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Merton's Correspondence with:

Clare Boothe Luce; Claire Boothe Luce; C. B. Luce; Luce, Claire Boothe; Luce, Clare (Boothe)

Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1948-1968
Volume: 6 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content


From a humble beginning in New York, Clare Boothe Luce rose to prominent and varied careers, including an advocate for the women's movement, managing editor of Vanity Fair, a satirist and playwright, Life magazine correspondent in Europe during World War II, Republican legislator in the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut, and ambassador to Italy. She was known for her scathing wit. Her husband after a remarriage was Henry R. Luce, who was president of Time magazine, and his death in 1964 allowed her to retire to Hawaii, but she remained active in Republican politics. She converted to Catholicism in 1944 after the death of her only daughter. Henry Luce donated the land that made Mepkin Abbey possible in Conyers, Georgia. Clare Boothe Luce writes to Merton in 1948 to thank him for his books. (Source: "Luce, Clare Boothe." World Authors 1900-1950 (1996). Online. H.W. Wilson. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 16 September 2005. ‹›.)

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See also Cold War Letters #17 published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 26-27.

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1948/10/23 TAL[c] to Merton I have wanted to write to you for a long time now. After Dom Frederic sent me your last two books, remembering Dom Frederic Dunne's character and holiness / describing the part of the plantation in South Carolina donated by the Luce's to Bishop Walsh for the founding of a Trappist monastery (Mepkin Abbey) and her hopes that Merton would go there / Merton's poems and Seven Storey Mountain «detailed view»
2. 1949/08/15 TALS to Merton Your letter, and several from the Abbot arrived on my feast day. Your and one of his told me [dated: "Feast of the Assumption of the BV 1949"] «detailed view»
3. 1949/no/no? HNS to Merton This is the poem that built a Trappist monastery. I first read it twenty years ago. [long note inside an edition of The Marshes of Glynn, poem by Sidney Lanier with photographs by Mose Daniels] poem by Sidney Lanier as an inspiration for the donation of the land that the Luce family gave for the establishment of Mepkin Abbey «detailed view»
4. 1962/01/no? transcript from Merton What can I say about those three utterly magnificent books. Especially the Giotto. [Cold War Letters #17 - copy from bound set of letters] «detailed view»
5. 1968/06/10 TLS  from Farmer, Dorothy (Luce's secretary) / to Merton Mrs. Luce asked me to tell you that Volume XV of the Encyclopedia of World Art will be «detailed view»
6. 1968/06/19 TL[c] from Merton Yesterday I got a note from Dorothy saying that the final volume of the Encyclopedia of World «detailed view»

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