This is a work by Thomas Merton which dates back twenty years, before his entry into the Trappists, which is now being published for the first time. It is a journal the author kept, first while he was a graduate student at Columbia and then an instructor at St. Bonaventure's in Olean, N.Y., extending from 1939 to 1941. It contains his opinions and comments on his experiences and on the books and ideas he confronted in the period just after his conversion. It contains a good deal about the Baroness De Hueck and Friendship House in Harlem. It is interesting principally because it is ""early Merton"", and not so much for its contents or style, although one cannot say that there are not some remarkable reactions recorded by Merton to the atmosphere and events of the period during which he was a young student and teacher.