An important addition to the Merton-artifacts collection:

A group of over 30 original mimeographs, offprints, and periodicals purchased from Merton bookdealer Jeannette Cantrell who received them from monk of Gethsemani Tom Zele. This group of items was obtained by Zele during the 1960s while living alongside Merton at the monastery.

A partial selection from this lot includes:

  • Mimeograph poems (“The Night of Destiny”);
  • Mimeograph articles (“The Future of Monasticism”, “The Meaning of Malcolm X”, “The Hot Summer of Sixty Seven”, “Openness and Cloister”, “The Other Side of Despair / Notes on Christian Existentialism”); 
  • Mimeograph reviews (“War and Vision / The Autobiography of a Crow Indian”);
  • Mimeograph translations (“Found Macaronic Antipoem”);
  • Offprints (“The Zen Koan”, “Ecumenism and Monastic Renewal”);
  • Periodicals (“The Root of War” in Pax Bulletin);
  • Mimeograph conference notes (“Conference on Prayer” for Conference of Religious of India, Feast of Christ the King, 1968, Calcutta);
  • Mimeograph book sections (“A Christian Looks at Zen / Introduction to ‘The Golden Age of Zen'” by John C.H. Wu); and
  • Mimeograph future book titles (“Cold War Letters”, “Clement of Alexandria”)  

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