A modern day confessions of saint augustine the seven storey mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century this edition contains an introduction by mertons editor robert giroux and a note to the reader by biographer william h shannon. The complete and unedited edition of thomas mertons famous autobiography one of the greatest works of spiritual pilgrimage ever written travelling in his early years with his artist father in the united states france and england thomas merton prided himself on his worldly accomplishments the seven storey mountain is a book one reads . The best reason to read the seven storey mountain however may be the one merton provided in his introduction to its japanese translation i seek to speak to you in some way as your own self who can tell what this may mean i myself do not know but if you listen things will be said that are perhaps not written in this book. The seven storey mountain is the 1948 autobiography of thomas merton an american trappist monk and priest who was a noted author in the 1940s 1950s and 1960s merton finished the book in 1946 at the age of 31 five years after entering gethsemani abbey near bardstown kentucky the title refers to the mountain of purgatory in dantes the . The seven storey mountain is the extraordinary spiritual testament of thomas merton 1915 1968 a man who experienced life to its fullest in the world before entering a trappist monastery by the end of his life he had become one of the 20th centurys best known and beloved christian voices
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