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Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972


Series 1, Correspondence between Merton and Van Doren


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1939-1973
Volume: 208 item(s); 316 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Mark Van Doren won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1940 for his 1939 volume of collected poems and was a literary critic and professor. He had a profound effect on Merton as a professor of English at Columbia University in New York. Van Doren was at Co

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See also Cold War Letters #99 and other published letters from Merton to Van Doren in The Road to Joy, pp. 3-5

Series List

Series NumberSeries NameTotal Records
1 Correspondence between Merton and Van Doren 151
2 Correspondence between Van Doren and Others 57

Container List

Series#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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Series 1 #1.
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1939/03/24 HLS[x] from Merton Well here is this Joyceish thing. It is a dialogue between a master and pupil. What is not clear «detailed view»
Series 1 #2.
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1939/03/30 HLS[x] from Merton Surprised Mr ffin Daruian, and daylighted for your brief lettuce right in these stole of James' Joys «detailed view»
Series 1 #3.
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1939/04/04 HLS[x] from Merton I will be delighted to come to dinner Friday - (Good Friday is not really any stricter than other «detailed view»
Series 1 #4.
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1939/08/18 HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your letter. No, I hadn't known about the mermaids with fishes' heads! «detailed view»
Series 1 #5.
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1939/10/24 TLS[x] from Merton I am sending you a masque and a poem. The masque has little or nothing to do with the pastoral: «detailed view»
Series 1 #6.
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1940/04/no? HNS[x] from Merton Here is a poem I wrote. Cobre is a place in the mountains of Cuba near Santiago and the Virgin [note is written on a typescript of Merton's poem, "Song for Our Lady of Cobre"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #7.
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1940/06/16 TLS[x] from Merton You see I am back here living in Lax's hut. I got back from Cuba a month or so ago. It was fine «detailed view»
Series 1 #8.
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1940/08/25 TLS[x] from Merton It turns out I had to give up my plans about the monastery: my mind was changed for me, not by me. «detailed view»
Series 1 #9.
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1941/01/28 TLS[x] from Merton I am sending you a new poem which is different from any other porm [sic] I ever wrote in some ways, «detailed view»
Series 1 #10.
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1941/02/no? TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the letter, I was happy you liked the poem. Some time ago I became a Franciscan Tertiary «detailed view»
Series 1 #11.
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1941/11/10 TLS[x] from Merton This is the carbon of a book I am trying to sell--that same agent is working on it. I thought you «detailed view»
Series 1 #12.
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1941/11/14 HLS[x] from Merton Thank you for the letter, and I am very happy you liked the Journal, and want to send it to Sloane. «detailed view»
Series 1 #13.
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1941/11/28 TLS[x] from Merton Thanks very much for sending Sloane's opinion on the Journal. I was rather pleased that «detailed view»
Series 1 #14.
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1941/12/09 TLS[x] from Merton Many thanks for the letter, which I am in too much of a hurry to answer now. I am sending these not «detailed view»
Series 1 #15.
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1941/12/13 HLS[x] from Merton Letter to My Friends [-] Explaining that I am entering the Trappists, in Kentucky. [dated "St Lucy's Day 1941" - circular letter to friend in poetic form explaining his entry into the Trappists at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky - contains a separate note for Van Doren at the end of the letter in which he transfers rights to Van Doren for his manuscript of Journal of My Escape from the Nazis] «detailed view»
Series 1 #16.
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1942/04/14 HLS[x] from Merton We are allowed to write letters very seldom, but I got special permission to send you some «detailed view»
Series 1 #17.
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1942/05/15 HLS to Merton I have sent your poems and Journal to Bob, who is happier at Friendship House than I have «detailed view»
Series 1 #18.
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1943/05/12 HLS[x] from Merton Let these poems serve for news of my religious life. My only activity is to remain motionless «detailed view»
Series 1 #19.
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1944/01/15 TLS[x] to Merton I have sent you by express the following manuscripts by Thomas Merton: Two bound volumes of Journals [filed at St. Bonaventure with a proposed anthology of poetry that Merton suggests to Van Doren (by various poets, not Merton)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #20.
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1944/02/22 HLS[x] from Merton Tomorrow it will be Lent and I won't be able to write my letters as I am writing this in haste now. «detailed view»
Series 1 #21.
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1944/04/16 HLS[x] from Merton Day by day in this monastery I realize more and more how far I have fasted to show gratitude to all «detailed view»
Series 1 #22.
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1944/12/26 TLS[x] from Merton Since we cannot write during Advent this is my first chance to thank you for the "30 Poems". «detailed view»
Series 1 #23.
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1945/11/07 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton I was waiting til everything got settled with Laughlin before sending these back. Now they are no «detailed view»
Series 1 #24.
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1945/11/07 (#02) other[x] from Merton *=not published. other marks don't count [-] not published * - AFTERNOON [-] ARIADNE [a list of Merton's poems with marks designating whether each had been published] «detailed view»
Series 1 #25.
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1945/11/07 (#03) other[x] from Merton Manuscripts of poems removed from letter dated 7 Nov. 1945: The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani «detailed view»
Series 1 #26.
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1946/06/17 TLS[x] from Merton How are you? Here's a bunch of things. I guess the paper shortage is holding up the new book «detailed view»
Series 1 #27.
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1946/07/07 HLS to Merton ho, I'm still here, and for once all my family are with me. They send their love with mine. «detailed view»
Series 1 #28.
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1946/09/19 TLS[x] from Merton Maybe by now the ms of the Journal of Escape from the Nazis has got back to you. «detailed view»
Series 1 #29.
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1947/11/05 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton For a long time I have meant to write and haven't had the chance. I don't ever know if I thanked «detailed view»
Series 1 #30.
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1947/11/05 (#02) other[x] from Merton POEM IN THE RAIN AND THE SUN. [-] Watching the world from my peeled doorlight [-] Without my rain [poem by Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #31.
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1947/11/22 HLS to Merton Thank you for a good letter and a good poem. The poem is one of your richest and best, but since «detailed view»
Series 1 #32.
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1948/03/14 HLS to Merton Your new book, of which Laughlin sent me, generously, three copies, has been read again and again, «detailed view»
Series 1 #33.
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1948/03/30 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton Easter gives me a chance to acknowledge your beautiful letter about Figures for an Apocalypse [published transcript of the letter from The Road to Joy includes an error - in the last sentence of the third paragrah, "constant" should be "contact" to read "particular contact with God"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #34.
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1948/03/30 (#02) HLS[x] from Merton I liked very much the poem on your card. Do you know we do not have any of your books here? «detailed view»
Series 1 #35.
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1949/04/08 TALS[x] from Merton I write to you although it is Lent because my correspondence is now completely out of hand [contains a brief handwritten note at the end by Dom James Fox, abbot of Gethsemani at the time] «detailed view»
Series 1 #36.
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1953/04/07 TLS[x] from Merton It was wonderful to get the letter and the book, which both arrived long enough before Lent for me «detailed view»
Series 1 #37.
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1953/07/21 TLS to Merton Your words about Spring Birth gave me the greatest pleasure. I was particularly happy «detailed view»
Series 1 #38.
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1953/08/11 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton In case I do not get a chance to write again before next March, I am doing so now in order to tell «detailed view»
Series 1 #39.
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1953/08/11 (#02) other[x] from Merton AN ELEGY FOR THE MONASTERY BARN (Gethsemani- July 30th, 1953.) [-] As though an aged person [poem by Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #40.
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1953/08/11 (#03) other[x] from Merton TOWER OF BABEL [-] Oratorio [-] Part One. [-] 1 - Musical introduction - formal and solemn, followed [poem by Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #41.
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1954/05/19 HLS to Merton I must clear something up. You will remember that I said when we were with you I had written you «detailed view»
Series 1 #42.
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1954/06/03 TLS[x] from Merton It was fine to get not one but two letters from you. I am fascinated by the stories. I have read «detailed view»
Series 1 #43.
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1954/06/16 HLS to Merton Well, here's a third (don't be alarmed), to thank you for reading the stories and saying they were «detailed view»
Series 1 #44.
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1954/10/16 TLS[x] from Merton At last it is raining and I not only have the time to write a letter but am more or less in a mood «detailed view»
Series 1 #45.
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1954/11/15 HLS to Merton Of course you are free to use the poem I/They Spoke. You always have such freedom, «detailed view»
Series 1 #46.
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1955/10/14 HLS to Merton Dorothy and I are on the move again - probably for the last time in our lives - and yesterday, «detailed view»
Series 1 #47.
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1955/12/30 TLS[x] from Merton Your wonderful letter from Beaune was a happy surprise. Thank you for thinking of me at the Grande [earlier copy missing second page - second page (full letter) now copied from collection at Columbia University] «detailed view»
Series 1 #48.
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1956/01/12 HLS to Merton This is your poem if you want it. I wrote it the next day after Bob's in the middle of December, [contains Mark Van Doren's poem "Once in Kentucky (To Thomas Merton)"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #49.
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1956/02/11 TLS[x] from Merton We want to live in the minds of other people and we are surprised when we find ourselves there, «detailed view»
Series 1 #50.
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1956/03/18 HLS to Merton Thank you for finding what you did in my poem about you, and thank you for these two poems of yours, «detailed view»
Series 1 #51.
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1956/07/03 TLS[x] from Merton Here are the poems I threatened to send, but at the moment I have not found Birdcage Walk. «detailed view»
Series 1 #52.
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1956/07/30 TLS[x] from Merton I was deeply moved by your last letter. Certainly there is little one can do about being «detailed view»
Series 1 #53.
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1957/04/09 TLS[x] from Merton As I prepare to tell you that I have dedicated my last book of poems to you and Dorothy, I reflect «detailed view»
Series 1 #54.
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1957/05/01 HLS to Merton On this perfect May Day, high and blue, with cool air hiding in corners to surprise the warm air «detailed view»
Series 1 #55.
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1957/08/21 HLS to Merton Believe it or not, I have written an autobiograph, to be published next year by Harcourt Brace, «detailed view»
Series 1 #56.
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1957/08/30 TLS from Merton Your letter was wonderful. The idea of the autobiography is a fine one, and I am sure it will be [letter loaned to Merton Center in 2001 and became part of permanent collection in 2016] «detailed view»
Series 1 #57.
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1957/09/12 TALS to Merton A confession. I was careless about my dates, or rather about my times. We can reach Gethsemani «detailed view»
Series 1 #58.
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1957/09/17 HLS[x] from Merton By all means come in the afternoon of the 28th. I will be expecting you about two. That will give «detailed view»
Series 1 #59.
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1958/11/20 TLS[x] from Merton Well, they are hammering again, and I am sitting down to another letter. This time it is Father «detailed view»
Series 1 #60.
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1958/12/18 TLS[x] from Merton Quixote is here, where he belongs, among so many others like himself, and most welcome. «detailed view»
Series 1 #61.
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1959/06/06 TALS[x] from Merton I have not yet really written you the "Dear Mark" letter I should have written for the "feast" «detailed view»
Series 1 #62.
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1959/07/24 TLS[x] from Merton This is to you both since I have special thanks to each of you. First to Dot for this book, which I «detailed view»
Series 1 #63.
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1959/10/17 HLS[x] from Merton Do not be surprised at the letterhead- I am just in here for a minor operation. But while here «detailed view»
Series 1 #64.
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1959/10/31 TL[c] from Merton My last letter to you from the hospital was a little inadequate, especially as I was peeved about «detailed view»
Series 1 #65.
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1959/11/02? HCS from Merton To Mark and Dorothy with all love from Tom. [The following printed:] Lovingly prayerful best wishes [card and envelope loaned to Merton Center in 2001 and became part of permanent collection in 2016 - the catalog of rare book dealer Glenn Horowitz place the Christmas card with the envelope of 1959/11/02, which must have come in the same group of paper, but the envelope could be for letter of 1959/10/31] «detailed view»
Series 1 #66.
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1959/11/12 TLS[x] from Merton Charlie sent me his "confession" signed, "with love from Babylon" which immediately reassured me. «detailed view»
Series 1 #67.
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1960/02/22 HLS[x] from Merton For once I am going to write this by hand for it is quieter, though you probably won't be able to «detailed view»
Series 1 #68.
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1960/08/09 HPCS to Merton If there were anything left to say about the solitary life, you said it in this beautiful book. «detailed view»
Series 1 #69.
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1960/09/17 TALS[x] from Merton Thank you for your card about the little book on Solitude. I knew you would like it and understand «detailed view»
Series 1 #70.
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1960/12/02 HLS to Merton Before I forget your postscript (you probably have), Paula Van Doren is my niece - my brother Paul's «detailed view»
Series 1 #71.
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1961/02/16 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton It is a very long time since I have written. The pretext is this mimeographed thing, a deadpan «detailed view»
Series 1 #72.
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1961/02/16 (#02) other[x] from Merton ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB [-] (Points for meditation: to be scratched on the walls of a cave) [poem by Merton with a note to Van Doren: "+ for Mark - a dour meditation. Tom."] «detailed view»
Series 1 #73.
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1961/03/19 TLS to Merton Look here, young man, you're going to talk yourself out of Gethsemani. I don't really mean this, «detailed view»
Series 1 #74.
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1961/05/13 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton All I can say is that as June 6th approaches I am happy that no one but you will be going there «detailed view»
Series 1 #75.
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1961/05/13 (#02) other[x] from Merton THE MOSLEMS' ANGEL OF DEATH [-] (Algeria 1961) [-] Like a jeweled peacock he stirs all over [poem by Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #76.
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1961/06/14 (#01) HLS to Merton Dorothy and I went down last week as guest of Columbia while you were given the medal. «detailed view»
Series 1 #77.
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1961/06/14 (#02) other[x] to Merton Author Thomas Merton (the Reverend M. Louis, O.C.S.O.) an alumnus and former instructor in English [news release from Columbia University about Merton receiving the University Medal of Excellence - dated 1961/06/01 and sent with 1961/06/14 letter by Van Doren] «detailed view»
Series 1 #78.
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1961/06/14 (#03) other[x]  from Kirk, Grayson / to Merton Gifted master of language, in poem and prose, light-hearted as you are grave, you have reached out [statement from Grayson Kirk, President of Columbia University, on the occasion of Merton receiving the University Medal of Excellence - dated 1961/06/06 and sent with 1961/06/14 letter by Van Doren] «detailed view»
Series 1 #79.
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1961/06/14 (#04) HNS[x] from Russell [no surname] Bob Harron wrote the Merton citation. It was good to have a glimpse of you. [-] Yours [-] Russell [dated 1961/06/06 and sent with 1961/06/14 letter by Van Doren] «detailed view»
Series 1 #80.
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1961/06/14 (#05) HNS[x] from Ayres, Jean President Kirk himself, I am told, wrote the Commencement citation for Thomas Merton, in addition [from Jean Ayres, Assistant to Mr. Herpers at Columbia University, on the occasion of Merton receiving the University Medal of Excellence - dated 1961/06/08 and sent with 1961/06/14 letter by Van Doren] «detailed view»
Series 1 #81.
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1961/06/14 (#06) TLS[x] from Harron, Robert Nothing could have pleased me more than the letter I received from you about the Merton citation. [from Bob Harron, Assistant to the President at Columbia University, on the occasion of Merton receiving the University Medal of Excellence - dated 1961/06/12 and sent with 1961/06/14 letter by Van Doren] «detailed view»
Series 1 #82.
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1961/06/21 TLS[x] from Merton Here is the June solstice and I thank you for the medal in its box with its message of light «detailed view»
Series 1 #83.
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1961/09/09 (#01) HLS to Merton Yes, I'm to be in Louisville (Bellarmine College) December 1 and 2. And since I am due in «detailed view»
Series 1 #84.
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1961/09/09 (#02) TLS[x] from Harron, Robert I have returned from an absence in the Middle West and, in going through recent files, came upon [from Bob Harron, Assistant to the President at Columbia University - dated 1961/07/31] «detailed view»
Series 1 #85.
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1961/09/09 (#03) TL[c]  from Merton to Grayson Kirk Yesterday evening I received from the Father Abbot of our monastery the University Medal for [from Merton to Grayson Kirk, President of Columbia University - dated 1961/06/16 - poor copy, see "Kirk, Grayson" file for clearer version] «detailed view»
Series 1 #86.
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1961/09/20 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton It was good to get your letter and I am very happy that you can come. Sunday is not the best «detailed view»
Series 1 #87.
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1961/09/20 (#02) other[x] from Merton A LETTER TO PABLO ANTONIO CUADRA CONCERNING GIANTS [-] At a moment when all the discordant «detailed view»
Series 1 #88.
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1961/11/13 HLS to Merton I have learned that I have lectures (reading) to give both Friday and Saturday right in Louisville, «detailed view»
Series 1 #89.
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1961/11/22 TLS[x] from Merton Thank you for the latest letter: I was deeply touched that the Thurbers wanted a copy of the poem «detailed view»
Series 1 #90.
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1961/12/07 HLS to Merton For all your lovely deeds and words, much thanks. I shall never forget that day, at the retreat, «detailed view»
Series 1 #91.
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1962/01/15 TLS[x] from Merton I hear indirectly that this awful business about Charlie is starting up again. I hope that it is «detailed view»
Series 1 #92.
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1962/01/18 TLS[x] from Merton J. was here and left yesterday. I asked him if there was anything new about Charlie «detailed view»
Series 1 #93.
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1962/01/26 HLS to Merton Your first letter came by chance after the second but no matter: the whole thing is over «detailed view»
Series 1 #94.
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1962/02/04 HLS to Merton Your last two pieces, on Christian Action and Father [includes typescript of Van Doren's poem "Prophet"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #95.
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1962/03/29 HLS[x] from Merton If I have not written sooner about the Prophet poem it is probably because I am too busy with «detailed view»
Series 1 #96.
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1962/04/03 HPCS from Merton ~~~ [no words, just a wavy line - there is no signature or return address, but it is addressed to Van Doren and postmarked from New York] «detailed view»
Series 1 #97.
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1962/04/04 HLS to Merton I languished a whole day without the poems you promised. Here they are now, though, «detailed view»
Series 1 #98.
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1962/05/30 HLS to Merton Trips and other silly things delayed my reading of your Letters. I'm sorry for myself, «detailed view»
Series 1 #99.
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1962/08/09 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton Here, a poem. That is all. I have no other pretext for writing, but glad to have this one. [Cold War Letters #99] «detailed view»
Series 1 #100.
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1962/08/09 (#02) other[x] from Merton GRACE'S HOUSE [-] On the summit: it stands on a fair summit [-] Prepared by winds: and solid smoke [typescript of poem by Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #101.
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1962/08/09 (#03) transcript from Merton Here, a poem. That is all. I have no other pretext for writing, but glad to have this one. [Cold War Letters #99 - copy from bound set] «detailed view»
Series 1 #102.
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1963/07/28 HLS to Merton Long time no write, no see, but plenty often think about. And now comes The Early Legend, «detailed view»
Series 1 #103.
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1963/08/18 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the letter and above all for the book. THE book in every way: yours, ours, the year's, [verso: draft of letter's first couple of lines] «detailed view»
Series 1 #104.
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1963/08/18 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the letter and above all for the book. THE book in every way: yours, ours, the year's, «detailed view»
Series 1 #105.
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1963/09/07 HLS to Merton Paeans to you for your wonderful words about my giant book. I had feared it was too big, «detailed view»
Series 1 #106.
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1964/01/07 TLS to Merton Emblems of a Season of Fury has been giving off daily, nightly, by my chair in the living «detailed view»
Series 1 #107.
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1964/02/11 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton I have not been able to keep track of who owes who letter (as if there were scoresheets in these «detailed view»
Series 1 #108.
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1964/02/11 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I have not been able to keep track of who owes who letter (as if there were scoresheets in these «detailed view»
Series 1 #109.
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1964/02/11 (#03) other[x] from Merton MESSAGE TO POETS [-] Brothers, I speak to you from a distance as one who should be there. «detailed view»
Series 1 #110.
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1964/03/17 TLS to Merton Your last letter (not owed: letters aren't owed, any more than breaths are, or smiles) followed me «detailed view»
Series 1 #111.
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1964/07/23 HLS to Merton I break the silence of your summer (if silence) to say that Ted Andrews, our Shaker furniture friend «detailed view»
Series 1 #112.
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1964/08/04 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the word in the silence. I am sorry only of the occasion for it. I had as a matter «detailed view»
Series 1 #113.
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1964/08/04 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the word in the silence. I am sorry only of the occasion for it. I had as a matter «detailed view»
Series 1 #114.
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1964/12/19 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Yes, you bet we got winter. Your card woke me out of hibernation. Not really. But I have not been «detailed view»
Series 1 #115.
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1964/12/19 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Yes, you bet we got winter. Your card woke me out of hibernation. Not really. But I have not been «detailed view»
Series 1 #116.
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1965/01/03 TLS to Merton I shouldn't answer your last letter so soon, but tomorrow we go away for six weeks and I don't want «detailed view»
Series 1 #117.
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1965/09/29 HLS[x] from Merton How are you? I hope in good health now, though last I heard you were in a hospital. «detailed view»
Series 1 #118.
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1965/10/08 HLS[x] from Merton I'm fine, thank you. Hospital? I've never been in one - yet. True, in January I had a traumatic «detailed view»
Series 1 #119.
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1966/02/16 TLS to Merton I have hesitated to intrude upon your retreat, which even the New York Times knows about, «detailed view»
Series 1 #120.
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1966/02/24 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I did not know of the Journal Lax has been keeping. By all means send it along. If it is so good, «detailed view»
Series 1 #121.
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1966/02/24 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I did not know of the Journal Lax has been keeping. By all means send it along. If it is so good, «detailed view»
Series 1 #122.
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1966/03/06 TLS to Merton Thank you for telling us how you live - I know you live - and for the Tales of Nasrudin, «detailed view»
Series 1 #123.
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1966/03/17 HPCS[x] from Merton Lax's book is certainly the book of the year. I am really liking it and will send I think «detailed view»
Series 1 #124.
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1966/07/25 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It is so long since I wrote to you and so much water has gone under the bridge that the bridge «detailed view»
Series 1 #125.
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1966/07/25 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton It is so long since I wrote to you and so much water has gone under the bridge that the bridge «detailed view»
Series 1 #126.
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1966/08/21 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton I forget if I ever sent you these scurrilous lines in praise of Bob Lax's movie career. «detailed view»
Series 1 #127.
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1966/08/21 (#02) other[x] from Merton WESTERN FELLOW STUDENTS SALUTE WITH CALYPSO ANTHEMS THE MOVIE CAREER OF [typescript of a poem by Merton - "Western Fellow Students Salute with Calypso Anthems the Movie Career of Robert Lax"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #128.
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1968/02/26 HPCS to Merton Heavy footed, for heavy weather. Ponderous gods down here. We are on a two- [verso: color postcard of a stone statue of the Aztec god Tlaloc - sent from Mexico] «detailed view»
Series 1 #129.
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1968/03/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for the card of old big boots down in Mexico. I thought seriously of Tlaloc last night «detailed view»
Series 1 #130.
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1968/03/12 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Many thanks for the card of old big boots down in Mexico. I thought seriously of Tlaloc last night «detailed view»
Series 1 #131.
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1968/03/15 TLS to Merton I shouldn't answer you so quickly, but the fact is that I was about to write you to say that I had «detailed view»
Series 1 #132.
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1968/04/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton They can call this Friday Good: bright sun, blue hills, many birds, and the local mockingbird who «detailed view»
Series 1 #133.
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1968/04/12 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton They can call this Friday Good: bright sun, blue hills, many birds, and the local mockingbird who «detailed view»
Series 1 #134.
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1968/04/16 TLS to Merton Use the poem of course if you really like it, and entitulate it as you seefitulate. I know they're «detailed view»
Series 1 #135.
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1968/06/22 HLS to Merton Monks Pond No. 2 is even better - maybe my favorite is «detailed view»
Series 1 #136.
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1968/07/23 (#01) TL[c] from Merton MPOND iii is now in the press, which is to say it is being typed on stencils by a Jesuit scholastic «detailed view»
Series 1 #137.
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1968/07/23 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton MPOND iii is now in the press, which is to say it is being typed on stencils by a Jesuit scholastic «detailed view»
Series 1 #138.
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1968/11/29 HCS to Merton I never expected to hear from you in those parts, and when you said the monastery would forward mail [Christmas card to Merton (never received) - verso: Van Doren's poem, "Winter Calligraphy"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #139.
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1968/11/no? HPCS[x] from Merton I have been confronting this huge presence for about 10 days. Out of 1 month or more in India, most [verso of postcard - Mount Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling, India] «detailed view»
Series 1 #140.
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1968/12/10 (#01) telegram from Burns, Flavian WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE DEATH OF FATHER THOMAS MERTON IN BANGKOK [from Dom Flavian Burns, Abbot of Gethsemani] «detailed view»
Series 1 #141.
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1968/12/10 (#02) HLS[x] to Burns, Flavian Terrible as it is, thank you for sending me tonight the news of Thomas Merton's death. He was one «detailed view»
Series 1 #142.
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1972/08/19 HLS to Center from Van Doren, Mark I have your letter of August 7, 1972, concerning my correspondence with Thomas Merton. «detailed view»
Series 1 #143.
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1973/11/30 TL[x] from Center to Estate of Mark Van Doren Mr. Victor Kramer at Georgia State University has requested permission to look at Dr. Mark Van «detailed view»
Series 1 #144.
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1973/12/03 HLS to Center from Van Doren, Dorothy I am glad to give permission for examination of my late husband's letter to Thomas Merton. «detailed view»
Series 1 #145.
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undated/no/no (#01) other[x] from Merton Maybe the reason why I have written so little is that I have written so much to everybody under the [see Sub-Section D.9 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark Van Doren from inside mimeograph of "The Cold War Letters" (rare brief version)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #146.
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undated/no/no (#02) other[x] from Merton +to Mark and Dorothy Van Doren with all blessings and affection in Christ [-] Tom [-] f M. Louis [see Sub-Section D.9 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark Van Doren from inside mimeograph of "Notes on Sacred Art"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #147.
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undated/no/no (#03) other[x] from Merton +for Mark and Dorothy - with all Christmas blessings - 1960 [-] Tom. [see Sub-Section D.9 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark and Dorothy Van Doren from inside offprint of "The Catholic and Creativity"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #148.
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undated/no/no (#04) other[x] from Merton +Mark - sorry for my delay in sending this - I can't remember if I already sent you a copy. Tom. [see Sub-Section D.9 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark Van Doren from inside mimeograph of "Notes on Genesis"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #149.
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undated/no/no (#05) other[x] from Merton +for Mark and Dot with whom I have no disputes for whom I have nothing but the deepest friendship [see Sub-Section B.6 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark and Dorothy Van Doren from inside of Disputed Questions] «detailed view»
Series 1 #150.
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undated/no/no (#06) other[x] from Merton +to Mark and Dot a rather late announcement but valid for any day. Tom [see Sub-Section B.6 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark and Dorothy Van Doren from inside of Disputed Questions] «detailed view»
Series 1 #151.
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undated/no/no (#07) other[x] from Merton for Mark - handle with care - happy new year [-] Tom [see Sub-Section B.6 for original - copy of inscription by Merton to Mark Van Doren from inside of Seeds of Destruction] «detailed view»

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