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Merton's Correspondence with:

William Carlos Williams

Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  printer


Descriptive Summary

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

Scope and Content

Merton had been reading William Carlos Williams since the 1930's. Their mutual publisher, James Laughlin of New Directions, informed Merton that Williams had been sick. Merton wishes him better health and writes in praise of Williams' essay on Daniel Boone. Williams suggests that Merton read Allen Ginsberg's books of poetry, and, in particular, Kaddish and Other Poems 1958-1960.


William Carlos Williams was a poet, novelist, playwright and essayist from Rutherford, New Jersey, where he also maintained a pediatric medical practice. (Source: The Courage for Truth, p. 289.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Williams in The Courage for Truth, pp. 289-290.

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1961/04/06 HLS[x] from Merton J. Laughlin - your publisher and mine,- tells me you have been quite sick, a fact which I am sorry «detailed view»
2. 1961/04/10 TLS to Merton The passionate addiction to God which you show me has penetrated even my thick hide, not that I am «detailed view»
3. 1961/07/11 TLS[x] from Merton It has taken me a long time to get to be able to follow your advice and read Kaddish, because nobody «detailed view»

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