Beyond the Cloister

'A Silent Action'

Engagements with Thomas Merton
Rowan Williams
Fons Vitae, $19.95, 96 pp.

Like most of us, Rowan Williams, retired archbishop of Canterbury, came to know Thomas Merton through his writings—through books, poems, reviews, and essays composed during his lifetime, and after his death principally through collections of his journals and letters. The story of Merton’s monastic career has been told often and well: how in entering the cloister in 1942 he thought he had left his old life behind to become a new man...

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Harold Isbell has been an academic, a banker, and a translator. He lives in San Francisco.

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