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Author QuotedWilliam Carlos Williams
Title QuotedIn the American grain
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/04/06
Imprint[New York] : [New Directions Books]. [1956]
QuotationJ. Laughlin"”your publisher and min"”tells me you have been quite sick, a fact which I am sorry to hear. I hope you will be getting better soon & will be writing some more. From the thirties on I have been reading your poetry with great pleasure, and recently I opened up [In the] American Grain & came upon your fine essay on Daniel Boone. It moved me very much. I have a little house in the woods near the Abbey & all my neighbors are Boones & I guess I myself have become a Boone in my own way. What you said about D. Boone is profoundly meaningful, in a time when I get so sick of our infidelity to the original American grace that I no longer know what to do. Anyway Daniel Boone had it & I think you have kept it.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 289
Letter toWilliam Carlos Williams
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