Thomas Merton bibliography

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Thomas Merton's hermitage (interior) at the Abbey of Gethsemani

Below is a bibliography of published works written by Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk of The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani. Several of the works listed here have been published posthumously. The works are listed under each category by date of publication.


Biblical topics[edit]

  • Praying the Psalms. The Liturgical Press. 1956. 


Contemplation and meditations[edit]

  • What is Contemplation. Templegate. 1978.  [1st published 1950]

Eastern thought[edit]

Journal writings[edit]

  • The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey; the Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968. Chronicles the last two years of Merton's life, during the political and social upheaval of the Vietnam War era. ISBN 978-0-06-065487-0


Monastic, church and spiritual life[edit]

  • Silence in Heaven. Studio. 1956. 
  • Cistercian Life. Cistercian Book Services. 1974. 



  • Merton, Thomas; Hart, Patrick (1981). The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton. New Directions. 
  • Merton, Thomas (1992). Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master. edited by Laurence S. Cunningham. Paulist Press. 


Social issues[edit]

  • The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters on Religious Experience and Social Concerns (Letters, 1). 1985. 
  • Opening the Bible. 1986. 
  • A Vow of Conversation: Journals 1964-1965. 1988. 
  • Thomas Merton in Alaska: The Alaskan Conferences, Journals and Letters. 1988. 
  • The Road to Joy: Letter to New and Old Friends (Letters, II). 1989. 
  • The School of Charity: Letters on Religious Renewal and Spiritual Direction (Letters, III). 1990. 
  • The Courage for Truth: Letters to Writers (Letters, IV). 1993. 
  • Witness to Freedom: Letters in Times of Crisis (Letters, V). 1994. 
  • Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocation (Journals, I: 1939-1941). 1995. 
  • Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer (Journals, II: 1941-1952). 1996. 
  • A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life (Journals, III: 1952-1960). 1996. 
  • Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years (Journals, IV: 1960-1963). 1996. 
  • Dancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage (Journals, V: 1963- 1965). 1997. 
  • Learning to Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom (Journals VI: 1966-1967). 1997. 
  • The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey (Journals VII: 1967-1968. 1998. 
  • The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals. 1999. 
  • Dialogues with Silence. 2001. 
  • The Inner Experience. 2003. 
  • Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers. 2003. 
  • Peace in a Post-Christian Era. 2004. 

See also[edit]


  • Breit, Marquita E.; Robert E. Daggy (1986). Thomas Merton: A Comprehensive Bibliography. 
  • Breit, Marquita E.; Patricia A. Burton; Paul M. Pearson (2002). ‘About Merton’: Secondary Sources 1945-2000: A Bibliographic Workbook.