Robert Inchausti isProfessor Emeritus of English at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is the editor of three collections of the work of ThomasMerton and is also the author of five previous books, including The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People.
Thomas Merton’s Influence on the Beats
by Robert Inchausti, author of Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Thomas Merton, “Honorary Beatnik”
It’s hard to say exactly when Thomas Merton became an “Honorary Beatnik.” One could chase the association all the way back to...
We have excerpted part of the chapter “Meditation Looks Inward, Poetry Holds Forth: Is There a Beat Way of Writing?” from Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats here.
In this book, Robert Inchausti explores the Beat canon to reveal that the movement was at its...