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Thomas Merton (1915–1968)
Thomas Merton is renowned as one of the most influential American spiritual writers and social activists of the 20th century. His autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain has sold more than one million copies, and he wrote more than 60 other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolent action, and the nuclear arms race.
Author photo © Sibylle Akers-Merton Legacy Trust