ; transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney Religion-Contemplation
Religion-Mysticism
Religion-Christianity general
“Blessed are the pure in heart who leave everything to God now as they did bef..
Vol. 6, p. 95-961966/07/15Fyodor DostoyevskyIdiot Art-Novels Blazing hot yesterday afternoon – I found a good breeze at one of my favorite ..
Vol. 6, p. 951966/07/15Thera NyanaponikaHeart of Buddhist Meditation Religion-Buddhism Blazing hot yesterday afternoon – I found a good breeze at one of my favorite ..
Vol. 6, p. 971966/07/20John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of Zen Religion-Zen Difficult to work (at writing) and difficult to get anyone to do my typing sin..
Vol. 6, p. 981966/07/21[no author]Perfectae Caritatis Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Catholicism
Revising some notes on monastic life – read through the Council Decree Perfect..
Vol. 6, p. 981966/07/20Fyodor DostoyevskyIdiot Art-Novels Reading Dostoievsky’s The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a worl..
Vol. 6, p. 981966/07/20Thera NyanaponikaHeart of Buddhist Meditation Religion-Buddhism Reading Dostoievsky’s The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a worl..
Vol. 6, p. 981966/07/20G. J. WarnockEnglish Philosophy since 1900 Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Reading Dostoievsky’s The Idiot, a marvelous and fascinating book. What a worl..
Vol. 6, p. 991966/07/22John (Jingxiong) WuGolden Age of Zen Religion-Zen Finished the first draft for my preface to John Wu’s book on Zen. It is a grea..
Vol. 6, p. 1011966/07/25Albert Camushomme révolté Art-Novels Am going back to Camus’ L’Homme révolté – and as with Sisyphus I now find I am..
Vol. 6, p. 1011966/07/25Josef Luk HromadkaGospel for Atheists Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Yesterday my chapter talk was on [Josef Luk] Hromadka’s Gospel for Atheists [G..
Vol. 6, p. 1021966/07/27Jean Paul SartreMots Art-Literature in general Am reading Sartre’s Les Mots, a curious, brilliant book, one of his best. An a..
Vol. 6, p. 1031966/07/28William HamiltonRadical theology and the Death of God Religion-Christianity general [William] Hamilton (God is dead) is less interesting than [Thomas J.J.] Altize..
Vol. 6, p. 1031966/07/29G. J. WarnockEnglish Philosophy since 1900 Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
Ludicrous chapter on Metaphysics in Warnock’s English Philosophy Since 1900. T..
Vol. 6, p. 1051966/07/31T.S. EliotSacred Wood Art-Literature in general [T. S.] Eliot’s Sacred Wood remains a book of singular value, one of those boo..
Vol. 6, p. 105-061966/07/31Edwin MuirEstate of Poetry Art-Poetry Small wonder that I have in these weeks walked in the world of folk-song and p..
Vol. 6, p. 107-081966/07/31Edwin MuirEstate of Poetry Art-Poetry I like Edwin Muir’s Norton lectures on poetry – very good one on Yeats, and a ..
Vol. 6, p. 1091966/08/05William HamiltonRadical theology and the Death of God Religion-Christianity general This morning I have finally really begun to dig the God is dead set. Wm. Hamil..
Vol. 6, p. 1111966/08/07Herman HesseSteppenwolf Art-Novels The independence of the Steppenwolf says H[ermann] Hesse, is really only a pse..
Vol. 6, p. 113-141966/08/13Edwin MuirAutobiography Art-Literature in general Yesterday my arm hurt so much I could hardly type a letter (to Dame M[arcella ..
Vol. 6, p. 1131966/08/07Johannes TaulerBook of the Poor in Spirit Religion-Contemplation
History-Middle ages
I walked out in a broad open field in the East Farm (Linton’s) and watched the..
Vol. 6, p. 114-151966/08/15Eugenio MontaleSelected Poems / introduction by Glauco Cambon Art-Poetry I walked in the woods (D[erby] D[ay] place) for a while; read some bits in a s..
Vol. 6, p. 115-161966/08/18René CharFureur et mystère / René Char ; préf. de Yves Berger Art-Poetry Have had difficulties for some time with the verse of René Char – finding it i..
Vol. 6, p. 1171966/08/22René CharFureur et mystère / René Char ; préf. de Yves Berger Art-Poetry Yesterday – a fine sunny afternoon full of white and blue cumulous clouds. Wen..
Vol. 6, p. 1181966/08/27Cesare PaveseHarvesters / Translation from the Italian Paesi Tuoi Art-Novels The spell of Cesare Pavese, a novelist. Italian hill towns in the north or rat..
Vol. 6, p. 1181966/08/27Cesare PaveseMoon and the Bonfires / Translation from the Italian La Luna e i Falò Art-Novels The spell of Cesare Pavese, a novelist. Italian hill towns in the north or rat..
Vol. 6, p. 1191966/08/29Albert Camus - Carnets janvier 1942Carnets janvier 1942 - mars 1951 / Albert Camus Art-Novels Camus in Notebooks, planning a novel: “ … that void, that little hollow in her..
Vol. 6, p. 1201966/09/02[no author]Au coeur même de l'Église. Une recherche monastique: les frères de la Vierge des Pauvres Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
Still using P. Erwin’s Directory for his Brothers of the Virgin of the Poor – ..
Vol. 6, p. 1301966/09/10Paul KleeDiaries of Paul Klee Art-Visual In the U. of L. library, read Sartre on bad faith (can use it – but oversubtle..
Vol. 6, p. 1331966/09/13Marshall McLuhanUnderstanding media : the extensions of man / by Marshall McLuhan History-Modern times Reading Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media. I think it is very important ind..
Vol. 6, p. 134-351966/09/17Albert CamusFall and Exile and the kingdom / [Albert Camus] ; transl. from the French Chute by Justin O'Brien Art-Novels Reread Camus’ “Renegade” and today the “Growing Stone.” I wish to compare them..
Vol. 6, p. 1351966/09/17René CharFureur et mystère / René Char ; préf. de Yves Berger Art-Literature in general Yesterday in the woods I read the whole of René Char Feuillets d’Hypnos [Leave..
Vol. 6, p. 1371966/09/20Jacques Maritainmimeographed conference in December 1964 Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Islam
In the pile of things I have lying around waiting to be read, I picked out tod..
Vol. 6, p. 1401966/09/22Albert CamusMalentendu Art-Novels My reading and study of Camus continues very fruitful. Have now read enough of..
Vol. 6, p. 141-421966/09/22Julien GreenChaque homme dans sa Nuit Art-Novels A letter came today from Julien Green – about my notes on Chaque homme dans sa..
Vol. 6, p. 1431966/09/26Michel MontaigneOn Solitude Humanities-Philosophy In the U. of L. – read Montaigne’s “On Solitude.” I usually find him a bit dis..
Vol. 6, p. 143-441966/09/26Henri MontherlantVa jouer avec cette poussière; carnets 1958-1964 Art-Literature in general In [Henri de] Montherlant’s Va jouer avec cette poussière; carnets 1958–1964 [..
Vol. 6, p. 144-451966/10/04Douglas BushJohn Milton: A Sketch of His Life and Writings Art-Literature in general Have finished Douglas Bush’s excellent little book on Milton [John Milton: A S..
Vol. 6, p. 145-461966/10/04Karl RahnerThe Dynamic Element in the Church (Quaestiones Disputatae) Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Monastic life
“If we had real humility and goodness we would see far more marvels of goodnes..
Vol. 6, p. 1461966/10/04Karl RahnerThe Dynamic Element in the Church (Quaestiones Disputatae) Religion-Catholicism K. Rahner shows why the Church is justified in being suspicious of those who c..
Vol. 6, p. 1481966/10/13Penn JonesForgive My Grieve: A Critical Review of the Warren Commission Report on the Assasination of President John F. Kennedy History-Modern times Penn Jones has been working on the Warren Commission report and his book [Forg..
Vol. 6, p. 1481966/10/13Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps présent Religion-Catholicism
History-Modern times
On the evening of the 6th – Jacques Maritain, John H. Griffin, Penn Jones and ..
Vol. 6, p. 149-501966/10/14Albert Camusétranger : roman Art-Novels The letter preface to an American school edition, L’Étranger (preface of Camus..
Vol. 6, p. 1501966/10/16Albert Camus - Carnets janvier 1942Carnets janvier 1942 - mars 1951 / Albert Camus Art-Literature in general Three small harlequins – two sweetgums and a maple – stand bright against the ..
Vol. 6, p. 1511966/10/27Thich Nhat HanhVietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire Religion-Buddhism
History-Modern times
Finished a preface to Nhat Hanh’s new book [Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, 1..
Vol. 6, p. 1521966/10/28Francois René ChateaubriandVie de Rancé Religion-Monastic life Reading Chateaubriand’s life of Rancé. This too is a fascinating work of art. ..
Vol. 6, p. 1541966/10/31Albert CamusÉtat de siège Art-Novels Am reading Camus’s L’État de siège [State of Siege]. The whole Plague theme is..
Vol. 6, p. 1541966/10/31Albert CamusMalentendu Art-Literature in general Am reading Camus’s L’État de siège [State of Siege]. The whole Plague theme is..
Vol. 6, p. 1551966/11/01Albert CamusÉtat de siège Art-Novels Finished reading Camus’s L’État de siège. It is really lamentable. A disaster...
Vol. 6, p. 1551966/11/01Ulrich MauserChrist in the Wilderness Religion-Christianity general The wilderness theme in the Bible. Am reading a good book on it by Ulrich Maus..
Vol. 6, p. 1561966/11/02Antonin ArtaudŒuvres complètes Art-Novels I went down in the dark and snow to say my three masses early (others are not ..
Vol. 6, p. 1571966/11/04John MiltonParadise Lost Art-Poetry In these circumstances, readings on Paradise Lost have been deeply moving and ..
Vol. 6, p. 1581966/11/11George H. WilliamsWilderness and the Paradise in Christian Thought Religion-Christianity general This morning began reading a fine book of George Williams (Harvard), Wildernes..
Vol. 6, p. 1591966/11/12T.S. EliotOn Poetry and Poets Art-Poetry
Art-Literature in general
Eliot’s essay “What Is a Classic?” is short, brilliant and absurd. His definit..
Vol. 6, p. 1611966/11/14Nathalie SarrautePortrait d'un inconnu : roman / Nathalie Sarraute ; préf. de J.-P. Sartre Art-Novels Delight. Nathalie Sarraute. Finally reading Portrait d’un inconnu [Portrait of..
Vol. 6, p. 1611966/11/16George H. WilliamsWilderness and the Paradise in Christian Thought Religion-Christianity general Great richness for me of the Williams book on Wilderness. So many new areas op..
Vol. 6, p. 1651966/12/02William FauknerGo Down Moses Art-Novels Early morning – reading Faulkner’s The Bear. Glad the time has come for me to ..
Vol. 6, p. 1661966/12/06William FauknerGo Down Moses Art-Novels What a contrast between Faulkner and Sarraute. The clever aridity of the Frenc..
Vol. 6, p. 1661966/12/06William FauknerGo Down Moses Art-Novels Great appetite for Faulkner now. The Bear can be read as a perfect tract on th..
Vol. 6, p. 1661966/12/03Nathalie SarrautePortrait d'un inconnu : roman / Nathalie Sarraute ; préf. de J.-P. Sartre Art-Novels What a contrast between Faulkner and Sarraute. The clever aridity of the Frenc..
Vol. 6, p. 1681966/12/14William FauknerGo Down Moses Art-Novels I am still reading Faulkner. Nothing impresses me as much as The Bear. I suppo..
Vol. 6, p. 173-741966/12/22William FaulknerWild Palms Art-Novels
Religion-Zen
Rinzai and another tremendous bout with Faulkner [The Wild Palms] – this time ..
Vol. 6, p. 1751966/12/29William FaulknerSartoris / William Faulkner ; forew. by Robert Cantwell ; after. by Lawrance Thompson Art-Novels It is good to have accepted a man like Faulkner completely – then you can read..
Vol. 6, p. 1751966/12/29Augustin Hideshi KishiSpiritual consciousness in Zen from a Thomistic theological point of view Religion-Zen
Religion-Catholicism
Finished Fr. [Augustin] Kishi’s book on Zen and St. Thomas [Spiritual Consciou..
Vol. 6, p. 1751966/12/30Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez (ed.)Letters from Mississippi Social and Political-Racism
Social and Political-Social injustice
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Reading Letters from Mississippi – the SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating C..
Vol. 6, p. 1811967/01/01Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez (ed.)Letters from Mississippi Social and Political-Racism
Social and Political-Social injustice
While I was eating breakfast, read in Letters from Mississippi how the SNCC vo..
Vol. 6, p. 1821967/01/04Joseph P. LyfordAirtight Cage History-Modern times
Social and Political-Social injustice
Finished [Joseph P.] Lyford’s book – The Airtight Cage [New York, 1966] – a cl..
Vol. 6, p. 1841967/01/10Romano GuardiniPascal for Our Time Religion-Catholicism
Religion-Christianity general
Pascal is my kind. The [Romano] Guardini work on him [Pascal for Our Time (New..
Vol. 6, p. 1851967/01/10Loren EiseleyFirmament of Time History-Modern times
Humanities-Philosophy
Social and Political-Ecology and nature
Another “natural” for me – Loren Eiseley. Amiya Chakravarty spoke of him and s..
Vol. 6, p. 1871967/01/24William FaulknerWild Palms Art-Novels Sunday was Septuagesima. I am giving talks on Faulkner still (“Old Man”) and r..
Vol. 6, p. 1891967/01/30Theodora KroeberIshi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America Geography and Ethnology-North America
Humanities-Anthropology
History-Modern times
am reading Ishi – which Doris Dana sent. A heartrending book about the last of..
Vol. 6, p. 1911967/02/04William FaulknerEssays, Speeches and Public Letters / ed. James B. Meriwether Art-Literature in general I picked up Faulkner’s Essays, Speeches and Pub[lic] Letters [ed. James B. Mer..
Vol. 6, p. 1911967/02/04Theodora KroeberIshi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America Geography and Ethnology-North America
Humanities-Anthropology
History-Modern times
Finished Ishi. A moving book. The best and the worst in America comes out in i..
Vol. 6, p. 1911967/02/03John Julius NorwichMount Athos Religion-Orthodoxy
Geography and Ethnology-Europe
Yesterday it got cold in the afternoon. Rain, sleet, snow. I walked in the woo..
Vol. 6, p. 1931967/02/06Irénée HausherrPenthos: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Christian East Religion-Orthodoxy Yesterday (Sunday) was out in the woods – reading [Irenée] Hausherr’s Penthos ..
Vol. 6, p. 1941967/02/07Rosemary RuetherChurch Against Itself Religion-Catholicism So Rosemary Ruether in her ms. [The Church Against Itself, 1967] on the Church..
Vol. 6, p. 195-961967/02/09Rosemary RuetherChurch Against Itself Religion-Catholicism Reading Rosemary Ruether’s ms. on the Church. One point she makes is completel..
Vol. 6, p. 1981967/02/14Rosemary RuetherChurch Against Itself Religion-Catholicism Finishing the Ruether ms. Really a question of getting new bearings. The book ..
Vol. 6, p. 2001967/02/19William FauknerGo Down Moses Art-Novels Back to Camus (I have a booklet to write on The Plague. Lee Belford at NYU ask..
Vol. 6, p. 2011967/02/22William FaulknerSound and the Fury Art-Novels Box of Faulkner books came yesterday from Random House. I began The Sound and ..
Vol. 6, p. 2041967/03/10William Carlos WilliamsSelected Essays Art-Literature in general Reading W[illiam] C[arlos] Williams’ Essays in the early morning – they are ve..
Vol. 6, p. 205-061967/03/11Louis Zukofsky"A" 1-12 Art-Poetry Did I mention anywhere here Zukofsky’s two letters. They were beautiful. He li..
Vol. 6, p. 2091967/03/31William FaulknerSound and the Fury Art-Novels Easter Monday morning Pee Wee McGruder came up to finish work on the well digg..
Vol. 6, p. 2091967/03/23Raymond J. NogardLord of the Absurd History-Modern times
Humanities-Anthropology
The new books that came in from Herder & Herder strike me more and more as sup..
Vol. 6, p. 2111967/04/01Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels Doing some notes on Camus’ Plague – (background) for the booklet I am to write..
Vol. 6, p. 2131967/04/07Irénée HausherrSolitude et vie contemplative d'après l'Hésychasme Religion-Orthodoxy
Religion-Contemplation
Hausherr brings out the fact that Athonite Hesychasm precisely bears on solitu..
Vol. 6, p. 2181967/04/15Johannes TaulerBook of the Poor in Spirit Religion-Mysticism On the other hand I know where my roots really are – in the mystical tradition..
Vol. 6, p. 2211967/04/19Pierre DommerguesSaul Bellow Art-Novels [Pierre] Dommergues’ book [Saul Bellow (Paris, 1967)] came yesterday from Pari..
Vol. 6, p. 2261967/05/03Eldridge CleaverSoul on Ice Social and Political-Racism Reading [Frantz] Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth [New York, 1963]), Malcolm X..
Vol. 6, p. 2261967/05/03Franz FanonWretched of the Earth History-Modern times
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Reading [Frantz] Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth [New York, 1963]), Malcolm X..
Vol. 6, p. 2261967/04/28Alex HaleyAutobiography of Malcolm X Art-Literature in general
Social and Political-Racism
History-Modern times
I am reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, which is an impressive book. Took..
Vol. 6, p. 2271967/05/04Franz FanonWretched of the Earth Social and Political-War and Peace questions
History-Modern times
Reading Fanon – and in contrast – stuff about Hippies in S.F. and an illuminat..
Vol. 6, p. 2281967/05/06Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels Very curious. This morning I begin my work on Camus’ Plague and last evening c..
Vol. 6, p. 2291967/05/06Michel FoucaultMadness and Civilization History-Early modern times
Humanities-Psychology
“Did not Diemerbroek know of people stricken with the plague who had been cure..
Vol. 6, p. 2291967/05/07Gerald SykeCool Millennium Humanities-Philosophy
History-Modern times
In the evening I began reading Gerald Syke’s book The Cool Millennium [Englewo..
Vol. 6, p. 2351967/05/14HieronymusVita Sancti Pauli Eremitatae Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Mysticism
As I have been asked to do a piece on Paul the Hermit,13 I reread Jerome’s Vit..
Vol. 6, p. 2371967/05/21George GamowThirty Years that shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Physics History-Modern times
Science
My breakfast reading (which is supposed to be “light” and informative) is now ..
Vol. 6, p. 2381967/05/27Niels BlaedelHarmony and Unity: The Life of Niels Bohr Science
History-Modern times
A beautiful May morning. Limpid clarity. Silence. Birds. Air thick with the sw..
Vol. 6, p. 2381967/05/22Michel FoucaultMadness and Civilization History-Early modern times
Humanities-Psychology
Finished Foucault Madness and Civilization – a really remarkable book. Not sur..
Vol. 6, p. 2381967/05/27Toshihiko IzutsuComparative Study of the Key Philosopical Concepts in Sufism and Taoism Religion-Sufism A beautiful May morning. Limpid clarity. Silence. Birds. Air thick with the sw..
Vol. 6, p. 2421967/06/01Ernst 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. Frank Religion-Christianity general I sit here with a wind breaker on. It is dark. As far as I am concerned it was..
Vol. 6, p. 2421967/06/01Albert Camuspeste Art-Novels I sit here with a wind breaker on. It is dark. As far as I am concerned it was..
Vol. 6, p. 243-441967/06/03Niels BlaedelHarmony and Unity: The Life of Niels Bohr Science
History-Modern times
Last evening: eating sardines and drinking a couple of cans of Schlitz, and re..
Vol. 6, p. 2461967/06/09Franz KafkaCastle Art-Novels I am reading Kafka’s Castle again – this time it hits me harder than before, f..
Vol. 6, p. 2471967/06/10Henri LubacTeilhard de Chardin: The Man and His Meaning / transl. R. Hague Religion-Christianity general Still have not read Teilhard de Chardin and really have no intention of doing ..
Vol. 6, p. 2471967/06/10Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine Milieu Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Still have not read Teilhard de Chardin and really have no intention of doing ..
Vol. 6, p. 248-491967/06/11Franz KafkaCastle Art-Novels The Castle. A fantastically suggestive book for anyone living precisely the ki..
Vol. 6, p. 2481967/06/10Jacques Maritainpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps présent Religion-Catholicism Then there is the ms. of the English translation of Maritain’s Le Paysan de la..
Vol. 6, p. 249-501967/06/12Franz KafkaCastle Art-Novels Finished The Castle except for the fragments at the end. This is I think the t..
Vol. 6, p. 2511967/06/15Lewis MumfordMyth of the machine : technics and human development History-Modern times
Science
The new Mumford book came today from HB&W and I began it. It seems to be excel..
Vol. 6, p. 2541967/06/25Ronald JohnsonBook of the Green Man Art-Poetry Day before yesterday read Ronald Johnson’s long poem The [Book of the] Green M..
Vol. 6, p. 2541967/06/25Henri LubacTeilhard de Chardin: The Man and His Meaning / transl. R. Hague Religion-Christianity general I am reading De Lubac’s book on Teilhard de C. – Commonweal has asked for a re..
Vol. 6, p. 2551967/06/26Albert Camusétranger : roman Art-Novels Importance of really studying Kafka’s Trial is dawning on me. First of all for..
Vol. 6, p. 2551967/06/26Franz Kafkatrial / by Franz Kafka Art-Novels Importance of really studying Kafka’s Trial is dawning on me. First of all for..
Vol. 6, p. 2591967/07/05Albert CamusActuelles I: Chroniques 1944-1948 Art-Novels Also I am back reading Camus – Actuelles I and Kafka’s Trial – and will keep w..
Vol. 6, p. 2671967/07/20Albert CamusRéflexions sur la guillotine Art-Literature in general
History-Modern times
I am working on Camus’s Réflexions sur la guillotine [Reflections on the Guill..
Vol. 6, p. 2711967/08/02Joost Abraham Maurits MeerlooHomo Militans Social and Political-War and Peace questions Reading [Joost] Meerloo’s remarkable manuscript Homo Militans [Militant Man] (..
Vol. 6, p. 2721967/08/02HanshanSurangama 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) Religion-Buddhism Evening. I sit up late again listening to crickets and frogs because I can’t g..
Vol. 6, p. 2741967/08/09Carl AmeryCapitulation: The Lesson of German Catholicism Religion-Catholicism
History-Modern times
Reading Carl Amery’s excellent book on the German Church. Capitulation [New Yo..
Vol. 6, p. 2751967/08/11Carl AmeryCapitulation: The Lesson of German Catholicism Religion-Catholicism
History-Modern times
Finished Carl Amery’s Capitulation. One of the best things I had read on moder..
Vol. 6, p. 2811967/08/22William FaulknerAs I lay dying Art-Novels Reading on “Bantu Prophets,” i.e. the Nativistic Church split-offs in S. Afric..
Vol. 6, p. 2811967/08/22William FaulknerLight in August Art-Novels Reading on “Bantu Prophets,” i.e. the Nativistic Church split-offs in S. Afric..
Vol. 6, p. 2831967/08/30George OrwellPolitics and the English Language Art-Literature in general The Church now being finished there is no more noise of machines from the mona..
Vol. 6, p. 284-851967/09/02Peter NabokovTwo Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior Art-Literature in general
Geography and Ethnology-North America
History-Modern times
Walked barefoot in a mossy spot under oaks and pines reading a new book of whi..
Vol. 6, p. 2851967/09/02Claude Lévi-StraussMythologiques I Humanities-Anthropology Began Claude Lévi-Strauss Mythologiques I yesterday. Very exacting. Real new a..
Vol. 6, p. 2921967/09/18Peter NabokovTwo Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior Geography and Ethnology-North America
History-Modern times
This time, finished Two Leggings – a rather sad, futile sort of book. With all..
Vol. 6, p. 2921967/09/18John Paddock (ed.)Ancient Oaxaca: Discoveries in Mexican Archeology and History Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Humanities-Anthropology
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
This time, finished Two Leggings – a rather sad, futile sort of book. With all..
Vol. 6, p. 2951967/09/30Gaston BachelardPoétique de l'espace Art-General
Art-Visual
I am beginning to get acquainted with G[aston] Bachelard (discovered him throu..
Vol. 6, p. 2951967/09/30Gaston BachelardPsychanalyse de Feu Humanities-Psychology I am beginning to get acquainted with G[aston] Bachelard (discovered him throu..
Vol. 6, p. 2991967/10/07Claude Lévi-Strausscru et le cuit Humanities-Anthropology I am really most excited by the sophistication, versatility, scope, horizons o..
Vol. 6, p. 2991967/10/07Claude Lévi-StraussPensée sauvage Humanities-Anthropology I am really most excited by the sophistication, versatility, scope, horizons o..
Vol. 6, p. 3001967/10/08Claude Lévi-StraussPensée sauvage Humanities-Anthropology Compared with L.-S., Bachelard is flaccid and uninteresting, except for occasi..
Vol. 6, p. 3171967/06/19Albert CamusMyth of Sisyphus Art-Novels I finished Sisyphus in a hurry, bored with its systematic aridity. It is incon..
Vol. 6, p. 3431966/06/24Hans Urs von BalthasarHerrlichkeit. Eine theologische Ästetik. Religion-Catholicism Got up, and during my meditation (having killed an enormous centipede on the w..
Vol. 6, p. 3551966/01/29Kitaro 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. Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Zen
“The world where innumerable individuals, negating each other, are united, is ..
Vol. 6, p. 3571966/02/03Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies / translated into English by James Blair Leishman and Stephen Spender Art-Poetry Distraction – from the illusory expectation of some fulfillment, which in the ..
Vol. 6, p. 3601966/02/12Peter 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 Cajetani Religion-Monastic life Qui autem cellulam perpetuus incolit, ad stabilitatis praeconium de toto corpo..
Vol. 7, p. 31967/10/18Leonard WoolfDownhill Alle the Way. An Autobiography of the Years 1919-1939 Art-Literature in general Last evening at supper (wild rice, barbecued beans, knocked out my stomach) I ..
Vol. 7, p. 61967/10/28Nelson ReedCaste War of Yucatan History-Modern times
Geography and Ethnology-Latin America
Am absorbed and excited by Nelson Reed’s book on The Caste War in Yucatan. It ..
Vol. 7, p. 101967/11/12Kenelm BurridgeMambu: A Melanesian Millenium Humanities-Anthropology
Geography and Ethnology-Australia/Oceania
The Burridge book (Mambu) is excellent..
Vol. 7, p. 141967/11/22Hugo Rahner S.J.Man at Play Humanities-Anthropology Rain and mist all day for St. Cecilia [Feast day]. Hugo Rahner on the sacred d..
Vol. 7, p. 151967/11/25Claude Lévi-StraussTristes tropiques / par C. Lévi-Strauss Geography and Ethnology-Latin America With my meal I was reading Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques. The most “literar..
Vol. 7, p. 151967/11/22Boris PasternakLetters to Georgian Friends / Translated by D. Magarshack Art-Literature in general Pasternak’s Georgian letters are good. Real love for his friends, and contagio..
Vol. 7, p. 181967/11/28Dorothy EmmettNature of Metaphysical Thinking Humanities-Philosophy Today my usual routine was turned upside down-lately I have been intellectuall..
Vol. 7, p. 231967/12/10John Lloyd StephensIncidents of Travel in Yucatan Geography and Ethnology-Latin America Doris Dana sent the Stephens book on Travels in Yucatan and I began it. A fine..
Vol. 7, p. 271967/12/19Matsuo BashoNarrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches / translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa Art-Poetry Reading Basho again. Deeply moved by the purity and beauty of his travel notes..
Vol. 7, p. 321968/01/04HomerIliad / Translated by Robert Fitzgerald Art-Literature in general
History-Antiquity
You shall not die in the bluegrass land of A…. rather the gods intend you for ..
Vol. 7, p. 321967/12/30James MooneyGhost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 History-Modern times
Geography and Ethnology-North America
Humanities-Anthropology
I have [James] Mooney’s wonderful Ghost Dance book finally and am reading the ..
Vol. 7, p. 321967/12/30George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the Inhuman Art-Literature in general
Humanities-Philosophy
I have [James] Mooney’s wonderful Ghost Dance book finally and am reading the ..
Vol. 7, p. 341968/01/05George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the Inhuman Art-Literature in general
Humanities-Philosophy
George Steiner’s book Language and Silence is an important one and I can’t rea..
Vol. 7, p. 341968/01/05William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat Turner Art-Novels
Geography and Ethnology-North America
Social and Political-Racism
Nat Turner is nothing but Styron’s own complex loneliness as a Southern writer..
Vol. 7, p. 351968/01/08Boris PasternakLetters to Georgian Friends / Translated by D. Magarshack Art-Literature in general I finished (Saturday and with additions yesterday) the short piece on Pasterna..
Vol. 7, p. 351968/01/08George SteinerLanguage & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the Inhuman Art-Literature in general
Humanities-Philosophy
George Steiner on Marxist critics, etc. Still interesting, but not the best pa..
Vol. 7, p. 351968/01/08William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat Turner Art-Novels
Geography and Ethnology-North America
Social and Political-Racism
I finished (Saturday and with additions yesterday) the short piece on Pasterna..
Vol. 7, p. 371968/01/10Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from Prison Religion-Christianity general
Social and Political-Racism
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Bonhoeffer says, “It is only when one sees the anger and wrath of God hanging ..
Vol. 7, p. 371968/01/10William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat Turner Art-Novels
History-Modern times
Social and Political-Racism
Yesterday I would have gone to town but it snowed, the roads were bad. I came ..
Vol. 7, p. 371968/01/10William Clark StyronConfessions of Nat Turner Social and Political-Racism
Social and Political-War and Peace questions
Religion-Christianity general
Bonhoeffer says, “It is only when one sees the anger and wrath of God hanging ..
Vol. 7, p. 391968/01/11Dietrich BonhoefferLetters and Papers from Prison Religion-Christianity general Bonhoeffer: “Who stands his ground? Only the man for whom the ultimate criteri..
Vol. 7, p. 411968/01/15David JonesAnathemata Art-Poetry Between ballots, the cloister full of people reading, I read long chunks of Da..
Vol. 7, p. 451968/01/23Reza ArastehFinal Integration in the Adult Personality Humanities-Psychology
Religion-Sufism
I am reading Reza Arasteh’s fine book Final Integration and I think it brings ..
Vol. 7, p. 471968/01/26Martin BuberTen Rungs Religion-Judaism I had Buber’s Ten Rungs in my pocket and couldn’t read a line of it, only look..
Vol. 7, p. 55-561968/02/13Ian JarvieRevolution in Anthropology Humanities-Anthropology
Humanities-Sociology
I am really turned on by social anthropology and cargo cults. Jarvic’s book Th..
Vol. 7, p. 551968/02/12Ronald SegalRace War Social and Political-Racism
History-Modern times
I finished [Ronald] Segal’s badly written but perceptive survey The Race War [..
Vol. 7, p. 581968/02/25Roderick Frazier NashWilderness & the American Mind Social and Political-Ecology and nature
Geography and Ethnology-North America
History-Modern times
Yesterday I wrote a short piece on Wilderness (the Nash book) in the afternoon..
Vol. 7, p. 59-601968/02/26Bronislaw Kasper MalinowskiDiary in the Strict Sense of the Term Humanities-Anthropology
Geography and Ethnology-Australia/Oceania
“Most important…to eliminate states of relaxation or inner emptiness, when inn..
Vol. 7, p. 601968/02/29Robert Eduard DuncanBending the Bow Art-Poetry Tried some books. Carlos Fuentes’ Change of Skin, new, from Farrar, Straus & G..
Vol. 7, p. 601968/02/29Carlos FuentesChange of Skin Art-Novels Tried some books. Carlos Fuentes’ Change of Skin, new, from Farrar, Straus & G..
Vol. 7, p. 601968/02/29David IgnatowRescue the dead : poems Art-Poetry Tried some books. Carlos Fuentes’ Change of Skin, new, from Farrar, Straus & G..
Vol. 7, p. 611968/03/04Peter LawrenceRoad Belong Cargo: A Study of the Cargo Movement in the Southern Madang District Humanities-Anthropology
Geography and Ethnology-Australia/Oceania
Finished Peter Lawrence on Cargo (chiefly Yali), and realize I have to try to ..
Vol. 7, p. 701968/03/21Reza ArastehFinal Integration in the Adult Personality Humanities-Psychology
Religion-Sufism
This afternoon, because of the rain, no workmen came, and I took advantage of ..
Vol. 7, p. 711968/03/23William BlakeComplete writings : with all the variant readings / William Blake ; ed. by Geoffrey Keynes Art-Literature in general And Anitharmon named the Female, Jerusalem the holy Wond’ring she saw the Lamb..
Vol. 7, p. 721968/03/26Thomas J.J. AltizerNew Apocalyps: The Radical Christian Vision of William Blake Religion-Catholicism
Art-Literature in general
And then Hugo Rahner. I have read bits of a new book (Theology of Proclamation..
Vol. 7, p. 721968/03/26Hugo RahnerTheology of Proclamation / Translated from the German: Eine Theologie der Verkündigung Religion-Catholicism And then Hugo Rahner. I have read bits of a new book (Theology of Proclamation..
Vol. 7, p. 741968/03/30John Cohen (ed.)Essential Lenny Bruce Art-Literature in general I have given up on Hugo Rahner’s Theology of Prodamation and on Skinner’s Wald..
Vol. 7, p. 741968/03/30Hugo RahnerTheology of Proclamation / Translated from the German: Eine Theologie der Verkündigung Religion-Catholicism I have given up on Hugo Rahner’s Theology of Prodamation and on Skinner’s Wald..
Vol. 7, p. 741968/03/30B.F. SkinnerWalden Two Art-Novels
Humanities-Psychology
Humanities-Philosophy
I have given up on Hugo Rahner’s Theology of Prodamation and on Skinner’s Wald..
Vol. 7, p. 811968/04/16Italo SvevoConfessions of Zeno / translation of La Coscienza di Zeno 1923 Art-Literature in general Easter Day, grey and stuffy, ended in thunderstorms while I was having supper ..
Vol. 7, p. 821968/04/18AshtavakraAshtavakra gita / Ashtavakra ; transl. by Hari Prasad Shastri Religion-Hinduism Reading a good book by Nasr on Islam. And this afternoon, in the sun, out on t..
Vol. 7, p. 821968/04/18John Cohen (ed.)Essential Lenny Bruce Art-Literature in general Last evening at supper I finished Lenny Bruce. Sometimes he is really inspired..
Vol. 7, p. 821968/04/18Sigmund FreudCivilization and its discontents / Sigmund Freud ; transl. by Joan Riviere Humanities-Psychology Last evening at supper I finished Lenny Bruce. Sometimes he is really inspired..
Vol. 7, p. 921968/05/01Georges PouletStudies in Human Time Humanities-Philosophy
Religion-Christianity general
Three dreams of Descartes are central in his philosophy. They have a religious..
Vol. 7, p. 921968/05/01Charles Augustin Saint-BeuvePort Royal Art-Literature in general The priest, Monsieur de Sainte Martre, he went sneaking out from Paris by nigh..
Vol. 7, p. 931968/05/01Georges PouletStudies in Human Time Religion-Christianity general
Humanities-Philosophy
Pascal said, “It is the joy of having found God which is the source of the sor..
Vol. 7, p. 941968/05/06AshtavakraAshtavakra gita / Ashtavakra ; transl. by Hari Prasad Shastri Religion-Hinduism O’Hare, big fish with tail fins elevated in light smog. One leaves earth. “Not..
Vol. 7, p. 95-961968/05/06Alfred SternSartre, His Philosophy and Existential Psychoanalysis Humanities-Philosophy A. Stern says of Sartre, “Each philosopher can only give the truth of his owne..
Vol. 7, p. 1001968/05/14priest SylvesterDomostroy Religion-Orthodoxy Lecture édifiante [edifying reading]. The Russian priest Sylvester wrote a fam..
Vol. 7, p. 1031968/05/16[no author]Bhagavad Gita Religion-Hinduism Technology as Karma. What can be done has to be done. The burden of possibilit..
Vol. 7, p. 1031968/05/16AshtavakraAshtavakra gita / Ashtavakra ; transl. by Hari Prasad Shastri Religion-Hinduism Technology as Karma. What can be done has to be done. The burden of possibilit..
Vol. 7, p. 106-071968/05/18René DaumalMount Analogue Art-Novels This morning I began looking at the copy of [René] Daumal’s Mount Analogue, wh..
Vol. 7, p. 1071968/05/20René DaumalMount Analogue Art-Novels Evening. Sun setting over Memphis Airport. I have come in a slow prop plane ov..
Vol. 7, p. 1131968/05/30Shin'ishi HisamatsuOn Mutually Going Into the Matter of Self / translated by Gishin Tokiwa Religion-Zen Hisamatsu: natural, rational and Zen spontaneity. “This is true self,” he says..
Vol. 7, p. 1181968/05/21André Ravier S.J.Mystique et les mystiques Religion-Mysticism Reading first part of a book on Sartre which I abandoned, and then bits of [An..
Vol. 7, p. 1211968/05/24Peter NabokovTwo Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior Art-Novels Sunday—Peter Nabokov (whose book Two Leggings I reviewed) showed up with a Pue..
Vol. 7, p. 1251968/06/05Herbert MarcuseOne-dimensional man : studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society / by Herbert Marcuse Humanities-Philosophy
Humanities-Sociology
I am about finished with Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man — a good and important ..
Vol. 7, p. 1301968/06/15René CharRené Char. Présentation par Pierre Guerre. Choix de textes, bibliographie, portraits, fac-similés Art-Poetry I got home and shaved on the porch and had my one meal about 3:30 p.m. Then fe..
Vol. 7, p. 1341968/06/29Frantz FanonBlack skin, white masks / Frantz Fanon ; transl. by Charles Lam Markmann Social and Political-Racism
Humanities-Philosophy
Humanities-Psychology
History-Modern times
I am reading [Frantz] Fanon’s Black Skins, White Masks—a really extraordinary ..
Vol. 7, p. 1341968/06/29Vance PackardNaked Society Humanities-Sociology
History-Modern times
Also reading Vance Packard’s Naked Society—timely enough! The new crime bill n..
Vol. 7, p. 1351968/06/29ShantidevaWay of the Boddhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara Religion-Buddhism I am spending the afternoon reading Santi Deva in the woods near the hermitage..
Vol. 7, p. 1361968/07/03Frantz FanonBlack skin, white masks / Frantz Fanon ; transl. by Charles Lam Markmann Social and Political-Racism
History-Modern times
Humanities-Sociology
Yesterday I finished Fanon’s intelligent, well-written, eminently true book Bl..
Vol. 7, p. 1361968/07/01Friedrich HeilerPrayer: A Study in the History and Psychology of Religion Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Contemplation
Humanities-Psychology
Very hot. One of the hottest days I can remember here. Clammy and stuffy—but w..
Vol. 7, p. 1361968/07/03Søren KierkegaardAttack upon Christendom Religion-Christianity general Today I begin Kierkegaard’s Attack upon Christendom. A fascinating and deeply ..
Vol. 7, p. 1381968/07/03Brother AntoninusPoet is Dead: A Memorial for Robinson Jeffers / pseudonym of William Everson Art-Poetry
Art-Literature in general
New Directions sent me Bro. Antoninus’s book on Jeffers. I began reading it im..
Vol. 7, p. 1381968/0705Søren KierkegaardAttack upon Christendom Religion-Christianity general Attack upon Christendom. How can one laugh and shudder at the same time? The b..
Vol. 7, p. 1401968/07/09Gordon Leff - Heresy in the Later Middle Ages: The Relation of Heterodoxy to Dissent c.1250Heresy in the Later Middle Ages: The Relation of Heterodoxy to Dissent c.1250 - c.1450 Religion-Catholicism
History-Middle ages
Strange thing, this morning: after Mass (St. Albert—hermit) [Feast Day], and c..
Vol. 7, p. 1401968/07/09Darcy O'BrienConscience of James Joyce Art-Literature in general
Religion-Contemplation
Went and lay down dopey for ½ hour, then got up and looked for something new. ..
Vol. 7, p. 1411968/07/12Friedrich HeilerPrayer: A Study in the History and Psychology of Religion Religion-Christianity general
Religion-Mysticism
I am also disappointed in Heiler on Prayer with his black-and-white division o..
Vol. 7, p. 1411968/07/12Darcy O'BrienConscience of James Joyce Art-Literature in general The Darcy O’Brien book on Joyce is simply pathetic. The man seems to have no c..
Vol. 7, p. 1441968/07/21James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young Man Art-Literature in general I went to concelebration but fell asleep. Fr. Anastasius preached against fals..
Vol. 7, p. 1441968/07/21James JoyceDubliners Art-Novels I went to concelebration but fell asleep. Fr. Anastasius preached against fals..
Vol. 7, p. 1441968/07/21James JoyceUlysses Art-Novels I went to concelebration but fell asleep. Fr. Anastasius preached against fals..
Vol. 7, p. 1471968/07/29[no author]Dhammapada Religion-Buddhism I am working on my Joyce review article for the Sewanee. Some of the things sa..
Vol. 7, p. 1471968/07/29Virginia MoseleyJoyce and the Bible Art-Literature in general
Religion-Christianity general
I am working on my Joyce review article for the Sewanee. Some of the things sa..
Vol. 7, p. 1471968/07/29Darcy O'BrienConscience of James Joyce Art-Literature in general
Religion-Christianity general
I am working on my Joyce review article for the Sewanee. Some of the things sa..
Vol. 7, p. 155-1561968/08/18GhazaliDélivrance de l'erreur Religion-Sufism Eating supper I finished Cesare Pavese’s The House on the Hill. Marvelous writ..
Vol. 7, p. 1551968/08/18Cesare PaveseAmong Women Only / translation of Tra donne sole Art-Novels Eating supper I finished Cesare Pavese’s The House on the Hill. Marvelous writ..
Vol. 7, p. 1551968/08/18Cesare PaveseHouse on the Hill / translation of La Casa in Collina Art-Novels Eating supper I finished Cesare Pavese’s The House on the Hill. Marvelous writ..
Vol. 7, p. 1561968/08/20Father Raymond Flanagan O.C.S.O.Relax and Rejoice Religion-Monastic life
Religion-Catholicism
I regret less some of the recent poetry, and especially Cables and Lograire. I..
Vol. 7, p. 1611968/08/27Roland BarthesLast Happy Writer Art-Literature in general Fine bright day. Reading the German book by Schumann on Indonesian Mysticism— ..
Vol. 7, p. 1631968/09/03Amadee HallierMonastic Theology of Aelred of Rievaulx: An Experimental Theology Religion-Monastic life Yesterday I finished the preface to [Amadee] Hallier’s Aelred [of Rievaulx]. T..
Vol. 7, p. 1641968/09/05Chogyam TrungpaBorn in Tibet Religion-Buddhism I am trying to finish reading of important books I can’t take with me. Absorbe..
Vol. 7, p. 1641968/09/05Robert Charles ZaehnerAt Sundry Times Religion-Interreligious
Religion-Hinduism
Religion-Islam
I am trying to finish reading of important books I can’t take with me. Absorbe..
Vol. 7, p. 1671968/09/09Robinson JeffersSelected Poems Art-Poetry And then (10:15) for some unknown reason Is it up late reading Robinson Jeffer..
Vol. 7, p. 1711968/09/11[no author]Tibetan Book of Dead / compiled and edited by Walter Yeeling-Evans-Wenz Religion-Buddhism So now that lies under the dirty [indecipherable] sludge of clouds, the blue s..
Vol. 7, p. 1791968/09/17[no author]Tibetan Book of Dead / compiled and edited by Walter Yeeling-Evans-Wenz Religion-Buddhism Bardo Thodol—your own true nature confronts you as Pure Truth, “subtle, sparkl..
Vol. 7, p. 1801968/09/17George WickesLawrence Durrell & Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence Art-Literature in general I borrowed the letters of Miller and Durrell [Note 3: Lawrence Durrell and Hen..
Vol. 7, p. 187-881968/09/21Vladimir LosskyÀ l'Image et à la Ressemblance de Dieu Religion-Orthodoxy “One will understand the extent to which the anthropological realities of our ..
Vol. 7, p. 196-971968/10/02Hermann HesseJourney to the East / translation of Die Morgenlandfahrt by Hilda Rosner Art-Novels “My own journey and life-goal which had colored my dreams since late boyhood w..
Vol. 7, p. 1981968/10/03Hermann HesseJourney to the East / translation of Die Morgenlandfahrt by Hilda Rosner Art-Novels Then there was Portland (where we were not supposed to be) and the plane fille..
Vol. 7, p. 205-061968/10/15W.Y. (Walter Yeeling) Evans-WentzTibetan yoga and secret doctrines : or, Seven books of wisdom of the great path, according to the late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English rendering / W.Y. (Walter Yeeling) Evans-Wentz ; arr. and ed. with introd. and annot. to serve as a commentary by W. Y. Evans-Wentz ; with Religion-Buddhism I am going home, to the home where I have never been in this body, where I hav..
Vol. 7, p. 2061968/10/15Anne Marie EsnoulRamanuja et la mystique vishnouite Religion-Hinduism
Art-Poetry
Hrishikesa, destroyer of Titans, ogres and canailles [scoundrels], [Note 1: It..
Vol. 7, p. 2091968/10/15Hermann HesseSiddhartha Art-Novels
Religion-Buddhism
Long, long noon. Endless noon. Like Alaska in midsummer. In San Francisco it h..
Vol. 7, p. 2121968/10/17Acariya Maha Boowa NanasampannoWisdom Develops Samadhi / translated from Thai by Bhikkhu Pannavaddho Religion-Buddhism The Thai Buddhist concept of sila, the “control of outgoing exuberance,” is ba..
Vol. 7, p. 2171968/10/20MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu Khantipalo Art-Poetry
Religion-Buddhism
I have been reading the poetry of Milarepa, the great Tibetan yogi, who was bo..
Vol. 7, p. 2231968/10/26SankaracharyaCrest-Jewel of Discrimination Religion-Hinduism Sankaracharya [Note 28: Sankaracharya. one of the most important Hindu theolog..
Vol. 7, p. 2261968/10/27Phra Sasanasobhon (ed.)His Majesty King Rama the fourth Mongkut Religion-Buddhism And amid all this, a pure gem: the little book on King Rama IV Mongkut, Bhikkh..
Vol. 7, p. 2271968/10/28[no author]Tibetan Book of Dead / compiled and edited by Walter Yeeling-Evans-Wenz Religion-Buddhism “Therefore have no fears, have no terror of that deep blue light of dazzling, ..
Vol. 7, p. 2271968/10/29Armand DesjardinsMessage des Tibetains Religion-Buddhism I have much to read: [Giuseppe] Tucci’s The Theory and Practice of the Mandala..
Vol. 7, p. 2271968/10/29Giuseppe TucciTheory and Practice of the Mandala Religion-Buddhism I have much to read: [Giuseppe] Tucci’s The Theory and Practice of the Mandala..
Vol. 7, p. 2391968/11/02Surendranath DasguptaIntroduction to Tantric Buddhism Religion-Buddhism “One is to attain enlightenment and become a Buddha only for the sake of other..
Vol. 7, p. 2401968/11/02Giuseppe TucciTheory and Practice of the Mandala Religion-BuddhismInterreligious
Religion-Christianity general
I talked to Sonam Kazi about the “child mind,” which is recovered after experi..
Vol. 7, p. 2471968/11/03MilarepaSixty songs of Milarepa / transl. by Garma C.C. Chang ; select. and introd. by Bikkhu Khantipalo Religion-Buddhism “It is the tradition of the fortunate seekers never to be content with partial..
Vol. 7, p. 248-491968/11/03Phra Sasanasobhon (ed.)His Majesty King Rama the fourth Mongkut Religion-Buddhism Sankaracharya on the ego (from The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination): “When we sa..
Vol. 7, p. 2521968/11/04T.R.V. MurtiCentral Philosophy of Buddhism Religion-Buddhism Murti on Madhyamika: “Its dialectic is of crucial importance. This dialectic i..
Vol. 7, p. 255-561968/11/05Edward C. Dimock and Denise LevertovIn Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali Art-Poetry
Religion-Hinduism
E. C. Dimock, Jr., on Vaishnava poetry: Vaishnava (Bengali) poetry originated ..
Vol. 7, p. 2561968/11/05Edward C. Dimock and Denise LevertovIn Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali Art-Poetry
Religion-Hinduism
Here are some examples I like from the In Praise of Krishna anthology. The tra..
Vol. 7, p. 257-581968/11/05SankaracharyaCrest-Jewel of Discrimination Religion-Hinduism Sankaracharya on brahman, the real samadhi, etc. (from The Crest-Jewel of Disc..
Vol. 7, p. 2601968/11/06Marco PallisIs There Room for 'Grace' in Buddhism? Religion-BuddhismInterreligious [Note 52: For this and the following quotes see Marco Pallis, “Is There Room f..
Vol. 7, p. 2641968/11/07Dalai LamaIntroduction to Buddhism Religion-Buddhism “Know the sufferings although there is nothing to know; relinquish the causes ..
Vol. 7, p. 2711968/11/11Publius Ovidius NasoMetamorphoses Art-Poetry
History-Antiquity
“Exemploque pari furit omnis turba, suoque Marte cadunt subiti per mutua vulne..
Vol. 7, p. 2761968/11/15Eduard ConzeBuddhist Thought in India Religion-BuddhismInterreligious Conze comments on the fact that communication between East and West has not so..
Vol. 7, p. 2811968/11/17Ruth BenedictChrysanthemum and the Sword Humanities-Anthropology
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
“Dear Father Merriton,” said the note, “Please make yourself at home the momen..
Vol. 7, p. 2811968/11/17Anaïs NinUnder a Glass Bell Art-Literature in general “Dear Father Merriton,” said the note, “Please make yourself at home the momen..
Vol. 7, p. 2871968/11/19Eduard ConzeBuddhist Thought in India Religion-Buddhism “True love requires contact with the truth, and the truth must be found in sol..
Vol. 7, p. 2901968/11/21Eduard ConzeBuddhist Thought in India Religion-Buddhism I finished Murti at Mini. Also all I intend to read of Conze’s Buddhist Though..
Vol. 7, p. 2901968/11/21D.H. LawrenceTwilight in Italy Art-Literature in general “And the ice and the upper radiance of snow are brilliant with timeless immuni..
Vol. 7, p. 2901968/11/21T.R.V. MurtiCentral Philosophy of Buddhism Religion-Buddhism I finished Murti at Mim. Also all I intend to read of Conze’s Buddhist Thought..
Vol. 7, p. 2901968/11/21Tsewang Yishey PembaIdols on the Path Art-Novels I finished Murti at Mini. Also all I intend to read of Conze’s Buddhist Though..
Vol. 7, p. 295-961968/11/24Jules MonchaninDe l'esthétique à la mystique Religion-MysticismInterreligious In his preface to a book by the Abbé [Jules] Monchanin, a Frenchman who became..
Vol. 7, p. 2951968/11/24Bhakta TukaramPoems of Tukaram Art-Poetry
Religion-Hinduism
History-Early modern times
Outside of the window of a Jesuit scripture scholar’s cell, which has been loa..
Vol. 7, p. 3011968/11/27D.H. LawrenceSelected Poems / edited by J. Reeves Art-Poetry I got Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy in Darjeeling and now, here in Madras, a li..
Vol. 7, p. 3041968/11/28Arthur KoestlerLotus and the Robot Religion-MysticismInterreligious
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Dr. Raghavan had had quite a bit to say about his guru, Sankaracharya of Kanch..
Vol. 7, p. 3061968/11/28Surendranath DasguptaIntroduction to Tantric Buddhism Religion-Hinduism Surendranath Dasgupta on idealism: The Ahirbudhnya Samhita is a post-Upanishad..
Vol. 7, p. 3061968/11/29D.H. LawrenceTwilight in Italy Art-Literature in general I read large chunks of Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy and found it boring, espec..
Vol. 7, p. 3071968/11/29Robert KnoxHistorical Relation of Zeilon History-Early modern times
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
“On the West the City of Columbo, so-called from a Tree the natives call Amba ..
Vol. 7, p. 3091968/11/29Elias CanettiAuto-da-Fé Art-Novels
History-Early modern times
Then I went into the Taprobane Hotel and got a bottle of Ceylonese beer which ..
Vol. 7, p. 3111968/11/30Robert KnoxHistorical Relation of Zeilon History-Early modern times
Geography and Ethnology-Asia
Anything going to or coming from the King of Kandy is held sacred, says Knox, ..
Vol. 7, p. 3251968/12/06Herman HesseSteppenwolf Art-Novels “Most men will not swim before they are able to.” [Note 84: Novalis, as quoted..
Vol. 7, p. 3261968/12/06Nathanael WestMiss Lonelyhearts Art-Novels “They had run out of seashells and were using faded photographs, soiled fans, ..
Vol. 7, p. 3271968/12/07Herman HesseSteppenwolf Art-Novels “The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the ..


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