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Merton's Correspondence with:

Nancy Fly Bredenberg; Nancy Bredenberg

Bredenberg, Nancy Fly, 1947-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968
Volume: 8 item(s); 20 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Nancy Fly Bredenberg was a student attending Vassar College in New York. She asked Merton for some advice on a class paper she was writing.

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Bredenberg in The Road to Joy, pp. 361-362; and see also the "Pfeiffenberger, Andrea" file.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1967/11/28 HLS to Merton I first read your name a little less than a year ago when I noticed an article you had written for asking for help on writing a paper on Merton's poetry «detailed view»
2. 1967/12/11 TL[c] from Merton Denise Levertov was here yesterday and in our good visit together I was reminded of Vassar and Spanish and Latin American poets / Zukofsky favorite of North American poets / importance of Merton's writing, but out of mainstream writing world - "not a regular 'Catholic poet'" «detailed view»
3. 1967/12/19 TLS to Merton How pleased I was to receive your very warm letter! The answers to my questions will be very Denise Levertov leaving Vassar - connection with the Peace Movement «detailed view»
4. 1968/02/12 HLS to Merton If this note seems rather messy and hurried, it's because I'm sitting in the Retreat (Vassar's own Merton's "Edifying Cables" and Bob Dylan / sending two Vassar student publications Bredenberg edited - Review and Coccatrice / submissions to Monks Pond «detailed view»
5. 1968/02/22 TL[c] from Merton Thanks so much for your letter and the magazines. I appreciate your comments on the Cables. sending Cables to the Ace shortly - enjoyed Bredenberg's criticism / Andrea Pfeiffenberger [Andy Pfeiffenberger] / Monks Pond delayed - "monks are going wild printing a lot of new liturgy texts so what do they care about poetry? (And what do I care about liturgy?)" «detailed view»
6. 1968/03/no? HLS to Merton I'm writing this in a cafĂ© on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. Since school got out last Friday spring vacation hitchhiking to San Francisco / presidential election - Kennedy and McCarthy «detailed view»
7. 1968/04/03 HLS to Merton Here at last is a poem. It's one that I was more excited about around 3 weeks ago, but I don't know [mentions sending poem - poem not included with letter] plans of transfer to Berkeley «detailed view»
8. 1968/04/22 TL[c] from Merton Thanks so much for your two letters and the poem. You are very adventurous: that was a good on Bredenberg's thoughts of transferring from Vassar to Berkeley / Andrea Pfeiffenberger / poems by Pfeiffenberger and Bredenberg / suggested revisions to Bredenberg's poem / David Ignatow and Russel Edson «detailed view»

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