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When Prophecy Still Had a Voice: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax Hardcover – 31 Jan 2001

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; 1st edn edition (31 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081312168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813121680
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,122,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A book that will fascinate readers, especially those who love Merton, but really anyone with a sense of comic or profane humor, and interest in spiritual motivation and direction, a fascination with how two very separate and solitary individuals can merge their identities to form a whole greater than the two parts." -- Bowling Green Daily News

"Here, in their garrulous exchange of letters spanning 30 years, we see the childlike part of Merton: the innocent, eccentric, irreverent, prankish Thomas Merton.... Even a reluctant reader will be seduced by the rich brew of humor and wisdom that these letters provide." -- Lexington Herald-Leader

"A delight.... At the same time, they reveal serious struggles with personal vocation and issues such as peace and the Cold War." -- Library Journal

"The letters are reckless, sophomoric, erudite, witty, iconoclastic, frank, serious, youthfully exhuberant, scatological, excessive, wordly, mystical, selfconsciously clever, earthy, subversive, and holy -- but above all, charmingly human." -- Wade Hall


When Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was 20 years old, he met Robert Lax (1915-), who was to become his best friend. In 1941 Merton entered into the Abbey of Gethsemani; he and Lax saw each other only four more times. This text collects every letter that exists between the two.

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