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Seven Storey Mountain, The

Seven Storey Mountain, The

Author: Thomas Merton

Year Published: 1948

Description: This autobiography describes Trappist monk Thomas Merton's quest for spiritual peace and decision to leave a burgeoning writing and teaching career to enter the Abbey of Gethsemani in rural Kentucky at age 26.  He was encouraged to write it by an abbot at the abbey and was at first reluctant; upon submission, he was quickly offered a publishing contract, with royalties going to the abbey given Merton's vow of poverty.  There was also concern about content and colloquialism from an elder at another abbey, leading to revisions later acknowledged in a 50th anniversary edition.

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'So Brother Matthew locked the gate behind me, and I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom.'

Seven Storey Mountain, The

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