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Author QuotedBoris Pasternak
Title QuotedDoctor Zhivago
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/10/16
Imprint[S.l.] : Pantheon. 1958
QuotationThanks for your letter, and for the Pasternak Selected Wrigings which came in today. I was not trying to rush you, I would have been content to wait for the new one. However I am glad to have this. I hope to write a study of Pasternak, and this will help out. Thanks also for forwarding the letter Pasternak wrote to me. I was exciting to get it and his few words confirmed my conviction of the deep understanding that exists between us, or rather the identity of certain basic ideas and attitudes in both of us. I had written to him about this and he repleid in kind. His Zhivago was a tremendous piece of work, not of course perfect in every respect, but all the better for it.
Quotation SourceThomas Merton and James Laughlin: Selected Letters.; Edited by David D. Cooper. / New York: W.W. Norton. 1997, p. 134-35
Letter toJames Laughlin
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