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Merton's Correspondence with:

Grace Cali; Cali, Grace; Grace Calí; Grace Calí Leonard; Mrs. Leonard; Grace Leonard; Leonard, Grace

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1959, 1995
Volume: 7 item(s); 7 pg(s)

Scope and Content


During the time of Merton's correspondence with Paul Tillich, Grace Calí Leonard was Tillich's secretary and editorial assistant at Harvard University. Now going by her maiden name of Calí in her later roles as journalist and freelance writer, her book entitled Paul Tillich, First Hand: A Memoir of the Harvard Years was published in 1996, which includes a chapter on Merton and Tillich.

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Calí (listed under former name "Mrs. Leonard") in Witness to Freedom, pp. 300-302.

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. 1959/06/20 TLS[x] from Merton Thank you for your kind letter telling me that Dr Tillich had read and enjoyed Prometheus. asks Tillich's thoughts on sacred art for Merton's Art and Worship book / things that different denominations of Christians have in common / asks Calí for recommended books by or about Albert Schweitzer «detailed view»
2. 1959/06/23 TLS[x] to Merton I can't tell you how much I appreciated your very kind letter. Dr. Tillich would, of course, want Paul Tillich sends books and the lecture "Art and Ultimate Reality" / Calí sends Albert Schweitzer's Out of My Life and Thought - Tillich recommends Schweitzer's The Quest of the Historical Jesus / Calí friend interested in solitary life but Calí questions whether vowed religious life is a holier existence «detailed view»
3. 1959/07/07 TL[x] from Merton The two booksof [sic] Dr Tillich arrived yesterday morning with the autobiography of Albert Merton agrees with Tillich's view of sacred art - need to focus on expressionism rather than realism / Merton responds to Calí's questioning of the monastic life and offers that it cannot be an escape from the "world" but an "acceptance of the highest responsibility and the most delicate and difficult freedom" «detailed view»
4. 1995/04/10 TLS to Center from Calí, Grace May I identify myself as the "Mrs. Leonard" listed on pages 300-302 of the latest edition of Thomas identifies herself as the "Mrs. Leonard" in Witness to Freedom / Calí's current pursuits and plans to write book about Tillich and to include Merton's letters to her «detailed view»
5. 1995/04/20 TL[x] from Center to Calí, Grace I have received your letter about your book, tentatively titled Paul Tillich - The Human Side asking for copies of letters to and from Merton «detailed view»
6. 1995/04/29 TLS to Center from Calí, Grace Thank you so much for your prompt response to my letter about permission to use Thomas Merton's sending copies of the exchange of letters / first letter from Calí to Merton is missing «detailed view»
7. 1995/05/03 TL[x] from Center to Calí, Grace I have received the copies of Thomas Merton's two letters to you and of the one from you to him. «detailed view»

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