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

Works: 118 works in 282 publications in 8 languages and 9,157 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  Records and correspondence  Biographies  Encyclopedias  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: BX4705.M542, B
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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 )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 1,143 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 )

15 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 )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William H. Shannon shares his intimate knowledge and unique insights in this new and exciting biography of the monk whose own autobiography became a bestseller much to his chagrin. Silent Lamp is the name given to Merton two years before he died by the Chinese philosopher John Wu--and a perfect metaphor for the healing light that still spreads from his life and work to people everywhere. Silent Lamp is a reflective biography: it illuminates Merton's inner life and
The inner experience : notes on contemplation by Thomas Merton( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A final work by the late Trappist monk and civil activist draws connections between his earlier and later writings while drawing on Christian and Eastern traditions to consider the meaning of daily contemplation and th heart of monastic and religious experience
The seven storey mountain by Thomas Merton( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 623 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."
The courage for truth : the letters of Thomas Merton to writers by Thomas Merton( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1948 (when he first wrote to Evelyn Waugh, who was editing The Seven Storey Mountain for publication in England) until his death in 1968, Thomas Merton corresponded with writers around the world, developing an ever-widening circle of friends in Europe, the Soviet Union, South and North America. Merton wrote, and heard from, many prominent writers of the stature of Waugh, Jacques Maritain, Czeslaw Milosz, Boris Pasternak, James Baldwin, Walker Percy, Henry Miller, and Victoria Ocampo. He also corresponded with and encouraged newer writers in Latin America, like Ernesto Cardenal. Merton sensed in these writers a hope for the future of humanity and believed that the courage for truth was their special gift. Writing to Jose Coronel Urtecho, Merton asserted that poets "remain almost the only ones who have anything to say ... They have the courage to disbelieve what is shouted with the greatest amount of noise from every loudspeaker." Courage rooted in true freedom is evident in Merton's own life. He shared with his literary friends his concerns about war, violence and repression, racism and injustice, and all forms of human aggression. Forbidden to publish on the subject of war by his superiors, he obeyed but continued to circulate his famous "Cold War Letters." He did not hesitate to criticize his church when he saw there was more concern for the institutional structure than there was for people. Merton especially admired those who had the courage to write under oppression, like Pasternak, Milosz, and Cardenal
Thomas Merton's paradise journey : writings on contemplation by William H Shannon( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intro -- Contents -- Introduction -- PART ONE: Early Writings on Contemplation -- Chapter 1: What Is Contemplation? -- Chapter 2: Seeds of Contemplation -- Chapter 3: The Ascent to Truth -- PART TWO: The Inner Landscape of Contemplation: Solitude -- Chapter 4: Thoughts in Solitude and "Notes for a Philosophy of Solitude -- PART THREE: Later Writings on Contemplation -- Chapter 5: The Inner Experience -- Chapter 6: New Seeds of Contemplation -- Chapter 7: The Climate of Monastic Prayer (a.k.a. Contemplative Prayer) -- Chapter 8: Zen and the Birds of Appetite (With Some Reflections on Merton's Asian Journey) -- PART FOUR: The Outer Landscape of Contemplation: The World -- Chapter 9: Is the World a Problem? -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Passion for peace : the social essays by Thomas Merton( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comprehensive volume contains Thomas Merton's principal writings on non-violence, war, and racism. Much of what he wrote between 1961 and 1968 is prophetic and speaks penetratingly to our time. Wars and rumors of war are still with us. Justice and love remain a dream. In most of these articles, it's as if Merton is actually writing in the 1990s. He is speaking to us - reminding us of the essential oneness that roots the equal dignity of all peoples." "Merton's writings on social issues flowed from a deep contemplative vision. Editor William Shannon puts each essay in context and reveals how this vision developed. We see a side of Merton's character that does not come through in his other books: his passion for peace and the ardor with which he pleaded for it in a world where people so desperately yearn for it. Passion for Peace is a book of testament, vision, and hope."--BOOK JACKET
Witness to freedom : the letters of Thomas Merton in times of crisis by Thomas Merton( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Merton's life and vocation, about which many rumors and half-truths were circulated during his lifetime. They give readers, for the first time in his own words, the true details and the behind-the-scenes facts."--BOOK JACKET. "Things came to a head in 1959 when Merton petitioned the Vatican, asking for an indult of exclaustration, or release, not from the Trappist Order, but for "a more solitary primitive existence in a monastic life" outside the United States. Abbot James Fox made a trip to Rome and the indult was not granted. Later Merton, who despised Communism and advocated Gandhian non-violence, was forbidden to publish anything against war and nuclear aggression - as if it was inappropriate for a monk to oppose war."--BOOK JACKET
The Thomas Merton encyclopedia by William H Shannon( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 427 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 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scholars recognize Anselm as the most influential Christian intellectual between Augustine and Aquinas. In Anselm: The Joy of Faith, William Shannon highlights the prodigious writings and provides biography and commentary about the life, prayers, and teachings of the 11[superscript th] century spiritual genius who transformed Western piety forever."--BOOK JACKET
Thomas Merton, a life in letters : the essential collection by Thomas Merton( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 238 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 )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 207 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 184 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 )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Korean and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passion for peace : reflections on war and nonviolence by Thomas Merton( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 79 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
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The hidden ground of love : the letters of Thomas Merton on religious experience and social concerns
Silent lamp : the Thomas Merton storyThe inner experience : notes on contemplationThe seven storey mountainThe courage for truth : the letters of Thomas Merton to writersThomas Merton's paradise journey : writings on contemplationPassion for peace : the social essaysWitness to freedom : the letters of Thomas Merton in times of crisisThe Thomas Merton encyclopedia
Alternative Names
Šēnons, Viljams, 1917-2012

Shannon, William 1917-2012

Shannon, William H.

Shannon, William H. 1917-

Shannon, William H. 1917-2012

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

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

Shannon, William Henry, 1917-

William Henry Shannon born:1917 ied:2012-04-29 Shannon, William H. (William Henry), 1917-2012; Shannon, William Henry; Shannon, William H.; Shannon, William Henry, 1917-2012; Shannon, William H. 1917-2012

셰논, 윌리엄 H. 1917-2012

셰논, 윌리엄 헨리 1917-2012

쉐넌, 윌리엄 1917-2012