Ed Rice

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Edward J. "Ed" Rice (October 23, 1918 – August 8, 2001) was an American author, publisher, photojournalist and painter, born in Brooklyn, New York to Edward J. Rice, Sr. and Elsie (Becker) Rice. He was best known as a close friend and biographer of Thomas Merton.[1] Rice wrote more than 20 books, including Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, a best-selling 1990 biography of the famous 19th-century explorer, and was the founder (1953) of Jubilee magazine.

Rice attended Columbia University, where he became close friends with Merton, Robert Lax, and Robert Giroux (who later co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Rice was editor of the Jester humor magazine in his senior year; he graduated in 1940.

Rice chronicled his friendship with Merton in the 1970 book The Man in the Sycamore Tree: The Good Times and Hard Life of Thomas Merton. Also in 1970, he published John Frum He Come, a book documenting the South Pacific cargo cults—a subject Merton was also interested in.

Rice died August 8, 2001 in Sagaponack, New York USA.


  1. ^ "Merton's Correspondence with Edward Rice". The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. Retrieved 11 Oct 2015.

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