Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998. Later printing. Octavo, original black cloth, gold ribbon marker, uncut, original dust jacket. Fine. Item #106
"AFTER COMMUNION I THOUGHT MY HERAT WAS GOING TO EXPLODE" Fiftieth anniversary edition of Merton's timeless spiritual autobiography. This elegant edition features an Introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a Note to the Reader by William Shannon, Founding President of the International Thomas Merton Society. Giroux provides a fascinating account of his friendship with Merton, the origins of the book, the arduous process of writing and editing in conjunction with the Trappist censors, and the acclaim on publication in 1948. The back panel of the dust jacket features a Sibylle Akers photo of Merton, taken at Gethsemani in 1959. With laid-in printing of "The Merton Prayer" on a 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 card. Approbations.