A Friendship of Letters by Jim Forest

A Friendship of Letters

On the Correspondence Between Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day

by Jim Forest

In the spring of 2010 the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University received a valuable gift: the papers of Joe Zarrella, a longtime collaborator of Dorothy Day. When I was invited to speak at the Merton Center the following October, I used the occasion to reflect on the special friendship that enriched the lives of these two remarkable people: Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.

What put Merton on the world map was the publication in 1948 of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. It is an account of his growing up on b . . .