Robert Waldron taught English Literature at a prestigious Boston public high school for over three decades. He is the author of seventeen books, six of them devoted to the life and work of Thomas Merton. He created a "walking with" series of books that addressed such writers as Kathleen Norris, Henri Nouwen, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and James Martin. He has also written three novels, including the critically acclaimed The Secret Dublin Diary of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He is an award-winning writer on modern spirituality and the recipient of four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.