New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1964. First printing. Octavo, original brick cloth spine, paper boards, red top edge, original dust jacket. Early owner signature to front pastedown, bookplate to free front endpaper, card pocket removed from rear pastedown. Dust jacket with edge-wear, closed tears, and chipping to spine. Very good. Item #58
First edition of this collection of essays "written in, and for, a time of crisis--the moral crisis of racism and the "black revolution" and the spiritual crisis occasioned by the passing of the old order." (jacket copy). These essays originally appeared in the pages of Commonweal, Jubilee, Ramparts, and Blackfriars. Contents: Part One. Black Revolution, Part Two. The Disapora, Part Three. "Letters in a Time of Crisis" prints Merton's letters to figures such as Jacques Maritain, Frank Sheed, Dorothy Day, and James Baldwin. With Author's Note dated Abbey of Gethsemani July, 1964. Approbations.