When Prophecy Still Had a Voice: The Letters of Thomas Merton & Robert Lax


J. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a twenty-year-old sophomore when he was introduced to fellow student Robert Lax (1915-2000) in the Columbia University cafeteria in 1935. They were brought together by an admiration for each other's writing in the college humor magazine. Upon graduation in 1938, Merton converted to Roman Catholicism; Lax began graduate study in English and took a job at the New Yorker . Three years later, Merton entered the Abbey of Gethsemani, and he and Lax saw each other only four more times. Yet their ...

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