Coming in summer, 2022:

thomas merton and lawrence ferlinghetti


Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and Beat publisher, could hardly seem more different from Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, yet the two men not only respected one another but were friends and collaborators over a period of a decade until Merton’s untimely death.

In Thomas Merton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Protection of All Beings, Bill Morgan examines their friendship and shares their correspondence for the first time. He looks into the poetic projects they pursued and details their final meeting, shortly before Merton’s passing, shedding new light on two of the most important writers of the 20th century.

About the Author

Bill Morgan is the author of I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg (2006), The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation (2010), and numerous other acclaimed books about the Beat Generation.


This book will be published in August, 2022. It will be available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. You can also pre-order a copy here:

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