The seven storey mountain is the 1948 autobiography of thomas merton a trappist monk and a noted author of 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 seven storey mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from graham greene to claire booth luce eldridge cleaver and frank mccourt since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives. 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 seven storey mountain is well described by the books subtitle an autobiography of faith it is the story of thomas james mertons life from his birth in 1915 until his vow taking at a trappist monastery in 1944. The seven storey mountain thomas merton harcourt 1948 i was 17 and knew two things for certain in fact these two certitudes were crystal clear to me as a first grader at holy name elementary
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