New book shares memoir of ‘Franklin Merrell-Wolff’

Doroethy B. Leonard tells inner, outer journey of her stepgrandfather’s life of 98 years

Franklin Merrell-Wolff was Doroethy B. Leonard’s stepgrandfather for 50 years. For her, he was an inspiration and a mentor to the deeper things in life. He was also a mentor to many others. Such admiration for him led Leonard to write Franklin Merrell-Wolff: An American Philosopher and Mystic–A Personal Memoir (published by Xlibris).

This is a memoir of the life of Franklin Fowler Wolff, whose pen name was Franklin Merrell-Wolff. It is about his inner and outer journey through his life of 98 years. His time at Stanford University and Harvard University developed his keen intellect in philosophy and mathematics, which in turn led him to seek its deeper meaning. This book follows Wolff’s participation in, and then abandonment of, significant spiritual groups that were available in the early 1900s. He considered his marriage to Sarah Merrell a spiritual partnership. Between them they developed relationships with many students and associates who were also spiritually oriented.

“This book reveals the human dimension of a philosopher whose successful quest for enlightenment during the first half of his life resulted in a philosophy that is grounded in his mystical realizations,” Leonard says. “Through Facebook (Friends of Franklin Merrell-Wolff–which has expanded to about 300 members) and this website, I have found consistent interest and inquiries about my grandfather and his work.”

The publication of Franklin Merrell-Wolff: An American Philosopher and Mystic, gives readers a deeper understanding of an early spiritual teacher–a sense of the history of a unique spiritual journey that resulted in enlightenment.


If ordered directly from Doroethy Leonard, her memoir has a 20% discount and is personally autographed.

HARD BACK COPY: $29.95 – 20% discount = $24.00 + $4.00 P&H(US) = $28.00

SOFT BACK COPY: $19.95 – 20% discount = $16.00 + $3.00 P&H(US) = $19.00

(A) Send a check to Doroethy Leonard at 5825 N. 12th St. (Unit 10), Phoenix, AZ 85014

(B) Email & pay through PayPal at Merrell-Wolff Press

About the Author

Doroethy B. Leonard is the person living today who knew Franklin Merrell-Wolff best. He entrusted his legacy to her, as she had committed her life to preserving and continuing his work. Having inherited his estate outside of Lone Pine, California–now called The Great Space Center–she continues to hold annual conferences for the study of his work. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona, and a second master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Phoenix. She taught counseling psychology courses at Mesa Community College as adjunct faculty. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Friends of C. G. Jung, after having served in most of the organization’s positions.