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.


  • The Seven Storey Mountain. Harcourt Brace. 1948. OCLC 385657.
  • The Sign of Jonas. Harcourt Brace. 1953. OCLC 386887.
  • Day of a Stranger. Peregrine Smith. 1981. ISBN 0-87905-092-6.

Biblical topics[edit]


Contemplation and meditations[edit]

Eastern thought[edit]

Journal writings[edit]


Monastic, church and spiritual life[edit]



  • 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]

  • Seeds of Destruction. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1964. OCLC 306973.
  • Gandhi on Non-Violence. New Directions. 1965. OCLC 60860722.
  • Faith and Violence. University of Notre Dame Press. 1968. OCLC 327320.
  • The Non-Violent Alternative. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1980. OCLC 174711710. (Revised ed. of Thomas Merton On Peace. The McCall Publishing Company. 1971.)
  • 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.
  • Love and Living. Harcourt Trade Publishers. 2002. ISBN 0-15-602799-2.
  • 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.