Item #1483 Thoughts in Solitude. Thomas Merton.
Thoughts in Solitude
Thoughts in Solitude
Thoughts in Solitude
Thoughts in Solitude

Thoughts in Solitude

New York: Farrar , Straus & Cudahy, 1958. First edition. Octavo, original brick red cloth, gilt spine and device to front board, original dust jacket. Early owner signature, horizontal closed tear across spine, minor wear to corners and spine ends. Very good indeed. Item #1483

"MY LORD GOD, I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE I AM GOING"

First edition of Thoughts in Solitude, a collection of reflections on the spiritual life, including "The Merton Prayer"—in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Arno.

Of divine origin, "the spiritual life is that life to which something is directed, something not of human making yet addressed to human life and intellect" (James Schall). Thoughts in Solitude is "closely related" to Seeds of Contemplation and No Man is an Island. Merton's short Preface relates how the meditations were composed in 1953 and 1954 when the author, "by the grace of God and the favor of his superiors, was able to enjoy special opportunities for solitude and meditation." The text is divided into two sections: Part One. Aspects of the Spiritual Life (numbered I - XIX), Part Two. The Love of Solitude (I - XVII). A brief Author's Note acknowledges the influence of the Swiss philosopher Max Picard (The World of Silence) on the Love of Solitude, which includes the meditation now known as "the Merton Prayer." Approbations. Schall. Another Sort of Learning, 268; Horowitz. Thomas Merton, 16; Dell'Isola. Thomas Merton: A Bibliography, A28.

Price: $350.00

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