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Merton and Waugh: A Monk, A Crusty Old Man, and The Seven Storey Mountain

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From 1948 to 1952 the lives of Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and British novelist, Evelyn Waugh, were closely intertwined. During these years, Waugh became enthusiastic about American Catholicism, in particular, monasticism as seen through the eyes of the author ofThe Seven Storey Mountain. He agreed to edit Merton’s autobiography and the subsequentWaters of Siloe, for pub ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Paraclete Press
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Rob Duffy
Jul 30, 2016 Rob Duffy rated it it was amazing
Deep insight into the personalities of two very interesting Catholic Writers in the 20th c. and their relationship. Letters are fascinating. The book as a whole allows one to meditate deeply on the concerns both express (implicitly and explicitly) about their vocations as Catholics and writers.
Rob Secundus
Mar 05, 2015 Rob Secundus rated it really liked it
I purchased this in the hopes of it being a more critical text, an examination of how each writers' works influenced the other.

This is not that book. What it is is an absolutely delightful collection of letters between the two men given very useful context by Coady. I don't think that there was any biographical information about Waugh unknown to me (or to the reader generally familiar with his life), however, I feel now I have a much better grasp of Waugh's attitudes towards both religion and A
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Carolyn
Mar 06, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Two new authors in my circle of readings and Mary Frances Coady very aptly shows the friendship through letters and commentary that provide the impetus that connected these two diverse men. Thomas Merton was a first discovery with his book on Solitude and The Seven Storey Mountain. This wonderful little book though helps one see the impact upon friends in both directions. Merton praying for his friend and his relationship with God and at the same time Waugh offering his criticism of the writings ...more
Phillip W.
Mar 04, 2015 Phillip W. rated it it was ok
There were some interesting bits and pieces in this book. The most interesting bit is that in nearly every letter that Thomas Merton wrote to Evelyn Waugh, he expressed dissatisfaction with his life as a Trappist, blaming it for various aspects of his writing he thought inferior. Clearly, Merton saw his vocation as a writer as primary, and his vocation to monasticism as secondary--a backdrop.

I give the book two stars because some of the bits and pieces inspire. But it's a thin book, loosely stru
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As a engineer who wishes to someday author a book, I found the letters between Merton and Waugh full of advice. Advice on writing and on living. As someone who has read their books their letters provided greater insight into their writing and lives. I wish that others can find how our lives change as we grow in our lifetime.
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