A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Robert Waldron, has taught English Literature and Language at Boston Latin School—Boston’s first public school, for 33 years. He holds two masters, in English and Education. He is the recipient of four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also the author of nineteen books, including Poetry as Prayer: The Hound of Heaven. He is an internationally known and respected Thomas Merton scholar, having written six books on the life and work of Merton. He is also the recipient of three awards from the National Press Association for his writing on modern spirituality.
Praise for The Hound of Heaven at My Heels: The Lost Diary of Francis Thompson
“Surely there is a power in that poem, ‘The Hound of Heaven,’ that no other one has, to many souls, even when those souls' sins are not as spectacular or as visible those of Thompson. Waldron has caught some of that power in this book—and even Thompson's poetic idiosyncrasies, a little, in his prose.”
--From the foreword, by Peter Kreeft
“This is a haunting book written with immense skill and tact, and yet, for all of its shadows, it opens you out unto the very heaven of heavens. A profoundly impressive achievement.”
--Thomas Howard, Author, On Being Catholic
“Waldron has woven fact and fiction together into a fascinating and intriguing story that shows us one of England's greatest poets struggling to save himself and give expression to the poems that burned within him.”
—Edward O'Donnell, O.C.D. Editor, The Spiritual Life