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Pure act : the uncommon life of Robert Lax, Michael N. McGregor

Label
Pure act : the uncommon life of Robert Lax
Title
Pure act
Title remainder
the uncommon life of Robert Lax
Statement of responsibility
Michael N. McGregor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An illuminating biography of the minimalist poet Robert Lax, a man who embraced simplicity, humility, and poverty and found the pure joy, peace and love he had long sought. Pure Act tells the story of poet Robert Lax, whose quest to live a true life as both an artist and a spiritual seeker inspired Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac, William Maxwell and a host of other writers, artists and ordinary people. Known in the U.S. primarily as Merton's best friend and in Europe as a daringly original avant-garde poet, Lax left behind a promising New York writing career to travel with a circus, live among immigrants in post-war Marseilles and settle on a series of remote Greek islands where he learned and recorded the simple wisdom of the local people. Born a Jew, he became a Catholic and found the authentic community he sought in Greek Orthodox fishermen and sponge divers. In his early life, as he alternated working at the New Yorker, writing screenplays in Hollywood and editing a Paris literary journal with studying philosophy, serving the poor in Harlem and living in a sanctuary high in the French Alps, Lax pursued an approach to life he called pure act--a way of living in the moment that was both spontaneous and practiced, God-inspired and self-chosen. By devoting himself to simplicity, poverty and prayer, he expanded his capacity for peace, joy and love while producing distinctive poetry of such stark beauty critics called him "one of America's greatest experimental poets" and "one of the new 'saints' of the avant-garde." Written by a writer who met Lax in Greece when he was a young seeker himself and visited him regularly over fifteen years, Pure Act is an intimate look at an extraordinary but little-known life. Much more than just a biography, it's a tale of adventure, an exploration of friendship, an anthology of wisdom, and a testament to the liberating power of living an uncommon life"--
  • "A biography of experimental poet and spiritual seeker Robert Lax, who inspired Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac and many others. Using information and stories drawn from journal entries, letters, interviews and the author's personal recollections, the book chronicles the development of Lax's distinctive poetic style and a spontaneous, spiritual approach to life he called pure act"--
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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McGregor, Michael N
Dewey number
  • 811/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3523.A972
LC item number
Z76 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Catholic practice in North America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lax, Robert
  • Poets, American
  • Poetry
Label
Pure act : the uncommon life of Robert Lax, Michael N. McGregor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Table of Contents: -- Prologue: Going Back 1 -- 1. A Mutual Wonder-field -- 2. Ends and Means -- 3. Portals to a Land of Dusk -- 4. The Cottage -- 5. Lo, the sun walks forth! -- 6. Suicide Notes -- 7. The Scream -- 8. Aquinas and the Circus Beckon -- 9. The Siren Call of Hollywood -- 10. On the Road with the Cristianis -- 11. Being a Presence in Post-War Marseilles -- 12. Entering the Mouth of the Lion -- 13. Paris, Pax and Kerouac -- 14. Inspiration in a Greek Diner -- 15. A New Poetics -- 16. Original Child Bomb and an Island Home -- 17. The Sorrow of the Sponge Diver -- 18. A Saint of the Avant-Garde -- 19. Alone in the World -- 20. A Galapagos of the Spirit -- 21. All Thoughts as They Come -- 22. The Flaw in the Ideal -- 23. Hell Hath No Fury -- 24. Finding a Common Language -- 25. Pure Act Becomes Pure Love -- 26. The Peacemaker's Handbook -- Epilogue: The Singer and the Song -- Source Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Acknowledgements
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 444 pages
Isbn
9780823268016
Lccn
2015009511
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn902660862
  • (OCoLC)902660862
  • 1822919
Label
Pure act : the uncommon life of Robert Lax, Michael N. McGregor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Table of Contents: -- Prologue: Going Back 1 -- 1. A Mutual Wonder-field -- 2. Ends and Means -- 3. Portals to a Land of Dusk -- 4. The Cottage -- 5. Lo, the sun walks forth! -- 6. Suicide Notes -- 7. The Scream -- 8. Aquinas and the Circus Beckon -- 9. The Siren Call of Hollywood -- 10. On the Road with the Cristianis -- 11. Being a Presence in Post-War Marseilles -- 12. Entering the Mouth of the Lion -- 13. Paris, Pax and Kerouac -- 14. Inspiration in a Greek Diner -- 15. A New Poetics -- 16. Original Child Bomb and an Island Home -- 17. The Sorrow of the Sponge Diver -- 18. A Saint of the Avant-Garde -- 19. Alone in the World -- 20. A Galapagos of the Spirit -- 21. All Thoughts as They Come -- 22. The Flaw in the Ideal -- 23. Hell Hath No Fury -- 24. Finding a Common Language -- 25. Pure Act Becomes Pure Love -- 26. The Peacemaker's Handbook -- Epilogue: The Singer and the Song -- Source Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Acknowledgements
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 444 pages
Isbn
9780823268016
Lccn
2015009511
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn902660862
  • (OCoLC)902660862
  • 1822919

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