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Books Cited by Merton

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

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

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Date [Source]Author QuotedTitle QuotedQuotation by Merton
[link to full quote]
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 142-43]
 Bhagavad GitaTruthfully I have an enormous obscure subtle thesis that Blake is all full of Indian and Chinese theories of a..
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 144]
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young ManI have read Portrait of the Artist which is certainly a remarkable fine book, and the best thing I have read i..
1938/08/11
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 144]
James JoyceUlyssesI have read Portrait of the Artist which is certainly a remarkable fine book, and the best thing I have read i..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsSaint Augustine's problems are everybody's, except he did not have a war to worry him. The 12th chapter [in ot..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
Marcus Tullius CiceroDe OratoreCicero, De Oratore, recommends stamping your foot during your speech. At least at the beginning of the speech ..
1939/05/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 3]
William WordsworthTrosachs[John] Berryman is right about Wordsworth being a good poet. I read his sonnets in the Oxford Book today. "The..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
Benedetto CroceFilosofia di G.B. VicoI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
Giambattista VicoScienza NuovaI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 4]
James JoyceFinnigans WakeI suppose I am not reading Croce on Vico very carefully [Note 4: Vico's La Scienza Nuovo (1725) is a philosoph..
1939/05/12
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 5]
Robert BridgesMilton's prosodyLast fall I worked hard and today I am up and working too - getting notes on Bridges' Milton's Prosody and eve..
1939/05/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 11]
HerodotusHistoriesHerodotus [Note 10: Merton was reading Herodotus's Histories, the first great prose work in European literatur..
1939/08/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 147]
Valery LarbaudAmants Heureux AmantsI found this French guy Valery Larbaud to be some good guy too. I just got his novel, Amants Heureux Amants, i..
1939/08/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 15]
Ezra PoundCultureEzra Pound's new book Culture is perfectly lousy, his writing disgusting, his opoinions stink, his conceit is ..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsBecause ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition literature has fallen upon confessi..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western WorldA model sentence from Pascal. Maybe everyone who wants to write should, before he even starts, consider this s..
1939/09/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 21]
Jean Jacques RousseauConfessionsBecause ambitious men are absurd, the same suspiciousness towards ambition literature has fallen upon confessi..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 22]
A.O. BarnaboothJournal Intime.Two Quotations: 1 Valery Larbaud - A.O. Barnabooth, Son Journal Intime, p.121 (cf. yesterday remarks on ambiti..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 22]
Blaise PascalProvincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western World2. Pascal - Pensees - VI.408. "Le mal est aise, il y en a une infinite; le bien, presque unique. Mais en certa..
1939/09/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 23]
Thomas AquinasSumma TheologiaeThe difference: Pascal considering man in the light of the fall, original sin, redemption, etc. recognizes as ..
1939/10/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 151]
Thomas AquinasDe Ente et EssentiaOne of the most extraordinarily difficult things I have ever tried to do is understand St. Thomas' De Ente et ..
1939/10/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 37-38]
Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiquesThis Afternoon, read a few pages of Guillaume Apollinaire's Anecdotiques up in the library... [p.38] Biograph..
1939/10/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 40]
George PeeleOld Wives TaleI did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and fount it good. Also more of Apollinaire's Anecdotiques - ful..
1939/10/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 40]
Guillaume ApollinaireAnecdotiquesI did read Peel's "Old Wives Tale" last night and found it good. Also more of Apollinaire's Anecdotiques - ful..
1939/10/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 45]
Dante AlighieriParadiso. English & Italian. The Paradiso of Dante AlighieriBegan reading Dante's Paradiso today, out of Douglaston, after Mass. More splendid than anything else before i..
1939/10/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 51]
Aurelius AugustinusConfessionsAbout prayer... The past and the future, not real. Only the present is real. In eternity "all is present." (Sa..
1939/10/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 58]
Aurelius AugustinusRefutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from entering Religious LifeSaint Thomas, in the Opusculum XVII, "Refutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from ..
1939/10/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 59]
Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. FrancisOn his [Dan Walsh] advice, after he had arranged an interview for me, I went to see Father Murphy, at the mona..
1939/10/22
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 66]
Jules LaforgueComplaintesI think the best modern poetry is being written in France, has been for the last fifty years. Between 1880 and..
1939/10/31
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 80]
Aldous HuxleyThose barren leaves39. "Siena mi fe, disfecemi Maremma." ["Siena gave me life, Maremma took it away."24 ] Dante. Remember it be..
1939/11/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 84]
Thomas AquinasDe Ente et EssentiaThe value of the distinction in De Ente et Essentia, cap. II, where Plato's separate forms are attacked and di..
1939/11/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 86]
Ezra PoundLustraReading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my childish paganism. Announcing what I..
1939/11/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 86]
T.S. EliotWaste LandReading my diary for 1931, which I ought to destroy, I am surprised at my childish paganism. Announcing what I..
1939/11/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 88-89]
James JoyceFinnigans WakeNow look you: there have been three important things that have happened this year 1. The publication of Finneg..
1939/11/20
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 92]
James ThurberLife and Hard TimesI have spent weeks telling my class to write out of their own experience: and they write best when they do, to..
1939/11/20
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 92]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleToday I bought Saroyan's Inhale and Exhale and opened it - very exciting and poignant and funny and terrible a..
1939/11/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 93]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleIt is very interesting and exciting to read Saroyan and it is certain enough that he has some good even if nob..
1939/12/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 97]
Theresa of Avila O.C.D.Interior CastleSaint Theresa [of Avila] - The Interior Castle-says we must not dwell on selfknowledge alone, but pass on from..
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 104]
Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.The books on my bed are Grierson's Metaphysical Poets, Bossuet (whom I haven't read a line of yet), Saroyan, t..
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 102-03]
William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other StoriesWhatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn't apply to the Daring Young Man. Very good. Much better than "I...
1939/12/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 102-03]
William SaroyanInhale and ExhaleWhatever I said about Inhale and Exhale doesn't apply to the Daring Young Man. Very good. Much better than "I...
1939/12/17
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 106]
Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez MejiasLorca is easily the best religious poet of this century. I wish I could stop trying to make judgments-"best in..
1939/12/17
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 108]
William SaroyanDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other StoriesTo tell the class: important what a writer's attitude towards life is. Cf. the Preface to Daring Young Man, wh..
1939/12/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 112]
Aldous HuxleyThose barren leavesI have always had a prejudice against buying a book of short stories. I steered clear of Huxley's Those Barren..
1939/12/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 121]
Herbert J.C. GriersonMethaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.I opened up Grierson's Metaphysical Poets and saw on the page Donne's "Nocturnal upon Saint Lucie's Day": tod..
1940/01/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 122]
Henry Osborn TaylorMedieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle AgesA New Year-it feels like a New Year: a new decade. In his book about The Medieval Mind [Note 27: Henry Osborn..
1940/01/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 135]
Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual ExercisesI have been going through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Not giving them four hours a day but at a..
1940/01/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 134]
Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the LevantI have got Curzon's Monasteries of the Levant from the Library and right away I am going to read it. The seven..
1940/01/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 138]
Aristotleworks of Aristotle / Aristotle ; transl. into English under the editorship of W.D. RossI guess if I want to I can work this down to the old familiar (to me) dilemma of Plato and Aristotle-which one..
1940/01/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 144]
Wystan Hugh AudenDance of DeathW. H. Auden's trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements-parodying trivialities of commercia..
1940/01/24
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 144]
Wystan Hugh AudenOn the FrontierW. H. Auden's trick: ratio-announcers: parody of banal radio announcements-parodying trivialities of commercia..
1940/01/25
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 146]
Francis Aidan GasquetEnglish Monastic LifeGasquet's English Monastic Life [Note 29: Abbot (Cardinal Francis Aidan) Gasquet's (1848-1929) English Monasti..
1940/01/28
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 9]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogionI have just corrected eighty-six English exams in one of which I read: "Chaucer's ABC was a dirty character in..
1940/01/28
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 9]
BonaventuraItinerariumI have just corrected eighty-six English exams in one of which I read: "Chaucer's ABC was a dirty character in..
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 149]
Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the SwanReading Huxley's new book-After Many a Summer and being very uncomfortable about it-it is so bad...
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 150]
Irwin EdmanCandle in the Dark: A Postscript to DespairReading Maritain's Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, stimulating, entertaining, clear, ..
1940/02/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 150]
Jacques MaritainIntroduction to Philosophy / Translated by E. I. Watkin - Foreword by Ralph McInernyReading Maritain's Introduction to Philosophy and finding it very exciting, stimulating, entertaining, clear, ..
1940/02/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 153]
Katherine Anne PorterPale Horse, Pale RiderI just picked up Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Ann Porter, and read the first story, while the afternoon..
1940/03/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 154]
Graham GreeneBrighton RockGraham Greene's Brighton Rock is good all the way from the quotation on the flyleaf, from The Witch of Edmonto..
1940/03/29
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 159-60]
Thomas Philip TerryTerry's MexicoThere exists a figure in American literature who is a very interesting sort of figure, in his own strange way,..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 165]
Aldous HuxleyAfter Many a Summer dies the SwanAll that stuff, since Huxley made such a fool of himself in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, seems to be so ..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
D.H. LawrenceSaint MawrAnother thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I have read a lot before, some place..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
Federico Garcia LorcaRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez MejiasI admit freely that I looked at a couple of García Lorca's poems, from the Poema del Cante Jondo, on the beach..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 194]
Philip TerryTerry's Guide to CubaThe canonazo (cannon shot) fired from Morro Castle at nine p.m. is the signal for many social functions to sta..
1940/04/00
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 166]
Thomas HardyJude the ObscureAnother thing about this room [in Miami]: it smells like some place where I have read a lot before, some place..
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 220]
Francis, Saintlittle flowers of St. Francis. The mirror of perfection. The life of St. FrancisMost of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel that has perplexed three publisher..
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 219]
Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual ExercisesGoing through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius...
1940/05/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 220]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristMost of the time wrote and wrote: a Journal, longhand, in a ledger. A novel that has perplexed three publisher..
1940/05/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 222]
Gregorius the GreatHomiliae in Evangelia"It shall happen to you for a testimony" (Luke, xxi. 13) and Saint Gregory the Great makes the comment that a..
1940/05/28
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 224]
Thomas MannThe Magic Mountain / translation from German Der ZauberbergI am in no mood to read [Thomas Mann's] The Magic Mountain, which is the kind of book I find tedious anyway. I..
1940/06/16
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 8]
Aurelius AugustinusCity of GodMeanwhile I sit in the sun and look at the trees and wear a white tennis hat and wait for it to be August. I h..
1940/10/19
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 238-39]
William EmpsonSeven types of ambiguity / [by] William EmpsonSome of the errata listed in the English Edition of Seven Types of Ambiguity are funny .To excuse one sentence..
1940/10/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 240-41]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi[After several quotations from S.Bonaventura commentaria in librum secuncum sententiarum] Visio beatifica: the..
1940/10/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 243]
 Sir Gawain and the Green Knightread Sir Gawain and the Green Knight again today and it is one of the best books in the world, the gayest and ..
1940/11/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 247-48]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi"Infinitum dicitur dupliciter, scilicet per privationem perfectionis; et sic materia dicitur infinita, et tali..
1940/11/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 250]
John DonnePoems of John Donne / ed. H.J.C. GriesronThe other thing I have just understood for the first time is Donne's Ecstasy. I have been reading it for years..
1940/11/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 250-51]
Robert HerrickHesperides: or the Works both Humane and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. / British Poets, edited by F.J. ChildAnother thing: I am no longer sore at Herrick, or not as sore as I was. I think he is a Highschool boy, yes. B..
1940/11/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 256]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient MarinerThe first time I ever read the Ancient Mariner was in Saint Antonin, when I was about eleven. The Mayor's olde..
1940/11/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 259]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingA week ago today I bought Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling at the Oxford University Press, and have since talk..
1940/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 262]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingI have read more of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. Fr. Philotheus laughed uproariously for happiness when I..
1940/12/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 275]
BonaventuraItinerariumFor Saint Bonaventure there is no distinction between charity and sanctifying grace. Charity is sanctifying gr..
1941/01/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 283]
Leon BloyCelle qui pleure. Notre Dame de la SaletteFoolishly I talked about Bloy's book Celle qui Pleure [She Who Weeps] and the old lady thought, concerning the..
1941/01/16
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 291-295]
Anselmus of CanterburyProslogion[Eleven quotations of Saint Anselm Proslogion Cap. I, c. 226-236] d.d. januari 14-16, 1941..
1941/01/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 296]
Leon BloyWoman Who Was PoorI will go back to reading the The Woman Who Was Poor. And the Woman Who Was Poor is some novel! The second par..
1941/02/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 481]
Paul ValeryVariety"In numerous minds is to be found the coexistence of faith and atheism, of anarchy in the sentiments and of so..
1941/02/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 304]
Dante AlighieriInferno. English & Italian. The Inferno of Dante AlighieriBut it is still the best epic poem, the best poem, I ever read - I mean the wholeDivine Comedy...
1941/02/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 301]
T.S. EliotWaste LandThis morning, sitting alone at a big empty table in the vasty hall of the caf' I reflected upon the elegant wo..
1941/02/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 305]
Dylan Thomas18 PoemsI've got a book of poems by Dylan Thomas and I can't put the book down. I read him in Horizon and it was a goo..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 307]
BonaventuraItineris Mentis in DeumLong quotation of S. Bonaventura Itineris Mentis in Deo. Cap. II.7...
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
E.M. ForsterPassage to IndiaThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Richard HughesIn HazardThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Robert BridgesMilton's prosodyThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/02/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 308]
Robert CurzonVisits to Monasteries in the LevantThat spring in that front room on Perry Street I read some good books. Hopkins' letters; Bridges' Milton's Pro..
1941/03/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 317]
Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoeThen tonight I read Robinson Crusoe and when he comes on the island I was knocked flat at the wonder of what a..
1941/03/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 320-21]
BonaventuraItineris Mentis in DeumLong quotations from S. Bonaventura Itin. Ment. in Deum. Cap III...
1941/03/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 328]
BonaventuraCommentarius in secundum librum Sententiarum Petri LombardiSaint Bonaventure on the problem of the relation of the intellect, memory and will, to the substance of the so..
1941/04/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 337]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoS. BERNARDI DE DILIGENDO DEO. Causa diligendi Deum, Deus est; modus, sine modo diligere. Cap. 1. ["The cause o..
1941/04/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 337]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristAnd they must; that is part of His kindness: for if church windows and psalms and hymns always filled us, ever..
1941/04/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 339]
Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus BoethiusDe Consolatione PhilosophiaeThe process may take days-or years. We think we possess some idea; then, by a series of accidents, through a l..
1941/04/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 338-39]
Thomas a KempisImitation of Christ"Write My words in thy heart, and think diligently on them; for they will be very necessary in the time of tem..
1941/04/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 342-453]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoSeveral quotations from Bernard of Clairvaux. De Diligendo Deo..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 356]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyLeaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], then to the Public Library: there ..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 356]
Evelyn WaughThey were still dancingLeaving Gethsemani was very sad....I went to the Cathedral [of Louisville], then to the Public Library: there ..
1941/04/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 357]
Graham GreeneJourney without MapsDifference between the First and Second Times I spent a few hours in Louisville, between trains... The first t..
1941/05/05
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 360]
Graham GreeneAnother MexicoAlso I had just finished reading Greene's book about Mexico. The one about Africa, that I glanced at in Louisv..
1941/05/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 364]
P. MandonnetDante le Theologien. Introduction à l'intelligence de la Vie, des Oevres et de l'Art de Dante AlighieriThen I was less happy reading Mandonnet's "Dante le Theologien." It makes you slightly unhappy to read a guy ..
1941/05/14
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 366]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyAn argument I had with Bill Fineran in the Gold Rail Bar, in 1936; I was attacking the Church, and said the ex..
1941/06/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 376]
George Gordon CoultonFrom Saint Francis to DanteI just refrained from heaving out the window the only book I've tried to read in weeks except stuff about Dant..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
F.W. Bateson ed.Cambridge Bibliography of English LiteratureI am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge's Guide to Reference Books but other b..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Graham GreeneAnother MexicoRight this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene's book about Mexico is better than Brighton Rock, and also ..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Graham GreeneBrighton RockRight this minute I am inclined to think G. Greene's book about Mexico is better than Brighton Rock, and also ..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
Isadore Gilbert MudgeGuide to Reference BooksI am distressed at having to pay so much attention to things like Mudge's Guide to Reference Books but other b..
1941/06/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 377]
John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosThe other night I read some of Saint John of the Cross' Cantico Espiritual which I understood much better than..
1941/07/06
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 379]
Federico Garcia LorcaAsí que pasen cinco añosI also like Lorca's "Así que Pasen Cinco Años." The rugby player, the child and the cat (some scene) the mann..
1941/07/06
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 378]
Jean CocteauGrand EcartToday I reread the scene where Jacques and Germaine quarrel over the stupid lines from Victor Hugo, "Gall, ama..
1941/07/13
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 379]
Etienne GilsonGod and Philosophy"True metaphysics does not culminate in a concept, be it that of thought, of good, of one or of substance. It ..
1941/08/04
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 383]
Edward LeenProgress through Mental PrayerA cleric lends me Leen's Progress through Mental Prayer which is pretty good...
1941/08/21
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 385-86]
Leon BloyInvendable.I am not as sore at religious as the Baroness [is]-or Leon Bloy. No reason why I should not be except for the ..
1941/08/28
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 386]
Leon BloySalut par les Juifs"Les Juifs ne se convertiront que lorsque Jesus sera descendu de sa Croix, et precisement Jesus ne peut en des..
1941/08/31
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 389]
Leon BloyDans les Tenèbres"Entre l'homme, revêtu involontairement de sa liberte, et Dieu depouille volon-tairement de sa puissance, l'an..
1941/09/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 392]
Damon RunyonDamon Runyon OmnibusI read Damon Runyon whom I never, until this, read. He is good because of his style. I laughed more at him tod..
1941/09/02
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 394-402]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristSeveral quotations of De Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis in Latin with English translation..
1941/09/05
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 402]
Leon BloyDans les TenèbresI just finished reading Bloy's Dans le Tenebres. One of the things I liked best about it was his wife's prefac..
1941/09/18
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 409]
Leon BloyMon JournalLeon Bloy's Vocation (in a letter-Mon Journal, p. 71.) "Pourquoi ne supposeriez-vous pas que ma vocation est p..
1941/09/26
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 410]
Coventry PatmorePoemsIn spite of a stupid, pompous, inanity stuck in the front of the Phoenix Library Edition of [Coventry] Patmore..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Aurelius AugustinusDe Beata VitaWhere did all the rest of the time go-? I taught two classes, corrected some papers, read a few pages of [Chri..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Christopher DawsonProgress and Religion. A Historical InquiryWhere did all the rest of the time go-? I taught two classes, corrected some papers, read a few pages of [Chri..
1941/09/30
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 417]
Francis Aidan GasquetHenri VIII and the English MonasteriesAnd yet I have done altogether too much sleeping with my face in a book-today I went to sleep in Chapter I of ..
1941/10/03
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 421-22]
Aldous HuxleyGray EminenceIt would not be true to say I got mad reading the review of Huxley's new book Gray Eminence in Time... I don'..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 431-32]
Henri GheonSainte Therèse de LisieuxI have just read straight through Gheon's book about Saint Theresa of Lisieux and am knocked out by it complet..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 434]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersThe Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and the "Book of Job" and the Dark Night of t..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 433]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersBut in any case, one thing is clear (while it is impossible to grasp the seriousness of her sacrifice of heave..
1941/10/08
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 434]
Søren KierkegaardFear and TremblingThe Ascent of Mount Carmel and Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and the "Book of Job" and the Dark Night of t..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
 MabinogionWhat is being talked about in the Mabinogion is more like Homer than Keats or Hugo, and therefore it is Romant..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic IdealI read in F. L. Lucas' Decline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal a series of quotations illustrating the term "Ro..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
John KeatsEve of St. AgnesKeats takes the content of his imagination and builds a fairy palace and invites himself to a poor substitute ..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeKubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A FragmentColeridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Coleridge, like a surrealist, desc..
1941/10/10
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 435]
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRime of the Ancient MarinerColeridge sometimes gets up to the heights of real myth,too. Keats, seldom. Coleridge, like a surrealist, desc..
1941/10/11
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 436-37]
Frank Laurence LucasDecline and Fall of the Romantic Ideal"I like Blake often, but I like Hardy better." This, which is not the best written short sentence in the Engl..
1941/10/12
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 437-38]
Ivor Armstrong RichardsColeridge on ImaginationWhatever may be wrong with I. A. Richards' notions of Coleridge on Imagination, Lucas is far more wrong about ..
1941/11/01
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 448]
Aldous HuxleyGray EminenceI have got Gray Eminence-which seems good so far. There, the big problem is that a man who convinced himself t..
1941/11/09
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 476]
Charles BaudelaireFleurs du malIn all evil, there is something holy perverted. The dialectic between the good that underlies evil and the evi..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 454-55]
Aldous HuxleyEnds and MeansI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Etienne GilsonSpirit of Medieval PhilosophyI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Evelyn UnderhillMysticism. Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual ConsciousnessI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
G.F. LaheyGerard Manley HopkinsI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Jacques MaritainArt and ScholasticismI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young ManI spent maybe the whole afternoon writing a letter to Aldous Huxley and when I was finished I thought "who am ..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 455]
Leon WiegerBouddhisme chinoisI was reading about Hopkins' conversion when I dropped the book and rushed out of the house and went to see Fr..
1941/11/27
[Jnl 1 ('39-'41) p. 456]
Lewis MumfordCulture of CitiesOr do I want to go to Gethsemani because it is a perfect society, even in the natural order? Is it because las..
1942/11/21
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 166]
Teresa of AvilaAutobiographyAll these things I read in St. Augustine: the Commentary on the Psalms, the Book on the Sermons on the Mount, ..
1945/19/27
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 20]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloI read much Duns Scotus, who when it comes to psychology, at any rate, fills in certain big gaps that leave yo..
1946/10/00
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 18]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloFather Timothy [Vander Vennet] remarked to us, in the course of a philosophy class, how much Reverend Father s..
1946/12/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 31]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseI have been reading Duns Scotus's Oxoniense III, distinction 18, on Christ's will and His love. Scotus is real..
1947/01/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 36]
Edmond MartèneVoyage Litteraire de Deux Benedictins de la Congragation de Saint Maure / co-author Ursin DurandI am fascinated by [Edmond] Martène and [Ursin] Durand's Voyage Litteraire de Deux Benedictins [Paris, 1717]. ..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 42]
 Cloud of UnknowingTomorrow I begin the retreat. Yesterday I read a couple of chapters of The Cloud of Unknowing. Every time I pi..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Marie Michel PhiliponDoctrine Spirituelle de Soeur Elisabeth de La TriniteSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 43]
Pieter Meer de Walcheren, van derParadis BlancSince being in the monastery I have been hit that way by St. Theresa's Way of Perfection, chapter on distracti..
1947/03/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 46]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveSt. John of the Cross' Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn't be anything better as a prepar..
1947/03/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 46]
John of the CrossPrecautionsSt. John of the Cross' Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn't be anything better as a prepar..
1947/03/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 50]
John of the CrossPrecautionsFor the rest of my religious life I want with God's help to dispose myself for His work in me, to which I am n..
1947/03/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 54]
Godefroid BelorgeyPratique de l'oraison mentale. T1: Oraisons ordinaires. T2 Oraisons mystiquesThere Dom Godefroid [Belorgey]'s Chapters in the morning generally have something in them to keep souls direct..
1947/03/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 53]
John of the CrossPrecautionsThe visitation is in full swing. If I had kept my resolution about following the Cautions of St. John of the C..
1947/04/29
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 69]
Un Religieux ChartreuxLa Vie Contemplative son rôle apostoliqueI read a little pamphlet from Parkminster on the contemplative, his place in the Church (not La Vie Contemplat..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/00
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 170]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsThe autobiography [The Seven Storey Mountain] comes along slow. Haven't seen page proofs. Bob Giroux must be v..
1947/05/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 73]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoI read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth chapter of De Diligendo Deo [On the..
1947/05/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 73]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones in Cantica CanticorumI read some St. Bernard [of Clairvaux] on the Mystical Marriage. The tenth chapter of De Diligendo Deo [On the..
1947/05/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 76]
 Meditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'annee. Three VolumesFrom Parkminster came three volumes of Meditations Cartusiennes. I did not think I would find anything in them..
1947/06/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 85]
John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosHowever, I see nothing for me to write that is not simply a song about His Love and about contemplation. Every..
1947/06/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 86]
 Meditations Cartusiennes pour tous les jours de l'annee. Three VolumesIn the four weeks since Pentecost I have found much valuable help in those little books of Meditations Cartusi..
1947/08/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 98]
Casimir GaillardinLes Trappistes, ou, L'ordre de Citeaux au XIX siècle: l'histoire de la Trappe depuis sa fondatione jusque'à nos joursAnselme Dimier's La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it proposes to want to dispel: that the..
1947/08/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 98]
Anselm DimierLa Sombre Trappe. Les legendes et la veriteAnselme Dimier's La Sombre Trappe [Paris, 1946] creates the impression it proposes to want to dispel: that the..
1947/08/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 104]
William of St. ThierryExpositio Altera in CanticaI thought for a moment, and with nostalgia, of the old days when I got so much consolation out of the Cisterci..
1947/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 105]
Guigo IMeditationsI don't think as much of Guigo I's Meditations as I once thought I might. Very lapidary, but not on an interes..
1947/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 105]
Paul ClaudelConnaisance de l'EstPaul Claudel's verse bores me but his poetic prose about the Orient is wonderful. I have never read anything a..
1947/09/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 111]
BonaventuraItinerariumThe Feast of his Stigmatization coincides for us with the transferred Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cros..
1947/10/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 125]
Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and PoetryLaughlin sent Patrice de la Tour du Pin's Dedicated Life and Poetry [which appeared as part of La Somme de Poe..
1947/10/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 127]
Patrice Tour du Pin, de laDedicated Life and PoetryI have tried again to read Patrice de la Tour du Pin and sometimes find him very antipathetic. All that stuff ..
1947/10/26
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 128]
 Cloud of UnknowingThe only thing that gave me any relief today was when I looked in The Cloud of Unknowing for a moment at the c..
1947/11/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 130]
Deodat Basly, deDeux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Scot et de S. ThomasThe last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Sc..
1947/11/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 130]
Frederick William FaberGrowth in HolinessThe last two days or so I have been reading Deodat de Basly [Les deux grandes ecoles catholiques de B. Duns Sc..
1947/11/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 131]
Johannes Duns ScotusOpus OxonienseFor the first time I really saw into something of the import of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity in lines from ..
1947/11/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 140]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloThe day before the retreat began, two volumes of the Wisques translation (French) of Ruysbroeck arrived [Oeuvr..
1947/12/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 146]
Johannes Duns ScotusReportationes Parisiensis / o.f.m.Reading Duns Scotus' Reportationes III on the Incarnation...
1947/12/16
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 146]
Robert LowellLord Weary's CastleYesterday Lord Weary's Castle by Robert Lowell came and it is terrific. Harcourt Brace sent it after I had beg..
1947/12/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 148]
Leon BloyWoman Who Was PoorThe Church at Bricquebec was remodeled by an architect, a converted Communist. And Dom Marie Joseph said he wo..
1948/02/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 167]
Jan RuusbroecOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest HelloBut, on the other hand, I read Ruysbroeck with joy, all about immediate contact with God, "meeting" Him in th..
1948/02/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 171]
 Exordium Magnum CisterciensaeThis week I don't think de Rance was as bad as people sometimes say. Reading the Exordium Magnum, I find those..
1948/02/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 170]
Bernardus of ClairvauxDe Diligendo DeoThe Lenten Book (De Diligendo Deo) is, from the point of view of my own interest and alertness to its value, t..
1948/02/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 172]
Jean Berthold MahanOrdre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au milieu du XIIIe siecle (1098-1265)I looked at the new history by Jean Berthold Mahan [L'Ordre cistercien et son gouvernement, des origines au mi..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 175]
Marbodus RedonensisOpusculaYesterday I discovered that there were marvelous poets in the 12th century. I never knew it except by vague he..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 175]
Vital LehodeySaint AbandonSunday night I got two hours' sleep and Monday I was staggering around in a fog. With trembling hands I took d..
1948/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 176]
William of St. ThierrySpeculum FideiNos adoramus quod scimus. [We adore what we know.] I wonder if William of St. Thierry quotes that. He ought to..
1948/03/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 183]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsAfter dinner I sat here in the sun and read T. S. Eliot's Four Quartet, or rather East Coker and part of The D..
1948/03/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 191]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteOne of the big graces of Holy Week came by surprise yesterday. External graces almost always do come that way,..
1948/03/28
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 194]
Wilhelm SchamoniFace of the SaintsIn the library I lookesd at that marvelous book The Faces of the Saints [by Wilhelm Schamoni, London, 1948], p..
1948/04/11
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 198]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI read over St. John of the Cross' Cautions, which were the things I had in mind to keep when I made solemn pr..
1948/04/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 199]
Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en FranceThe two volumes of Marcel Aubert on Cistercian architecture in France finally arrived. Fr. Anselme Dimier got ..
1948/05/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 205]
Matthias Joseph ScheebenMysteries of ChristianityI looked into [Matthias Joseph] Scheeben's Mysteries of Christianity [St. Louis,1946] and found some good page..
1948/05/17
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 206-06]
Godefroid BelorgeyHumilite BenedictineBut providentially Dom Godefroid Belorgey's new book, L'Humilite Benedictine [Paris, 1948], came in at that mo..
1948/05/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 206]
Marcel AubertArchitecture cistercienne en FranceI am reading the Aubert book on Cistercian Architecture, and it is fine. I think of those monasteries. I am tr..
1948/05/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 208]
Giovanni PapiniLetters of Pope Celestine VIFr. Raymond lent me [Giovanni] Papini's new book, The Letters of Pope Celestine VI [New York, 1948], and altho..
1948/05/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 209]
Godefroid BelorgeyHumilite BenedictineIn Dom Godefroid's book on humility I find out a lot about the real life and spirit of our Order, the life tha..
1948/06/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 210]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsI wouldn't mind being recognized as a poet if I really were a poet. But it gives me comfort to read poets who ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
Evelyn WaughDecline and FallI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
Evelyn WaughVile BodiesI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/02
[Ltrs: CforT p. 5]
James JoyceUlyssesI have always considered you to be about the best living writer we've got. You do not need to be told that if ..
1948/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 227]
John of the CrossPrecautionsTomorrow we choose the one who is to lead us for a certain time to God, to make saints of us. I got time to th..
1948/09/03
[Ltrs: CforT p. 6]
Robert Graves and Alan HodgesReader over Your ShoulderIt has been quite humiliating for me to find out (from [Robert] Graves and [Alan] Hodge [authors of The Reader..
1948/09/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 229]
Robert Graves and Alan HodgesReader over Your ShoulderOne good thing. Evelyn Waugh sent me a fine book to help me to write better, The Reader over Your Shoulder by ..
1948/09/07
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 230]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandIn Dom David Knowles' new book (Religious Orders in England [volume I of 3, Cambridge, 1948]) I found a few fi..
1948/09/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 233]
BonaventuraItinerariumDay and night I think about St. Francis and about poverty as I re-read the seventh chapter of St. Bonaventure'..
1948/10/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 239]
Gerald EllardChristian Life and WorshipThis morning I got the idea that perhaps I ought to be reading something about the subdiaconate, since my ordi..
1948/10/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 240]
John of the CrossObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa TeresaBeautiful stuff in a Letter of St. John of the Cross to the Nuns of Beas (Carta V) [Letter 5, vol. 3]: Veremos..
1948/11/03
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.I Sing of a MaidenI would like to assure you that I was very glad to get that beautiful big book, I Sing of a Maiden & the only ..
1948/11/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.Give Joan a SwordIt would be inhuman for a person to resist the temptation to answer such a beautiful letter as your last one, ..
1948/11/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 188]
Therese Lentfoehr S.D.S.I Sing of a MaidenIt would be inhuman for a person to resist the temptation to answer such a beautiful letter as your last one, ..
1949/01/29
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 273]
 Rituel Propre de l'Abaye de CisteauxI was reading in the Rituel Propre de Cîteaux that at Cîteaux they read nothing but St. Bernard at the reading..
1949/02/09
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 279]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesInto the middle of all this came [Antonin] Sertillanges' La Vie Intellectuelle [Paris, 1944] which might have ..
1949/02/10
[Ltrs: CforT p. 24]
F.D. Joret o.p.Dominican LifeBut in any case, what amused me was that the Father who wrote the article asserted that "the degree of union w..
1949/02/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 280]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesNow"”about La Vie Intellectuelle-it would be a nice feat to prove that it is not diametrically opposed to St. ..
1949/02/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 281]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesOn the other hand there could be a way of being humble and following Sertillanges, and nobody can say whether ..
1949/02/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 283]
Antonin Gilbert SertillangesVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodesMore pages in Sertillanges that made me laugh"”the ones about getting up in the middle of the night to scribbl..
1949/02/24
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 305]
F.D. Joret o.p.Dominican LifeTalking about the active apostolate: the Thomist got after me for something I said. I felt it was rather flatt..
1949/03/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 287]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristYesterday Seeds of Contemplation arrived and it is very handsome. The best job of printing that has ever been ..
1949/04/14
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 302]
Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. CorinThere are also a lot of good things in [Johannes] Tauler whom I like very much-when he is explained by notes l..
1949/05/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 306]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandI remember also the fragments of information I have heard about Dom David Knowles who is a much subtler and mo..
1949/05/13
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 192]
William of St. ThierryGolden EpistleI am busy trying to learn how to say Mass. My health is all right, except that I have a vile cold at the momen..
1949/05/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 314]
John of the CrossLiving Flame of LoveI can't read anything but St. John of the Cross. I opened The Living Flame at the line Rompe la tela de este d..
1949/07/09
[Ltrs: CforT p. 25]
Jean-Baptiste PorionSainte Trinite et la Vie IntereureDom Porion sent me his delightful book on the Holy Trinity and the interior life, and on every page I found ec..
1949/07/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 333]
Jean-Baptiste PorionSainte Trinite et la Vie IntereureDom Porion sent me a little book he wrote anonymously, La Sainte Trinite et la Vie Interieure [Paris, 1948], a..
1949/07/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 339-40]
Johannes TaulerSermons de Tauler : traduction sur les plus anciens manuscrits allemands / par les RR. PP. Hugueny, Thery, O. P. et A. L. CorinI have found many good things in Hugeny's Theological Introduction to his translation of Tauler [Sermons de Ta..
1949/07/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 11]
Evelyn WaughBrideshead RevisitedThe Month has been paying me for my effusions by sending me books. One of them was The Loved One. I was having..
1949/07/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 11]
Evelyn WaughLoved OneThe Month has been paying me for my effusions by sending me books. One of them was The Loved One. I was having..
1949/08/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 344]
Thomas AquinasSumma TheologiaeThe short Prologue of St. Thomas to his Summa Theologiae is a very beautiful paragraph containing a whole disc..
1949/08/05
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 345-46]
Thomas AquinasCommentary on the Gospel of St. JohnI find an interesting passage in St. Thomas' commentary on St. John, Chapter I (Lectio XIV), the place where J..
1949/08/11
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 353]
Paul Philippe O.P.Très Sainte Vierge et le SacerdoceTo my great joy, Fr. Paul Philippe's book, La Très Sainte Vierge et le Sacerdoce [Paris, 1947] arrived the day..
1949/08/19
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 357]
L.C. FillionStudy of the Bible[Louis Claude] Fillion, a Scripture scholar whom I am appointed to read, encourages young priests to study Heb..
1949/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 359]
Aurelius AugustinusExposition on the Book of PsalmsAnd I was turning over in my mind some sentences from St. Augustine's commentary on the 118th psalm. They conc..
1949/08/22
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 360]
L.C. FillionStudy of the BibleMy friend, the Abbe Fillion, has written a book that is in some ways strange. However, it is very good-especia..
1949/08/26
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 362]
L.C. FillionStudy of the BibleMy pious Abbe Fillion suggests that, when we are stumped and cannot find out the meaning of a passage of Scrip..
1949/09/13
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 367]
John ChapmanSpiritual LettersI find consoling lines here and there in Dom Chapman's Spiritual Letters [The Spiritual Letters of Dom John Ch..
1949/11/25
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 373]
Gregory of NyssaDe vita MoysisIn the refectory we are reading Exodus and I have discovered St. Gregory of Nyssa's De Vita Moysis [Life of Mo..
1949/12/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 374]
Kenneth PatchenDark KingdomKenneth Patchen's "For losing her love all would I profan" struck me with great force and after a moment I re..
1949/12/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 375]
John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosThere is supposed to be a special group coming to the vault after Benediction on Sundays and Feasts to talk ab..
1949/12/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 377]
Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids BriggeI am abashed by the real solitude of Rilke which I admire, knowing, however, it is not for me because I am not..
1949/12/17
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 380]
John of the Crosscántico espiritual / [Saint John of the Cross] ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez BurgosWalking back from the barns in the warm sun on the muddy road between the orchard and the vegetable garden wit..
1949/12/20
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 380-81]
Rainer Maria RilkeNotebooks of Malte Laurids BriggeRilke's Notebooks have so much power in them that they make me wonder why no one writes like that in monasteri..
1949/12/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 384]
Aurelius AugustinusCity of GodSt. Augustine, of Adam in Eden: vivebat fruens Deo, ex quo bono erat bonus [He lived in the joy of God, and by..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
 Cloud of UnknowingI like Kenneth Patchen's Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond interesting the surface of my mind. ..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Dom Alexis PresseBela Just: Les IlluminesI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Evelyn WaughBrideshead RevisitedI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Evelyn WaughLoved OneI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Graham GreeneHeart of the MatterI like the Augustinian themes in [Brice] Parain's Mort de Jean Madec [Paris, 1945] yet I would not know whethe..
1949/12/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 390]
Kenneth PatchenDark KingdomI like Kenneth Patchen's Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond interesting the surface of my mind. ..
1949/12/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 391]
Henri Watson FowlerDictionary of Modern English UsageEvelyn Waugh got Burns, of Hollis and Carter, to send me a copy of Ward Fowler's Modern English Usage as an in..
1950/00/00
[Ltrs: SofC p. 19]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI had been hoping to meditate a little on the Cautions of St. John of the Cross. I have at least glanced throu..
1950/01/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 392]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecThere is a beautiful passage on manual labor in La Mort de Jean Madec. It tells me one reason why I like the b..
1950/01/09
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 396-97]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecReading the sixth chapter of La Mort de Jean Madec-where Blaise is summoned before the conseil de discipline [..
1950/01/12
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 399]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecLa Mort de Jean Madec is a magnificent tract against angelism. It is a tract on transcendence and immanence. I..
1950/01/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 401]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de DiversisSt. Bernard's Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by accident when I set out to look for the..
1950/01/21
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 401]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecSt. Bernard's Sermon 110, De Diversis, which I stumbled on just now by accident when I set out to look for the..
1950/01/27
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 403]
Bernardus of ClairvauxEpistolae Opera OmniaThe more I read St. Bernard and the Cistercian Fathers, the more I like them. There was a time when I was temp..
1950/01/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 15]
Henri Watson FowlerDictionary of Modern English UsageIt is some time since I have given an account of myself. [Tom] Burns sent a copy of Fowler and I am very grate..
1950/01/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404]
 Didachè"Let grace come and let the world pass away. Hosanna to the Son of David." These words are from the Didache. ..
1950/01/30
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404]
Brice ParainMort de Jean MadecThe Greeks say that interior silence is not perfect unless it is centered upon the Name of Jesus. For they do ..
1950/01/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404-05]
Bernardus of ClairvauxSermones de DiversisHesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I came across it in the Etudes Carmel..
1950/01/31
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 404-05]
John CassianJoannis Cassiani Opera omnia cum amplissimis commentariis Alardi Gazæi in hoc parisiensi editione, contra quam in lipsiensi, textui continenter ad majorem commoditatem lectoris subjacentibusHesychasm-is that the English word for it?-has been my latest discovery. I came across it in the Etudes Carmel..
1950/02/23
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 411]
T.S. EliotFour QuartetsI came out of choir yesterday morning after the distribution of the ashes and put on our shoes and socks in th..
1950/03/01
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 413]
 Song of RolandSo [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infinitely better than Virgil or the ..
1950/03/01
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 413]
HomerIliad / Translated by Robert FitzgeraldSo [Book of] Josue is my favorite epic. I like it better than The Iliad, infinitely better than Virgil or the ..
1950/04/08
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 429]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteLouis Bouyer has a marvelous chapter on the connection between the Resurrection and the founding of the Church..
1950/04/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 20]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardThat is why I feel that your works are so tremendously helpful, dear Father. Your St. Bernard Mystique is alto..
1950/04/22
[Ltrs: SofC p. 20]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueThat is why I feel that your works are so tremendously helpful, dear Father. Your St. Bernard Mystique is alto..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 24]
Jean DanielouPlatonisme et theologie mystique. Essay sur la doctrine spirituelle de Saint Gregoire de NysseI wish I could give you some information on St. Bernard in his relation to the Greek Fathers. I have none of m..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 25]
Jean DanielouSigne du temple ou De la presence de DieuI am extremely eager to get Fr. Bouyer's new book on monasticism, but have not yet been able to do so. I feel ..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 23]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueYour remarks on St. Bernard's ideas of Scripture are extremely important to me. I have been meditating on your..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 25]
Louis BouyerVie de saint Antoine par saint AthanaseI am extremely eager to get Fr. Bouyer's new book on monasticism, but have not yet been able to do so. I feel ..
1950/10/09
[Ltrs: SofC p. 23]
Vladimir LosskyEssay de la theologie mystique de l'Eglise d'OrientYour remarks on St. Bernard's ideas of Scripture are extremely important to me. I have been meditating on your..
1950/10/10
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 435]
Pierre EmmanuelQui est cet homme?There are times when ten pages of some book fall under your eye just at the moment when your very life, it see..
1950/12/03
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 444]
John of the CrossPrecautionsI am haunted by the Cautelas of St. John of the Cross. Especially the second, against the flesh, against solic..
1950/12/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 445]
Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the WoodsAfter those beautiful pages on morning and on being awake, Thoreau writes in his Walden: "I went to the woods ..
1950/12/08
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 446]
Henry David ThoreauWalden or Life in the WoodsCompare the basic asceticism in Walden with that of St. John of the Crossagreement on the fundamental idea-not..
1950/12/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 18]
Evelyn WaughHelenaThis letter has two purposes: to thank you for Helena and to wish you a holy Christmas"”and even a merry one, ..
1951/03/04
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 452]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersShall I re-read the bits in The Ascent of Mount Carmel about the memory? They seem to do me so much good-alway..
1951/04/06
[Jnl 2 ('41-'52) p. 454]
Jean CayrolPoèmes de la nuit et du brouillardcamps. When first arrested, they dreamt they had not been arrested but had escaped. Then, resigned to their ar..
1952/02/25
[Ltrs: CforT p. 19]
Charles JournetDark Knowledge of God / translated from the French by James F. AnderswonAbout apophatic"”although it is not in the OED it does crop up in English, though in translations of French bo..
1952/02/25
[Ltrs: CforT p. 18-19]
Ronald KnoxEnthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII CenturiesMany thanks for your very kind letter and for [Ronald Knox's] Enthusiasm . I entirely agree with your comment ..
1952/08/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 10]
Louis BouyerBible et l'Evangile. Le sens de l'Ecriture: du Dieu qui parle au Dieu faite hommeBouyer's book Bible et evangile is brilliant but makes me nervous. Marmion never made anybody nervous but he d..
1953/01/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 29]
Max PicardWorld of SilenceFine ideas in Picard's World of Silence. (A train of the old time sings in my present silence, at St. Anne's, ..
1953/02/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 36]
Marie-Eugène de l'Enfant Jesus, O.C.D.Je suis fille d'egliseYesterday, began our Lenten book, Je suis fille d'eglise [I Am a Daughter of the Church, by P. Marie-Eugène, O..
1953/04/07
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 24]
Mark Van DorenSpring Birth and Other PoemsIt was wonderful to get the letter and the book [Spring Birth and Other Poems], which both arrived long enough..
1953/05/10
[Ltrs: SofC p. 57]
Joseph CreusenReligious Men and Women in the CodeThe main thing Dom Louis did was to make clear the fact that the Prior takes care of all the material needs of..
1953/05/18
[Ltrs: SofC p. 59]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.St. Bernard mystiqueI am not doing any work on a book on St. Bernard and there has been no announcement of any such book; hence I ..
1953/05/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 213]
Max PicardFlight from GodHave you read Max Picard? I like his stuff very much and am currently in the Flight from God which is very per..
1953/10/19
[Ltrs: SofC p. 67]
Lucille HasleyReproachfully YoursWhen he came back from the General Chapter, our Reverend Father Dom James spoke to me about the affair of that..
1953/11/05
[Ltrs: SofC p. 70]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Alone with GodIt was a satisfaction to me when Father Abbot gave me permission to write the preface for your volume on Paul ..
1954/10/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 308-09]
Erich FrommMan for himself : an inquiry into the psychology of ethicsSome time ago when I was reading your Psychoanalysis and Religion I thought I would write you a letter. Now th..
1954/10/02
[Ltrs: HGL p. 308-09]
Erich FrommPsychoanalysis and religionSome time ago when I was reading your Psychoanalysis and Religion I thought I would write you a letter. Now th..
1954/10/16
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 26]
Mark Van DorenSelected PoemsAt last it is raining and I not only have the time to write a letter but am more or less in a mood for one. So..
1954/11/04
[Ltrs: SofC p. 80]
Cuthbert Butler o.s.b.Benedictine Monachism: Studies in Benedictine Life and RuleA few weeks ago, by some miracle, we actually started reading Dom Cuthbert Butler's Benedictine Monachism in t..
1954/12/20
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 218]
Rudyard KiplingJust-So StoriesHowever, there is one thing which I treasure and which you also will like. It is an old magazine containing an..
1955/08/06
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 220]
Evelyn WaughOfficers and GentlemenHave you read a wonderful book called Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell? It is perfect, in its w..
1955/08/06
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 220]
Randell JarrellPictures from an InstitutionHave you read a wonderful book called Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell? It is perfect, in its w..
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 314]
Erich FrommForgotten LanguageYour book The Forgotten Language, which I read last May or June, also interested me very much...
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 313]
Erich FrommSane SocietyI am about halfway through The Sane Society which I received some time ago. I am reading it with the greatest ..
1955/09/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 314]
Henri Lubac, DeCatholicismMost of the Fathers of the Church looked at the Incarnation in that light, and Duns Scotus, for instance, is a..
1955/10/24
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 19]
Denis GrivotAutunHow did you like Zodiaque and the book on Autun? The monks who did those books are thinking of publishing some..
1955/11/26
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 25]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureThe Snell book is here and I have begun it. I can see its great importance, and therefore i ask you to bear wi..
1955/12/17
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 27]
Adolph Konrad FiedlerVom Wesen der KunstAnd now, thank you so much for the Fiedler. It is intensely interesting and thougth provoking. As I had suspec..
1956/02/05
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 29]
Bernard CrapletAuvergne RomanThe Benedictines, whose magazines I gave you, have come out with a wonderful volume on Romanesque Art in Auver..
1956/02/05
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 29]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureI finally have a chance to write you and tell you that I am sending the Snell book back - long after I had pro..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Hilda GraefScholar and the Cross: The Life and Work of Edith SteinShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Louis BouyerMystère Pascal: meditation sur la liturgie des trois derniers jours de la Semaine SainteShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Pie Raymond RegameyCross and the Christian / Translated from the French by Angeline BouchardShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/03/03
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 130]
Pie Raymond RegameyPoverty: An Essential Element in the Christian Life / Translated from the French by Rosemary SheedShall I add to the immense list of books you ought to read? The February issue [of La Vie Spirituelle] has an ..
1956/05/02
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 134]
Graham GreeneQuiet AmericanFirst of all, here are a couple of poems "¦ Matthew Scott is sending the long one to Graham Greene [called "Th..
1956/07/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 47]
Stephen SpenderCollected PoemsSpender's Collected Poems-a most satisfying book. He has done a better job of versifying than Auden. No man sh..
1956/07/19
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 32]
Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiManual of Zen Buddhism / Daisetz Teitaro SuzukiToday I am mailing ack to the Kentucky university library the most interesting "Manual of Zen" by Suzuki. I am..
1956/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 59]
Diadochos of PhotikeCapita centum de perfectione spiritualiDiadochos-"the abyss of faith boils if you examine it, but if you look upon it with simplicity, it becomes onc..
1956/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 62]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieFROM [VLADIMIR SERGEYEVICH] SOLOVIEV "The moral limit to the egoism of a given person is not the egoism of oth..
1956/08/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 63]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieSoloviev-The strength of a falsehood insists on the importance of a corresponding truth. "The importance of a ..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 65]
Georges BernanosLast Essays of Georges BernanosOn top of this, [Georges] Bernanos' Last Essays of which at least the last is fine (I have not touched any of ..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 64]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsJulien Green's Journal has finally come to absorb me altogether in the sleepy time after dinner when I have to..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 65]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsTo be completely dependent on a country, on a city"¦for a moment I was annoyed at Green and started finding fa..
1956/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 64]
OrigenesTreatise on Prayer.The Treatise on Prayer is the first thing of Origen's that I have really liked except perhaps the Homilies on ..
1956/08/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 66]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismThe toughness and integrity of Emmanuel Mounier [Note 7: Emmanuel Mounier (1905-1950) was a French philosopher..
1956/08/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 68-69]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismMounier says (in showing that the idea of person must be defined by the power to communicate - and showing how..
1956/08/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 70-71]
Emmanuel MounierPersonalismIt is easy to say of every new idea one meets-"It is all in St. Bernard." It is very doubtful, for instance, ..
1956/09/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 77]
Helen WaddellWandering ScholarsThe Cistercians of the 12th. century were forbidden to write not only rhyming verse, as Helen Waddell records,..
1957/00/00
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 84]
Hans Urs von BalthasarPresence et pensee. Essay sur la philosophie religieuse de Gregoire de Nysse"Etrefidèle à la Tradition, ce n'est donc pas repeter et transmettre litteralement des theses de philosophie o..
1957/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 86]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetYet one of Berdyaev's greatest mistakes is to reject the Gospel as incomplete and patristic theology as steril..
1957/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 87]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetBerdyaev is demanding-as Blake demanded-that man should truly find his liberty in Christ. He is aware that thi..
1957/05/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 88]
Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon"Once, when the great ‘we' still existed, we understood them as one had understood them before. We had penet..
1957/05/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 88]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetBerdyaev, who is always so ready to offend pious ears with statements that are, as they stand, even heretical,..
1957/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 89]
Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right'""¦a clan in radical chains, one of the classes of bourgeois society which does not belong to bourgeois societ..
1957/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 90]
Karl MarxCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right'Marx is, in some strange way, an heir of Ezechiel and Jeremias. Not that he is a conscious and willing instrum..
1957/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 92-93]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetLong quote from Berdyaev. Le sens de la tradition, 216-17 [W.E.: must probably be Le sens de la creation]..
1957/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 94]
Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaevsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas FumetIn Theophane Zatvornik, a Russian bishop of the 19th. century, the asceticism of the fathers was revived, says..
1957/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 95]
Mikhail ZoshchenkoRussia LaughsGood writing and good art are coming to mean much in the salvation of Russia. It is sad that the cultural cont..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 101]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovDu Verbe incarne : (Agnus Dei) / [par] Serge Boulgakof ; trad. du russe par Constantin AndronikofBulgakov's explanation of his sophianology (Du verbe incarne, p. 16) seems to me clear and satisfactory. The d..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 101]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuVery important for the understanding of Bulgakov-the idea that the Divine Nature constitutes for the Divine Pe..
1957/07/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 102]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu"La Sophia est le plerôme, le monde de Dieu existant en Dieu et pour Dieu, eternel et incree, où Dieu vit en ..
1957/08/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 104-05]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de Dieu"La Sophie est La Sagesse de Dieu, elle est la gloire de Dieu, est l'humanite en Dieu, elle est la Theanthropi..
1957/08/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 107]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuI think this morning I found the key to Bulgakov's Sophianism. His idea is that the Divine Sophia, play, wisdo..
1957/08/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 108]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsFinally got the rest of Green's Journals. Their climate is wonderful. I am really at home in it-he is an hones..
1957/08/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 110-11]
Ezra PoundHugh Selwyn MauberleyThe best of Pound is in Hugh Selwyn Mauberley... Sometimes as much like Ogden Nash as he is like Auden. Pound ..
1957/08/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 109]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovSagesse de DieuSeveral quotes from Boulgakov's La Sagesse de Dieu, also on the next pages..
1957/08/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 112]
Publius Ovidius NasoMetamorphosesFrankly, Ovid had terrible taste. Yet in the Metamorphoses there are some wonderful things mixed up with ponde..
1957/09/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 115]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournals"La religion est mal comprise. Elle rend stupides ceux qui se veulent pieux afin le pouvoir s'admirer dans cet..
1957/09/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 116]
Ludwig BemelmansDonkey insideNo easy generalizations about Job and Zen. Job is a big koan. So is everything else. Best book yet about Ecuad..
1957/09/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 116]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersWent to Terrell Dickey about layouts for a postulant's pamphlet... He kept kidding me about wanting a modern l..
1957/09/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 117]
Dom Alexis PresseA l'ecole de St. BenoîtDom Alexis Presse-"A l'ecole de St. Benoît" ["In the School of St. Benedict"] has some very nice things-a go..
1957/09/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 118]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersA Series of sentence fragments from John of the Cross's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book I, chapter 13, 4-6...
1957/09/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 119]
Saint John of the Crosscomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison PeersAnd this is what happens to people with a priori notions of what pleases God or "ought" to please Him. (Eatin..
1957/09/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 120-21]
Saint-John PerseExcile: and other PoemsI wonder if it is a sin against poverty to read the poems of St. John Perse. They are magnificent. Immensely r..
1957/09/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 121-22]
Saint-John PerseExcile: and other PoemsTremendous religious power and purity of St. John Perse's Rain. Four lines like the prophetic books of Blake, ..
1957/10/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 124-25]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"Whoever seeks Christ without the Church, putting his trust in his own insight and what goes by the name of cr..
1957/10/12
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 229]
Karl AdamChrist of FaithReading"”I try to do some. A fair amount here and there. I love Karl Adams' new book, The Christ of Faith. And..
1957/10/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 125]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The real root of every heresy is to be found not in the sphere of revelation but in the pagan philosophies."..
1957/10/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 126]
Thomas a KempisImitation of ChristMirum est quod homo potest umquam perfecte in hac vita laetari, qui suum exilium et tam multa pericula animae ..
1957/10/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 126-27]
Tuesday Lobsang RampaThird Eye. The Autobiography of a Tibetan LamaA thrilling and terrifying and fascinating book-The Third Eye by a Tibetan lama who calls himself Rimpoche Ram..
1957/10/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 128]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the NightHow can we sing the psalms, or understand them, if we are not Jews? Psallite sapienter [Sing praises with a ps..
1957/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 130]
Georges BernanosDiary of a Country PriestOne reason why it is so hard to read Bernanos' The Diary of a Country Priest is breaking this ghetto wall. Don..
1957/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 129]
James JoyceLetters of James Joyce"Ten years of my life have been consumed in correspondence and litigation about my book Dubliners. It was reje..
1957/10/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 131]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the Night"The ‘People' are regarded through the Socialist Bureaucracy's eyes as a target for propaganda, not as a liv..
1957/10/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 131]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The man who does not in his heart protest against obvious baseness and does not passionately try to suppress ..
1957/10/5
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 128-29]
Arthur KoestlerThieves in the NightThe ending of Thieves in the Night is something of an anticlimax. A very useful book for monks who can read su..
1957/11/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 133]
Karl AdamSpirit of CatholicismVery satisfied with Karl Adam's Scotist solution of the problem raised by Christ's statement that not even the..
1957/11/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 134]
Karl AdamSpirit of Catholicism"The history of philosophy is the history of human inquiry and human error, not the history of Truth. Truth ha..
1957/11/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 135]
James JoyceLetters of James JoyceJoyce's Letters (sent them back to Louisville today)-a very fine book. Especially enjoyed his letters to his f..
1957/11/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 135]
Jacques GuilletThèmes bibliques. Etudes sur l'expression et le developement de la revelationNecessity of the Bible. More and more of it. A book like Gillet's Thèmes bibliques fantastically rich and usef..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 141]
Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon(From Darkness at Noon) "The Party denied the free will of the individual - and at the same time exacted his w..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 140]
Arthur KoestlerInvisable Writing"Their mentality (of party intellectuals in 1930s) was a caricature of the revolutionary spirit"¦the seeds of ..
1957/11/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 140]
Bertolt BrechtMeasures Taken / Translated from German Die MassnahmeQuote from Bert Brecht Punitive Measure: "He who fights for communism must be able to fight and to renounce fi..
1957/12/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 146]
Albert EinsteinIdeas and Opinions"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, ..
1957/12/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 146-47]
Albert EinsteinIdeas and OpinionsHere, however, is a paragraph which I can and ought to make my own: "My passionate sense of social justice and..
1957/12/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 148]
Georges BernanosDialogue des carmelitesBob also sent Bernanos' Dialogue des carmelites one of the first things I read after coming over to the noviti..
1958/01/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 155]
Miguel CovarrubiasIndian Art of Mexico and Central AmericaI have [Miguel] Covarrubias' new book [Indian Art of Mexico and Central America] from the Louisville library. ..
1958/02/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 165]
Ciro AlegriaMundo es ancho y ajenoReading Ciro Alegria's "El mundo es ancho y ajeno," walking up and down the stonepath in the cold. It is a be..
1958/02/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 167]
Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasiónCurious novel of Bioy Casaris, Plan d'evasion, about a governor of Devil's Island experimenting with certain p..
1958/02/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 169]
Adolfo Bioy CasaresPlan d'evasiónBack to Bioy Casaris' Plan d'evasion-as a symbol and a symptom. It is about French people. The death rattle of..
1958/03/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 179]
Gabriel MarcelHomo viatorMy day of recollection. Went to confession to Fr. John of the Cross in the vault, as usual. Had to wait a litt..
1958/03/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 182-83]
Edward Steichenfamily of man : the greatest photographic exhibition of all time : 503 pictures from 68 countries / created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern ArtMarvellous books for a few pennies-including The Family of Man for 50 cents. All those fabulous pictures. And ..
1958/03/27
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 44]
Piero BargelliniUnquiet Conscience / Translated from Latin by Thomas MertonI enjoyed the Italian piece [note 34: The Unquiet Conscience by Piero Bargellini, later translated by Thomas M..
1958/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 188]
Jean Leclercq o.s.b.Amour des lettres et le desier de Dieu. Initiation aux auteurs monastiques du moyen ageI had been reading Dom Leclercq's new book L'Amour des lettres et le Desir de Dieu which is very fine, and I s..
1958/04/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 192-93]
Martin BuberI and ThouBuber's I and Thou, in an execrable translation, very difficult to follow at first. An important book, in whic..
1958/04/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 193]
Martin BuberI and Thou"How foolish and hopeless would be the man who turned aside from the course of his life in order to seek God; ..
1958/04/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 195]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevRussian IdeaCharmed and fascinated by everything Berdyaev says in "The Russian Idea" until suddenly I am brought up with ..
1958/04/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 197-98]
John CollierIndians of the AmericasI am deeply moved by John Collier's book on The Indians of the Americas.... Until the beginning of the century..
1958/04/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 195-96]
Martin BuberI and ThouFine climax to Buber's I and Thou. "Meeting with God does not come to man in order that he may concern himself..
1958/05/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 200]
Pablo Antonio Cuadrajaguar y la luna : [poemas]Pablo Antonio Cuadra arrived with his wife last evening and left this afternoon. Read me some very fine poems ..
1958/05/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 203]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeAbove all, this year has marked my discovery of Pasternak. First, in the copy of Encounter which came by chanc..
1958/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204]
Boris PasternakSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other WritingsFinished Pasternak's Safe Conduct and felt as if I must at once begin to read it again. A magnificent book, on..
1958/05/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204]
Hannah ArendtOrigins of TotalitarianismThe terrible insights of Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism. Wrote notes here under the pine trees in ..
1958/05/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 204-05]
Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and FreedomAn admirable book from the Louisville library. Berdyaev's Slavery and Freedom. I think it is useful to know wh..
1958/06/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 205-06]
Nicolas BerdyaevSlavery and Freedom"It need to be said that politics are always based on lies"¦(we ought to) demand the reduction of politics and..
1958/06/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 208]
Albert Camuschute, recitCamus' La chute [The Fall]. I admit is too long...
1958/07/04
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 51]
John GuntherInside Russia TodayI sent back the big Kulski book yesterday and one other. I will be sending the Current History volume as soon ..
1958/07/18
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 52]
Albert Camuschute, recitBy now everything of the U of K. Library that I had borrowed is on its way back. Unless the unbound an unmarke..
1958/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 211]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and Spirituality[Louis] Bouyer's book on Newman, in the refectory, is very good - especially interested in the parts about Oxf..
1958/08/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 210]
Pie Raymond Regamey O.P.Non-Violence et conscience chretienneDoing violence to myself to read Regamey's book on non-violence because I need it. A lot of it is arid and plo..
1958/08/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 214]
Fyodor DostoyevskyPossessed / by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; transl. from the Russian by Constance Garnett ; with a foreww by Avrahm Yarmolinsky and a transl. of the hitherto-suppressed chapter "At Tihon's"Yesterday good day of recollection in the woods. Read the part of The Possessed about the mad Saint Symeon and..
1958/08/22
[Ltrs: CforT p. 87]
Boris PasternakSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other WritingsI have not yet had the pleasure of reading your recent autobiography although I am familiar with the earlier o..
1958/09/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 231]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeHave you heard of the new book of the Russian poet Pasternak? Dr. Zhivago. It is a tremendous thing and a lot ..
1958/09/04
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 231]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and SpiritualityIn the refectory they are reading Newman's life by Louis Bouyer, a splendid book "¦ I think it is the wisest a..
1958/09/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 216]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeFor the last 5 days or so-reading Dr. Zhivago which finally came. Deeply moved by it. Not being in the habit o..
1958/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 218]
Charles Freer AndrewsMahatma Gandhi: His Life and WorksYesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. F. Andrews on Gandhi (the concep..
1958/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 218]
Søren KierkegaardEither/OrYesterday in Louisville... After that, had a good day in the library. Some C. F. Andrews on Gandhi (the concep..
1958/10/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 221]
OrigenesOpera OmniaThe charm of Origen-entranced by his commentary on Numbers with its inexhaustible fertility of ideas (which on..
1958/10/05
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 221-22]
Thomas Verner MooreLife of Man with GodRead a little of Dom T. Verner Moore's The Life of Man with God. It has some good things in it but the whole a..
1958/10/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 223]
Cesar VallejoPoesías completas (1918-1938) / Cesar Vallejo ; recop. y pról. de Cesar MiroReading Vallejo. Oye a tu masa a terrific poem which I will translate...
1958/10/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 223]
Mark Van DorenAutobiography of Mark Van DorenThen on Friday Mark Van Doren's autobiography came and I have begun it, getting with him as far now as the arm..
1958/10/13
[Ltrs: CforT p. 180]
Boris PasternakDoctor ZhivagoFr. Lawrence [Ernesto Cardenal] has already told me a little about the history (behind the poem). It is a magn..
1958/10/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 224]
Louis BouyerTrône de la sagesseFinishing up a very good two day retreat. Spent it all under the five or six pine trees near St. Teresa's fiel..
1958/10/23
[Ltrs: CforT p. 89]
Boris PasternakDoctor ZhivagoSince my first letter to you I have obtained and read the book [Dr. Zhivago] published by Pantheon, and it has..
1958/10/23
[Ltrs: CforT p. 90]
Vladimir Sergeyewich SolovyovMeaning of LoveAm I right in surmising that the ideas in this book run closely parallel to those in [Vladimir] Soloviev's Mea..
1958/10/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 226]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of SophiologyFrom the Library of Congress I got Bulgakov's Wisdom of God which is tremendous, particularly his last chapter..
1958/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 230]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindReading Czeslaw Milosz The Captive Mind-a really interesting book. When you read something worthwhile in these..
1958/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 229]
Jean Mabillon o.s.b.Traite des etudes monastiquesReading Mabillon's wise and delightful book on monastic studies. Among other things-this beautiful quotation f..
1958/11/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 230]
Josef PieperHappiness and Contemplation"The whole of political life seems to be ordered with a view of attaining the happiness of contemplation. For ..
1958/12/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 54]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindHaving read your remarkable book The Captive Mind I find it necessary to write to you, as without your help I ..
1958/12/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 235]
Hans Urs von BalthasarDieu et l'homme d'aujourd'huiHans Urs Von Balthasar. "Dieu et l'homme d'aujourd'hui" [God and Man Today]..
1958/12/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 237]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of Sophiology"Christian humanism, which preserves the development of all the creative capacities of man, may be understood ..
1958/12/15
[Ltrs: CforT p. 93]
Boris PasternakI Remember: Sketch for an AutobiographyKurt W. [Wolff] has sent me the Essai autobiographique [written as the introduction to A Sketch for an Autobio..
1958/12/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 240]
Paul BruntonHermit in the Himalayas / pen name of Raphael HurstToday began reading what seems to be a remarkable though poorly written book-Hermit in the Himalayas by Brinto..
1958/12/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 244]
SophoclesOedipus at ColonusSignificant that on the 28th. in the morning I read Oedipus at Colonus and was deeply moved by it...
1959/01/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 244-45]
Boris Leonidovich Pasternakdocteur Jivago : roman / Boris Leonidovic Pasternak ; trad. du russeIn the morning chapter Rev. Father, because of certain events and circumstances, came out strongly against the..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Edmund WilsonAmerican Earthquake. A Documentary of the Twenties and ThirtiesI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Richard Bewe GreggPower of Non-violenceI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den GlaubenI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/11
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 246]
Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. SteereI really think that in almost everything I read I find new food for the spiritual life, new thoughts, new disc..
1959/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 248]
Romano GuardiniReligiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk: Studien über den GlaubenMoved by Guardini's wonderful book on Dostoevsky...
1959/01/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 253-54]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevSolitude and SocietyFrom Berdyaev's "Solitude and Society": "Man may feel himself infinitely more alone in the midst of his corel..
1959/02/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 259]
Søren KierkegaardWorks of love / by Søren Kierkegaard ; transl. from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson ; with an introd. by Douglas V. SteereKierkegaard's marvelous book on the Works of Love. With pages of careful and passionate thought he returns aga..
1959/02/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 263]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovOrthodox ChurchTradition. "God has given us a thought of our own and our personal work cannot be done in the past. In other w..
1959/02/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 264]
Czeslaw MiloszCaptive MindFine letter from Czeslaw Milosz in Paris. I had written about The Captive Mind. He replied at length about Alp..
1959/02/28
[Ltrs: CforT p. 56-57]
Paul ClaudelJeanne d'Arc au bûcherThere is something much too mental and abstract, something too parochial about a great deal of Catholic though..
1959/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 266]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungA most significant event. After much thought, prayer, and debate, consulted the I Ching as, I think a valid ex..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
OrigenesOpera OmniaRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 271]
Vladimir Sergeyevich SolovyovGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; [ed. by] Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o BogocheloviechestvieRead some Origen on Josue, and Soloviev (Lectures on God Manhood)-some material on Mount Athos-Allport on prej..
1959/04/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 272]
Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyPaths that Lead to the Same Summit"The time is coming when it will be necessary for the man who is to be called ‘educated' to know either Arab..
1959/04/14
[Ltrs: CforT p. 96]
Boris PasternakI Remember: Sketch for an AutobiographyThank you also for I Remember. You have presented it very attractively, and I am delighted to find in it the n..
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Cuthbert ButlerWestern Mysticism: The Teaching of SS Augustine Gregory and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative LifeFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/04/15
[Ltrs: SofC p. 119]
Louis BouyerMeaning of the Monastic LifeFor the Novice Master"”well, it goes without saying that Bouyer's Meaning of the Monastic Life is fundamental...
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 389]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungThe other thing that has kept me waiting is the need for time to digest the superb letter of Pasternak. Things..
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 390]
Conrad PeplerEnglish Religious HeritageBut the important thing for you at the moment is not Zen or I Ching, so please do not let me distract you from..
1959/05/05
[Ltrs: HGL p. 390]
Louis BouyerNewman: His Life and SpiritualityBut the important thing for you at the moment is not Zen or I Ching, so please do not let me distract you from..
1959/05/08
[Ltrs: CforT p. 97-98]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfHow happy I am that [C. G.] Jung is doing an autobiography, and that Kurt is working with him. I recently read..
1959/05/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 279]
Abraham Joshua HeschelBetween God and Man. An Interpretation of JudaismLax brought down the proofs of [Abraham] Heschel's God and Man - which looks very interesting. A Hasid, from W..
1959/05/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 279]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasThird day of retreat. Yesterday, quiet-sunny day-spent all possible time in the woods reading and meditating. ..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Myrrha Lot-BorodinNicolas Cabasilas: un maître de la spiritualite byzantine au XIVe siècleYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/13
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 281]
Sydney LochAthos, the Holy MountainYesterday all the red roses in the novitiate garden were blooming. Today the rhododendrons by St. Fiacre's shr..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 69]
Constantine CavarnosAnchored in God: Life, Art, and Thought on the Holy Mountain of AthosI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book [Note 59: Conastantine Cavarnos, Anchored in God..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 4]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasThe first thing to be said, of course, is that Hagia Sophia is God Himself. God is not only a Father but a Mot..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 5]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book has been very fin"”and the Hesiod. When you have..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 69]
Marco PallisPeaks and LamasI am really enjoying Peaks and Lamas, and also the Athos book [Note 59: Conastantine Cavarnos, Anchored in God..
1959/05/14
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 5]
Sergei Nikolaevitch BulgakovWisdom of God: a Brief Summery of SophiologyThank you for the photostats from the [Catholic] Encyclopedia [on Wisdom]. I looked them over, and they just b..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 59]
Czeslaw MiloszSeizure of PowerNow about your own books. I suppose it is not strange that your younger earthy and cosmic self should be so sh..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 59]
Czeslaw MiloszSur les bords de l'IssaNow about your own books. I suppose it is not strange that your younger earthy and cosmic self should be so sh..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 58]
Lional Mordecai TrillingBroken Mirror: A Collection of Writings from Contemporary Poland / edited by Pawel MayewskiReading The Broken Mirror, I was moved by the sense of real kinship with most of the writers. Underneath the i..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 61]
Nicolai BerdyaevMeaning of CreationYet I am very taken with Berdyaev. He is certainly too glib. His explanations and intuitions come up with a su..
1959/05/21
[Ltrs: CforT p. 61]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevSolitude and SocietyYet I am very taken with Berdyaev. He is certainly too glib. His explanations and intuitions come up with a su..
1959/05/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 284]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevDestiny of ManA quiet morning reading in the woodshed (for the first time in seventeen years had nothing to do with the deco..
1959/06/07
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 286]
Julien Hartridge GreenJournalsSaw Shakertown-the big old dormitories stood among the weeds in desolation. Yet there was still something youn..
1959/06/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 298]
EckhartMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard BlakneyOpened a new translation of Eckhart, and immediately hit upon this: "Obedience has no cares, it lacks no bless..
1959/06/28
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 297]
Gerard Manley Hopkinsnote-books and papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins / Gerard Manley Hopkins ; ed. with notes and a pref. by Humphry HouseBaffled by the intensity of observation in the G. M. Hopkins notebooks (Thought I would talk to the novices ab..
1959/07/12
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 304-05]
Henri TroyatCase de l'Oncle SamBorrowed from the Library of Congress Henri Troyat's La case de l'Oncle Sam. Journalism but refreshing-it is F..
1959/07/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 306]
D.H. LawrenceMornings in MexicoNow too is the time to go into a different regime. I don't need all the library books I have been getting (tho..
1959/08/09
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 315-16]
William BlakeComplete writings : with all the variant readings / William Blake ; ed. by Geoffrey KeynesAnd several books on Blake from U.K. library (I had asked for them). When I was in Louisville I picked up, on ..
1959/08/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 316-17]
James ThurberYears with RossTerrell Dickey lent me Thurber's book The Years with Ross. Interesting, and yet I don't laugh. In a way it is ..
1959/08/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 318]
James ThurberYears with RossThe book about the New Yorker-Thurber's-oppresses me. Civilization oppresses me, or rather all that is new in ..
1959/08/22
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 320]
James ThurberYears with RossI continued to be interested and depressed by The Years with Ross. It is really a very remarkable book in its ..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
Herbert ButterfieldChristianity and HistoryHaving been giving deep attention (as deep as possible when one is half awake before Sext) to Butterfield's bo..
1959/08/24
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 263]
Herbert ButterfieldChristianity and HistoryP. Danielou's book on History, which I have been reading, steered me toward an interesting Englishman called [..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
James ThurberYears with RossYesterday finished The Years with Ross, and am tempted to write Thurber a note about it. This seems to be a go..
1959/08/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 321]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeReading Tillich's Love, Power and Justice and am excited by it; it is very dense and strong. The substrate of ..
1959/08/30
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 322]
Carl Gustav JungUndiscovered SelfShe [Fr. Anselm's sister] had been completely unable to understand Fr. A's vocation and had challenged him on ..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 576]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeFor some time I have owed you this letter acknowledging your kind gift of Love Power and Justice with your own..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 577]
Paul TillichLove, Power and JusticeFinally I want to tell you how happy I am with the earlier chapters of The Theology of Culture, in which I fin..
1959/09/04
[Ltrs: HGL p. 576]
Paul TillichTheology of CultureFor some time I have owed you this letter acknowledging your kind gift of Love Power and Justice with your own..
1959/09/12
[Ltrs: CforT p. 114]
Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, KyYour poems about Gethsemani [Gethsemani, Ky.] are very effective and have a special meaning for anyone who kno..
1959/09/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 330]
Paul Evdokimovfemme et le salut du monde : etude d'anthropologie chretienne sur les charismes de la femme / Paul EvdokimovHave been reading a marvelous book of theology by the Orthodox Father Paul Evdokimov who teaches at Saint Serg..
1959/09/26
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 332]
 PhilokaliaA copy of two volumes of the Philokalia sent by B. Rambusch from Athens, arrived the other day. Magnificent. I..
1959/10/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 335]
Tung-pin Lüsecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and life [transl. from the German bThe last month has been too wild. Seeing too many people-but they came. God brought them. Distraction. I am ve..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Abraham Joshua HeschelMan Is Not AloneI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 337]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelFr. Tresmontant says "C'est au niveau politique que se posent les problèmes moraux les plus graves." ["The gr..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Dane ChandosVillage in the SunI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Josef PieperFour Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, TemperanceI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/10/25
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 336-37]
Tung-pin Lüsecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and life [transl. from the German bI have been in St. Anthony's Hospital, Louisville, for the removal of a rectal fistula. Went on the 14th. and ..
1959/11/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 338]
 DhammapadaA lovely afternoon full of noise. Reading after dinner-snatches from the Dhammapada-I thought of this clear s..
1959/11/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 339-40]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of CivilizationDenis de Rougemont: The Western Quest - seeking to resolve the antimony inherent in personal life-an antimony ..
1959/11/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 340]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'Israel"Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures"¦nous rappelent queue est l'essence du paganisme: Le ..
1959/11/04
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 340]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of Civilization"Les camps de concentration, les massacres, les tortures"¦nous rappelent queue est l'essence du paganisme: Le ..
1959/11/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelYet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degenerated into collective immoralit..
1959/11/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Laurens Post, Van DerLost World of the KalahariYet of what Laurens Van der Post says about the Bushmen. Tribal morality degenerated into collective immoralit..
1959/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Claude TresmontantDoctrine morale des prophètes d'IsraelFinished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
1959/11/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 341]
Denis RougementWestern Quest: the Principles of CivilizationFinished De Rougemont and Tresmontant, two fine books, especially the latter...
1959/11/16
[Ltrs: CforT p. 99]
Tung-pin Lüsecret of the golden flower : a Chinese book of life. / Tung-pin Lü ; transl. and expl. by Richard Wilhelm ; with a forew. and comment. by C.G. Jung ; and a part of the Chinese meditation text The book of consciousness and life [transl. from the German bHow is the Jung biography coming along? I was in the hospital lately and read there The Secret of the Golden F..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
 Apophthegmata PatrumSolitude - witness to Christ - emptiness. Apophthegmata [Sayings of the Desert Fathers] in P[atrologia] G[raec..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
 Cloud of UnknowingKnowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how truly it is my own century, the one ..
1959/12/02
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 350]
David Knowles o.s.b.Religious Orders in EnglandKnowles on the English mystics. How much I love the 14th. century and how truly it is my own century, the one ..
1959/12/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 353]
Niall BrennanMaking of a MoronRead a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal Breman's excellent book The Makin..
1959/12/06
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 353]
Rene VoillaumeAu coeur des masses. La vie religieuse des Petits Frères du Père de FoucauldRead a bit of Voillaume on the poverty of the Little Brothers. Finished Neal Breman's excellent book The Makin..
1959/12/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 354]
Nikolai Alexandrovich BerdyaevMeaning of HistoryBerdyaev's Meaning of History made up of lectures given in Russia right after the Revolution, before he was ki..
1959/12/10
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 356]
Josef PieperLeisure, The Basis of CultureI have finally gotten around to reading Pieper's fine little book Leisure, The Basis of Culture. It is very so..
1959/12/20
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 360-61]
Robert LaxCircus of the SunLax's Circus book is a tremendous poem, an Isaias-like prophecy which has a quality you just don't find in poe..
1959/12/29
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Charles PeguyMystery of the Holy InnocentsRead some of Peguy's "Mystery of the Holy Innocents" to the novices last evening...
1959/12/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Frances M. CornfordPrincipium Sapientiae: The Origins of Greek Philosophical ThoughtInteresting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Ponty and Cornford on the early Gr..
1959/12/31
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 364]
Paul RadinPrimitive Man as PhilosopherInteresting book by Paul Radin on Philosophy of Primitive Man. Also Merleau-Ponty and Cornford on the early Gr..
1960/01/01
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 365]
Maurice Merleau-PontySens et non-sensFrom Merleau-Ponty on Pseudo-scientific Marxism (Sens et non-sens, p. 223). Most intelligent papers I have yet..
1960/01/13
[Ltrs: SofC p. 129]
Cyprian VagagginiTheological dimensions of the liturgy : a general treatise on the theology of the liturgyThank you for Dom Cyprian Vagaggini's book which I am slowly reading with very great satisfaction. It is solid..
1960/01/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369]
Hugh Trevor RoperMen and EventsTrevor Roper's book, which solicits my agreement, and makes one wonder if I am being tempted to treachery. Too..
1960/01/15
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369]
Nicholas of NarbonneIgnea Sagitta [The Flaming Arrow]Getting back read the Ignea Sagitta [The Fiery Arrow] again-in view of article on Carmelite ideal. It is clear..
1960/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 370]
AeschylusPrometheus BoundAfter dinner-read the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus. Shattered by it. I do not know when I have read anything ..
1960/01/17
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 369-70]
Justus George LawlerCatholic Dimension in Higher EducationVery fine book by J. G. Lawler on The Catholic Dimension in Higher Education with splendid quotations from New..
1960/01/18
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 235]
Justus George LawlerCatholic Dimension in Higher EducationThank you for the new Qumram book which looks solid and interesting. I hope to enjoy it. At the moment I am pl..
1960/01/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 372]
Søren KierkegaardJournals of Kierkegaard / translated bij Alexander DruRead a little of Kierkegaard's Journal but the reading was spoiled by the fact that the more intense passages ..
1960/01/30
[Ltrs: CforT p. 28]
Jacques MaritainLiturgie et contemplation / par Jacques et Raïssa Maritain ; pref. de Charles JournetMany thanks for your valuable little book on Liturgy and Contemplation [Liturgie et contemplation, coauthored ..
1960/02/19
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 376]
Johan HuizingaErasmus and the Age of ReformationMore snow and now, after so many very gloomy days, brilliant winter weather-all the snow freezing and bright s..
1960/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 377]
Bruno SnellDiscovery of the mind: in Greek philosophy and literatureWalked in the snow after dinner and read a little about St. Bede. There are so many things to read! Snell on t..
1960/03/03
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 377]
Erich FrommZen Buddhism & Psychoanalysis / Other autors: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Richard De MartinoMust write to Fromm about the new book (Zen and Psychoanalysis) which is on the whole excellent, especially Su..
1960/03/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 379]
Giles Lytton StracheyEminent VictoriansLytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians. The life of Manning is a masterpiece. That of Arnold, disappointing. Tha..
1960/03/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 380]
Louis MassignonAkhbar al-Hallaj. Texte ancien relatif à la predication et au supplice du mystique musulman al-Hosayn B. Mansour al-HallajReading [Al] Hallaj in Massignon's translation-about which I wrote him a letter today. Hallaj is right, and ou..
1960/03/18
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 276]
Louis MassignonAkhbar al-Hallaj. Texte ancien relatif à la predication et au supplice du mystique musulman al-Hosayn B. Mansour al-HallajHow can I begin to write you a letter about the amazing book of the prayers and exhortations of Hallaj [Akhbar..
1960/03/21
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 380]
Nadejda GorodetzkyHumiliated Christ in Russian ThoughtVery important book-The Humiliated Christ in Russian Thought-from the Library of Congress. More and more impre..
1960/04/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Gershom Gerhard ScholemMajor Trends in Jewish MysticismExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Erich FrommArt of Loving: an Enquiry into the Nature of LoveExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Josef A. JungmannSacrifice of the Church: the Meaning of the MassExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/16
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 384]
Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and ThanksgivingsExcellent book by Scholem Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and Traherne's Centuries, sent by Natasha Spender. ..
1960/04/24
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 385]
Jacques BarzunHouse of IntellectReading Barzun's House of Intellect. Good criticism of the so-called educational "system" which is no system...
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 66]
Albert Camuschute, recitAt the same time I enjoy and respect Camus, and think I understand him. What you said about La Chute struck me..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 67]
Jean Paul SartreHuis ClosI do not have much interest in Sartre, he puts me to sleep, as if he were deliberately dull: assommant is a mu..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 67]
Jean Paul Sartrenausee : romanI do not have much interest in Sartre, he puts me to sleep, as if he were deliberately dull: assommant is a mu..
1960/05/06
[Ltrs: CforT p. 68]
Robert LaxCircus of the SunI wish you could see one good book, though, that is unknown, by my friend Robert Lax"”The Circus of the Sun. I..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Anscar VonierPeople of GodStill reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Erich NeumannAmor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale by Apuleius.Still reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/08
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 388]
Jacques BarzunHouse of IntellectStill reading Barzun. Finished Neumann on Amor and Psyche and returned it to the library. In the cell, here, V..
1960/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 395]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionI have been reading a fabulous book, The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, the one who wrote such a good one o..
1960/05/13
[Ltrs: HGL p. 395]
Hannah ArendtOrigins of TotalitarianismI have been reading a fabulous book, The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, the one who wrote such a good one o..
1960/05/14
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 389]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionHannah Arendt's Human Condition is another cardinal book, a hinge on which one's whole thought can turn. Whole..
1960/05/18
[Jnl 3 ('52-'60) p. 391]
Robert Penn WarrenSegregation: the Inner Conflict in the SouthWhat had most impressed me was the little book-a pamphlet really-of Robert Penn Warren on Segregation. Powerfu..
1960/05/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 3-4]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesReading [Joseph Jean] Lanza del Vasto, Le Pèlerinage aux Sources [Paris, 1945]. His account of Gandhi and Ward..
1960/05/30
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 236]
Richard HughesHigh Wind in JamaicaI have lately read some Joseph Conrad and he is always a Master. Did you ever read anything of Richard Hughes,..
1960/06/01
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 268]
Georges BernanosDialogue des carmelitesDid I thank you yet for Bernanos' Dialogues des Carmelites? It is a splendid thing, and it is good to have it ..
1960/06/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 5]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionHannah Arendt writes of the Greek πόλις‚ [polis] - "Before men began to act, a definite space had to be secure..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 6-7]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPeleinage aux SourcesYesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my eyes stinging. Hot, I took a col..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 6-7]
Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalismeYesterday, under pressure, finished the galleys of Disputed Questions with my eyes stinging. Hot, I took a col..
1960/06/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 8]
Paul Louis LandsbergProblèmes du personalismeI have a natural tendency to become an escapist, a snob, a narcissist. (And my problems arise largely from gui..
1960/06/06
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 9]
Maurice VillainAbbe Paul Couturier"Des hommes comme Saint Seraphim, Saint François d'Assise et bien d'autres ont accompli dans leur vie l'union ..
1960/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionFinished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Arendt-The Human Condition...
1960/06/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Joseph Jean Lanza del VastoPelerinage aux SourcesFinished Lanza del Vasto two evenings ago and am getting to the end of H. Arendt-The Human Condition...
1960/06/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 10]
Ernesto CardenalGethsemani, KyErnesto Cardenal's book of poems about Gethsemani arrived. Small, bare, but warm poems, austere annotations, l..
1960/06/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 11]
Hannah ArendtHuman ConditionFinished the Human Condition today. It is the deepest and most important defense of the contemplative life tha..
1960/06/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 17]
Bertolt BrechtTrial of Heron LucullusI am in St. Anthony's Hospital for X-rays. A quiet hot day, reading Chinese philosophy and a little book on th..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
Bertolt BrechtPrivate Life of the Master RaceRead Brecht "Private Life of the Master Rac" under the pine trees the other day. Because it is good, one can ..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
D.H. LawrenceSketches of Etruscan Places and other Italian EssaysI have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been trying to do too much especiall..
1960/07/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 19]
Ivor Armstrong RichardsMencius on the Mind: Experiments in Multiple DefinitionI have been able to take a little time for reading in the woods, but have been trying to do too much especiall..
1960/07/30
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 24]
Giuseppe LampedusaThe LeopardFinished [Giuseppe di Lampedusa's] The Leopard yesterday. A finely constructed novel which suddenly disintegra..
1960/08/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 26]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisA passionate and convinced book by a Franciscan [Giulio Basetti-Sani, Mohammed et Saint François, Ottawa, 1959..
1960/08/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 29]
 Koran"Parmi les lignes il y a les vaisseaux qui, sur la mer, sont comme dans le desert." ["Among the many vessels ..
1960/08/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 30]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisL. Massignon believes that the "nocturnal ascension" of Mohammed brought him to the threshold of mysticism bu..
1960/08/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 30]
Jean SteinmannSaint Jerome and His Times[Jean] Steinmann's book on St. Jerome [St. Jerome and His Times, New York, 1959] in the refectory is interesti..
1960/08/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 138]
Fyodor DostoyevskyBrothers KaramazovYes, I too love Dostoevsky, very much. Staretz Zosima can always make me weep and a lot of the beat people in ..
1960/08/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 138]
Fyodor DostoyevskyHouse of the DeadYes, I too love Dostoevsky, very much. Staretz Zosima can always make me weep and a lot of the beat people in ..
1960/08/20
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 33-34]
VinobaTalks on the Gita [Translators have retained some essential Sanskrit words] / Vinoba ; introd. by Jayaprakash NarayanWonderful book by [Acharya] Vinoba [Bhave], Talks on the Gita [New York, 1960]-sent by Lax. Began it yesterday..
1960/08/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 36-37]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuI have finished reading the proofs of the Divine Milieu of P[ère] Teilhard de Chardin which were sent to me by..
1960/09/02
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 39]
Olivier ClementTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxe"Le Temps de l'Eglise culmine donc à la prise de conscience par chaque personne humaine que la Fin est dejà pr..
1960/09/04
[Ltrs: WtoF p. 279]
Giulio Basetti-SaniMohammed et Saint-FrancoisAs you know, Herbert has been here. He was telling me that you were going to Moscow, etc., and I did not write..
1960/09/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 42]
Max PicardFlight from GodThe heart of Clement's book-that "fallen Tim" (le temps dechu) has no present. It is only the expression of a..
1960/09/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 42]
Olivier ClementTransfigurer le temps: notes sur le temps à la lumière de la tradition orthodoxeThe heart of Clement's book-that "fallen Tim" (le temps dechu) has no present. It is only the expression of a..
1960/09/07
[Ltrs: HGL p. 397]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuThey (well, a publisher) sent me a book by Teilhard de Chardin to review: The Divine Milieu. It is fairly good..
1960/09/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestBrought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty's Week End in the Middle of the We..
1960/09/09
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
Oliver St. John GogartyWeek End in the Middle of the Week: and other Essays on the BiasBrought back from the library, for light reading, O[liver] St. John Gogarty's Week End in the Middle of the We..
1960/09/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 44]
E. M. ForsterAbinger Harvest"For what, in that world of gigantic horror, was tolerable except the slighter gestures of dissent?" So says ..
1960/09/11
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 45]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938The book on Staretz Sylvan by Archimandrite Sophrony [The Undistorted Image, London, 1958]-monk of Athos now i..
1960/09/15
[Ltrs: Hammer p. 115]
Mahatma GandhiNon-violence in Peace and WarTo Carolyn: many thanks for the Gandhi [Note 96: Mahatma Gandhi, Non-Violence in Peace and War, from which mrt..
1960/09/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 48]
Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard CitronFrom Karl Barth-Christmas 1931 [translated by Berhard Citron, London, 1959]. (That Christmas I was in Strasbou..
1960/09/16
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 49]
Karl BarthChristmas / translated by Berhard CitronOpposites: Karl Barth and Gemistus Pletho.15 I do not mean to be facetious. Gemistus (who attended the Council..
1960/09/19
[Ltrs: SofC p. 135]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938About being a monk: have you run across the splendid biography of Staretz Silouan who died on Mt. Athos in 193..
1960/09/23
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 51]
Karl BarthAgainst the StreamMoving words of K. Barth preached on Good Friday 1948 in Hungary at Debrecen, the great Calvinist center. "For..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestReading Lorca again-what a marvelous poet, so alive, so much strength and vividness and sound. I can think of ..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
E. M. ForsterAbinger HarvestFinished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all the rest of it. Finished Isaias. N..
1960/09/25
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 52]
Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Geant de l'Erudtition benedictineFinished Abinger Harvest, embarrassed a little by the pageant but loved all the rest of it. Finished Isaias. N..
1960/09/29
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 53]
Gordon HarlandThought of Reinhold NiebuhrPolitics-at last I think I am beginning to come out of my stupor. Excellent book on [Reinhold] Niebuhr (by G. ..
1960/10/03
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 55]
Andre Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon PlatonAfter night office, long quiet interval, reading [Andre Marie Jean] Festugière on Plato. And that life of Dom ..
1960/10/10
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 57]
PlatoPhaedoAfter the Night Office. The superb moral and positive beauty of the Phaedo. One does not have to agree with Pl..
1960/10/12
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 57]
Mahatma GandhiNon-violence in Peace and War"A person who realizes a particular evil of his time and finds that it overwhelms him dives deep in his own br..
1960/10/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 59]
Andre Marie Jean FestugièreContemplation et vie contemplative selon PlatonCoffee after night office and the good long silence until Prime. Deliciae meae. [My delights.] This is somethi..
1960/10/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 59]
Joseph DaoustDom Martène, un Geant de l'Erudtition benedictineFinishing life of Dom Martène-the curious condition at Saint-Germain-des-Pres at beginning of 18th cent.-somet..
1960/11/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 63]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManRead sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious about the monks of Lerins. Reading ..
1960/11/07
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 63]
Charles Harold DoddThe Bible TodayRead sermons of St. Faustus of Rieg the other day, and liked them. Curious about the monks of Lerins. Reading ..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 65]
Charles Harold DoddThe Bible TodayC. H. Dodd - in a remarkable book (The Bible Today): "We shall get at the truth of our present situation only ..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 65]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuI have nothing but sympathy for his attempt to take a new view of things. I have not read anything but the Div..
1960/11/14
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 64]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuDom Gabriel [Sortais, the Abbot General], after consulting a professor in Rome, has refused permission to prin..
1960/11/15
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 66]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManAt the heart of Heschel's splendid book-God in Search of Man-the consistent emphasis on the importance of time..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
 Cloud of UnknowingSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 44]
Bruno de Jesus-Marie o.c.d.Saint Jean de la CroixIn regard to St. John of the Cross, I think we have here some paperback editions of his main works and I have ..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Etienne GilsonMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La theologie mystique de Saint BernardSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Jan RuysbroeckAdornment of the Spiritual MarriageSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/11/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 45]
Thomas TrahernCenturies, Poems and ThanksgivingsSome important books which I recommend to you can be obtained from Harper Brothers "¦ They are publishing an i..
1960/12/01
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 71]
M.E. BoismardDu Baptême à CanaCame to St. Mary of Carmel and built a pretty fire in the fireplace and got settled down to read: and opening ..
1960/12/05
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 72]
Isaac of StellaSermonesMagnificent light in the lapidary sentences of Isaac of Stella. Fire struck from stone: but how marvelous! His..
1960/12/05
[Ltrs: RtoJ p. 237]
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinDivine MilieuDid you mention something about Teilhard de Chardin? I have had some trouble there too. Ed [Rice] sent me a re..
1960/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 31-32]
Edward Deming Andrewspeople called Shakers : a search for the perfect societyIt was indeed a pleasure to get your kind letter. I had been thinking of writing to you myself for some time, ..
1960/12/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 31-32]
Edward Deming AndrewsShaker furniture : the craftsmanship of an American communal sect / by Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews ; photos by William F. WinterIt was indeed a pleasure to get your kind letter. I had been thinking of writing to you myself for some time, ..
1960/12/17
[Ltrs: HGL p. 430]
Abraham Joshua HeschelGod in Search of ManI think the one that really appeals to me the most of all is God in Search of Man. I do not mean that I think ..
1960/12/24
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 78]
Werner Wilhelm JaegerPaideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture / Gilbert Highet (translator)Snow is melting a little. Quiet afternoon of Christmas Eve. Read a book of Newman's romantic but fundamentally..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
 I ching : or book of changes / the Richard Wilhelm transl. ; rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes ; foreword by C.G. JungI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude-a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in another..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
Giuseppe LampedusaThe LeopardI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude - a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in anoth..
1960/12/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 79]
Henry MillerBig Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus BoschI read a thing of Kierkegaard with a lovely paragraph on solitude-a bit of Henry Miller on Big Sur (in another..
1960/12/27
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 80]
Ananda Kentish CoomaraswamyHinduism and BuddhismIncomparable richness of Coomaraswamy! His book on Hinduism and Buddhism. I am giving it a first reading in wh..
1961/01/18
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 86]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmMoved by S. N. Behrman's beautiful book on Max Beerbohm [Portrait of Max, New York, 1960]. That is important f..
1961/01/21
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 89]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmThat Behrman book on Beerbohm is not always admirable. Sometimes his admiration makes him sound like something..
1961/01/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 90]
Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxieAn overwhelming statement of P[aul] Evdokimov. "Pour l'orthodoxie il ne s'agit jamais d'une soumission à une i..
1961/01/22
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 90]
Samuel Nathaniel BehrmanPortrait of Max: an Intimat Memoire of Sir Max BeerbohmI know what really annoys me about the Behrman book-he is finally, completely, dedicated to the illusion that ..
1961/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Paul EvdokimovOrthodoxieEvdokimov on orthodoxy - once again, as I have so many times recently, I meet the concept of natura naturans [..
1961/01/26
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Salvatore QuasimodoFalse and True Green / translation from the Italian: Il falso e vero verde[Salvatore] Quasimodo's wonderful poem on Auschwitz [Complete Poems, New York, 1984] sees this. I am deeply in..
1961/01/26
[Ltrs: HGL p. 559-60]
SophronyUndistorted Image: Startz Silouan 1866-1938First of all, your book about the Staretz Silouane offers a striking example of a sanctity that is monastic, a..
1961/01/28
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 91]
Reinhold NiebuhrChristian Realism and Political ProblemsI respect more and more the intelligence and integrity of Reinhold Niebuhr. His is one of the few authenticall..
1961/02/04
[Jnl 4 ('60-'63) p. 92-93]
 ten principal Upanishads / put into English by Shree Purohit, swami, and W.B. YeatsTremendous discovery. The Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad! Kairos! Everything for a long time has been slowly leadin..
1961/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 129]
Laurens Post, van derDark Eye in Africa: Politics, PsychologyHave you read a wonderful book called the Dark Eye in Africa by Laurens Van der Post? He is another remarkable..
1961/02/12
[Ltrs: HGL p. 129]
Laurens Post, van d