People: The Literary Life

Best-selling Author Thomas Merton

(The Seven Storey Mountain), self-styled "true child of ther modern world," who took the vow of silence of the Trappist monks eight years ago, was ordained a priest of the order at Our Lady of Gethsemani Monastery, near Bardstown, Ky.

Norman Mailer, whose novel The Naked and the Dead drew a cry of shocked protest upon its appearance in Britain (TIME, May 9), got a disdainful clearance from Attorney General Sir Hartley Shawcross: "While much of this most tedious and lengthy book is foul, lewd and revolting, looking at it...

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