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Thomas Merton Monk and Poet: A Critical Study
Thomas Merton Monk and Poet A Critical Study Author:George Woodcock During the 1960s Merton went beyond the reunion of Christians toward a wider understanding between Christians and en of other faiths and even en without--in the conventional sense--any faith at all. When he set out on the Asian journey which ended when he died in Bangkok, he was extending his inquiries and his sympathies beyond those who might b... more »e regarded as representatives of established spiritual traditions--even traditions so eccentric as those of Zen or Sufism... In all this Merton was obeying what he saw in his last years as the 'life of freedom and detachment,' the marginal or desert existence to which the monk was called. It was a desert that, like Blake's grain of sand, contained a world...I am not a Catholic; I am not even a practicing Christian...I trust I shall show myself as appreciative of Merton's virtues--even when I disagree with him--as he showed himself of teh virtues of the Taoist Chuang Tzu and the Zen poet Basho.
George Woodcock, one of Canada's most distinguished men of letters, is a biographer, poet, editor, and critic. Among his many books is his biography of George Orwell, The Crystal Spirit, which won the Governor-General's Award.« less