First Edition of Thomas Merton's Disputed Questions
Item Number: 110576
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1960.
First edition of Merton’s work on the relation of the person to the social organization. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Charles S. Gottlieb. Ownership inscription.
In 1941, aspiring author Thomas Merton decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter the Abbey of Gethsemani, a community of monks belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists), the most ascetic Roman Catholic monastic order. From Gethsemani, Merton proceeded to become arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the 20th century. The twenty-seven years he spent in the monastery impelled him into the political arena, where he became, according to Daniel Berrigan, the conscience of the peace movement of the 1960's. In Disputed Questions, Merton discusses such topics as The Pasternak Affair, Christianity and Totalitarianism, The Primitive Carmelite Ideal, and his Philosophy of Solitude.