Thomas Merton: Hermit at the Heart of Things


by J.S. Porter

Thomas Merton: Hermit at the Heart of Things
Publication date: 2008-03-31
Number of pages: 216
ISBN: 9782896460083

Thomas Merton remains one of the most significant figures of our time, even forty years after his death. In a series of ten literary portraits, J.S. Porter offers the reader ten different ways to approach Merton:

  • the contemplative activist
  • the journal keeper
  • the metaphor-maker
  • the tone-setter
  • the letter writer
  • the intellectual
  • the poet
  • the translator
  • the dreamer
  • the lover

Porter includes a brief biography of Merton, a top-ten list of books by Merton and a top-ten list of books about Merton.

Thomas Merton: Hermit at the Heart of Things is a major addition to our understanding of Merton; it will intrigue those versed in Merton lore and fascinate those who may be meeting Merton for the first time in this engaging work.

J.S. Porter is a poet and reader. He is also the author of The Thomas Merton Poems (Moonstone) and Spirit Book Word: An Inquiry into Literature and Spirituality (Novalis), and a contributor to The Literary Review of Canada and The Globe and Mail.

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