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Merton's Correspondence with:

Ira Sandperl

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1966-1967
Volume: 8 item(s); 8 pg(s)

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Ira Sandperl was a friend and mentor of Joan Baez and came with her to visit Merton in December of 1966. Sandperl was an authority on Gandhi and co-founded a peace institute with Joan Baez.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1966/12/05 telegram  from Sandperl, Ira / to James Fox Joan Baez and I will arrive Thursday morning. Ping Berry [sic] sends his greetings. Looking «detailed view»
2. 1966/12/11 HPCS to Merton Thank you very much for your more than gracious hospitality. Please thank Dom James for us too. «detailed view»
3. 1966/12/14 TL[c] from Merton I don't know if this will get there ahead of the card and note I sent yesterday. It may. I thought [to Sandperl and Joan Baez] sending "singable" poems, notes on Syrian monasticism / non-violence piece for FOR people in Vienna / praise for Joan's record "Noel" «detailed view»
4. 1967/01/30 HLS to Merton The cities of Japan are neither recognizably European nor […] American, but certainly the impression modern cities and beautiful countryside of Japan / discussions with Japanese Catholics and Buddhists about the peace movement «detailed view»
5. 1967/02/14 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your note from Tokyo. I hope the trip was very good in every way. After you had gone I Al Capp [Li'l Abner cartoon mocking Baez as "Joanie Phoanie"] / Bob Dylan / William Faulkner «detailed view»
6. 1967/07/30 HPCS to Merton I think of you often (and always use your Gandhi book at our Institute). I wish frequently that we «detailed view»
7. 1967/09/04 TPCS to Merton Thank you for your good note. Your piece on Christian nonviolence was first rate. Joan was Merton's book dedicated to Joan Baez «detailed view»
8. 1967/no/no? TLS to Merton As always it was good to hear from you. In spite of the fact that Joan and I seem to be almost Ping Ferry / Merton's stay in the hospital «detailed view»

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