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Merton's Correspondence with:

Arthur Hays Sulzberger; Arthur H. Sulzberger; Sulzberger, Arthur H.

Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961
Volume: 2 item(s); 3 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Arthur Sulzberger writes to Merton after having seen a letter from Merton to a mutual friend, Grayson Kirk. In that letter, Merton makes a statement about Christian appreciation of "natural wisdoms that have stayed alive". Sulzberger, as a Jew, states that he shares that appreciation as well and sees no conflict. He also asks Merton about some of the challenges posed by Communist China. Merton responds concerning Christian and Jewish spirituality and appreciation of other wisdom traditions. In addition, he offers his take on the necessity of recognizing the reality of Communist China, a general ignorance in most Americans of the issue, a suggestion for a series on Marxism in the Sunday Times Magazine, and the response of Latin America and Africa to Communism and Capitalism.


Arthur Hays Sulzberger was Chairman of the Board of The New York Times and its former publisher.

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Related Information and Links

See also the "Kirk, Grayson" file; and see also one published letter from Merton to Sulzberger in Witness to Freedom, pp. 159-161.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1961/07/06 TLS to Merton Our mutual friend Grayson Kirk has shared with me (a Columbia man and also trustee emeritus) «detailed view»
2. 1961/07/26 TL[c] from Merton Your very good letter of the 6th has reached me. I am of course delighted that Grayson Kirk saw fit «detailed view»

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