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Shannon, William H. (William Henry) 1917-2012

Works: 64 works in 202 publications in 8 languages and 8,432 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Encyclopedias  History  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: BX4705.M542, B
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Most widely held works about William H Shannon
Most widely held works by William H Shannon
The hidden ground of love : the letters of Thomas Merton on religious experience and social concerns by Thomas Merton( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evelyn Waugh, at the start of Thomas Merton's monastic career, advised him to "write serious letters", and also urged him to make an art of it. This advice flowered in the sixties, especially after his monastic superiors ordered him to cease publishing anything on war and peace. "Monk concerned with peace. Bad image", Merton seethed in a letter, and launched his series of privately circulated mimeographed "Cold War Letters", one-third of which are published for the first time in this book. The Hidden Ground of Love is a rich collection of Merton's letters in a period of his greatest concern about religion's seeming powerlessness against global violence and nuclear war. Though the book concentrates primarily on the last decade of his 27 years as a Trappist, it opens with a few early letters to Catherine Doherty before he became a monk. His extraordinary growth as a mystic and religious thinker, deeply concerned about the materialistic world's drift toward the abyss, is revealed in these pages
Thomas Merton's dark path : the inner experience of a contemplative by William H Shannon( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mystical tradition the "dark," or apophatic way has a long history. It is the way of John of the Cross, of Master Eckhart, of Juliana of Norwich, of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, and of Thomas Merton. This dark path of contemplation that Merton followed, wrote about extensively, and considered the focal point of his life is the subject of William H. Shannon's book
Silent lamp : the Thomas Merton story by William H Shannon( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thoroughly chronicles his outer journey, telling the story in terms of the significant events and experiences that shaped his spiritual path. It sheds new light on the principal themes that Merton developed as a writer and teacher, from the renewal of monastic life to the poetry of Latin America, from the demands of interracial justice to the teachings of the Sufi masters. As the author puts it, "This book attempts to look at the inner journey which alone gives meaning
The inner experience : notes on contemplation by Thomas Merton( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton's last book, in which he draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life. Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions. Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer. But now the Merton Legacy Trust and experts have determined that the book makes such a valuable contribution as his major comprehensive presentation of contemplation that they have allowed its publication
The seven storey mountain by Thomas Merton( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This unique spiritual autobiography is the account of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith eventually leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding religious orders - the Trappists. At the monastery, and within the "four walls of my new freedom," Merton wrote this extraordinary testament - a document of a man who withdrew from the world only after he had fully immersed himself in it. For this Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, Robert Giroux has written a memoir of how he came to publish The Seven Storey Mountain, and Merton's distinguished biographer, William H. Shannon, has supplied a note for the reader."
Passion for peace : the social essays by Thomas Merton( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witness to freedom : the letters of Thomas Merton in times of crisis by Thomas Merton( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witness to Freedom is the fifth and final volume in the extraordinary correspondence of "one of the most original and challenging minds of the mid-twentieth century" (John Tracy Ellis, The New York Times Book Review). Dramatic and revealing, these letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Thomas Merton's life and vocation, giving readers, in his own words, the details and behind-the-scene facts of his personal struggles as well as his lifelong commitment to peace. This remarkable collection includes the unpublished "Cold War Letters" (as well as a complete list of the series), with Merton's original preface, which confirms their continuing relevance in the cause of peace. There are letters to ecologist Rachel Carson; artist and type designer Victor Hammer; Merton's friend and agent Naomi Burton Stone; his teacher Mark Van Doren; the Canadian philosopher Leslie Dewart; the French Arabic scholar Louis Massignon; and other famous as well as unknown correspondents. There is a courageous open letter to the American hierarchy on the issue of war. Witness to Freedom shows Merton as a living witness against war, perhaps one of the greatest of our century
The Thomas Merton encyclopedia by William H Shannon( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 350 alphabetized entries on American Trappist monk, religious writer, and poet Thomas Merton, covering all of his published works as well as the persons, places, and themes that shaped his life
The lively debate; response to Humanae vitae by William H Shannon( Book )

4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silence on fire : the prayer of awareness by William H Shannon( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking the face of God : an approach to Christian prayer and spirituality by William H Shannon( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anselm : the joy of faith by William H Shannon( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Merton, a life in letters : the essential collection by Thomas Merton( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects significant letters from the Trappist monk, civil rights activist, and writer, offering insight into his spirituality and his quest combine to Eastern philosophy with Western spirituality
Seeds of peace : contemplation and nonviolence by William H Shannon( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Shannon offers hope and answers to all of us who want peace in our personal lives, our relationships, and the world in which we live. He calls us to new and exciting experiences that far surpass the kind of life that is possible at the level of just the superficial. He shows us how a contemplative life, which enables us to experience our oneness with God and in God with one another, inevitably leads to a lifestyle of non-violence and unconditional love. These ideas are the seeds of a peaceful life. It is William Shannon's gift that he can help us to achieve it."--Jacket
Cold War letters by Thomas Merton( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published for the first time in book form, this collection of 111 letters from Thomas Merton to friends, activists, artists, and intellectuals was written between October 1961 and October 1962. As the world seemed to tumble toward a nuclear apocalypse, Merton sought to create a community of concern that might raise a moral counterweight to the forces of fear and destruction."--Jacket
'Something of a rebel' : Thomas Merton, his life and works : an introduction by William H Shannon( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in Korean and English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Merton's paradise journey : writings on contemplation by William H Shannon( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book which traces the development of the thoughts and writings of the twentieth century Cistercian monk, Thomas Merton, on the subject of contemplation
Passion for peace : reflections on war and nonviolence by Thomas Merton( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Merton : an introduction by William H Shannon( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He was something of a legendary figure among the old boys of his generation and he was clearly something of a rebel." That description of Thomas Merton by his English headmaster influenced this captivating introductory look at the monk-writer and his works. Merton scholar William H. Shannon presents Merton's life story "to suggest that this mid-twentieth-century writer can speak meaningfully to women and men now several years into a new century, to developsome of the themes that make their way through his writings, and to suggest a possible order for reading his books as one enters into the huge library of Mertoniana
Here on the way to there : a Catholic perspective on dying and what follows by William H Shannon( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The hidden ground of love : the letters of Thomas Merton on religious experience and social concerns
Alternative Names
Šēnons, Viljams, 1917-2012

Shannon, William H.

Shannon, William H. 1917-

Shannon, William H. (William Henry), 1917-

Shannon, William H.‏ (William Henry), 1917-2012

Shannon, William Henry, 1917-

셰논, 윌리엄 H. 1917-

셰논, 윌리엄 헨리 1917-

Silent lamp : the Thomas Merton storyThe inner experience : notes on contemplationThe seven storey mountainPassion for peace : the social essaysWitness to freedom : the letters of Thomas Merton in times of crisisThe Thomas Merton encyclopediaSilence on fire : the prayer of awarenessAnselm : the joy of faith