Title: The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth ...
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company , New York
Publication Date: 1998
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xxiii, 467pp. Sewn-in gold satin page marker. Fine/fine. Tight, pristine 50th anniversary edition of the Trappist monk's famed 1948 memoir. Bookseller Inventory # 41358
Synopsis: This beautifully produced commemorative edition includes an account of the book?s original publication by Merton?s editor, Robert Giroux, an Introduction by Merton?s biographer, Father William Shannon, and Merton?s own Introduction to the Japanese edition.
Review: In 1941, a brilliant, good-looking young man decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter a monastery in Kentucky, from where he proceeded to become one of the most influential writers of this century. Talk about losing your life in order to find it. Thomas Merton's first book, The Seven Storey Mountain, describes his early doubts, his conversion to a Catholic faith of extreme certainty, and his decision to take life vows as a Trappist. Although his conversionary piety sometimes falls into sticky-sweet abstractions, Merton's autobiographical reflections are mostly wise, humble, and concrete. 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. And this will be due not to me but to the One who lives and speaks in both." --Michael Joseph Gross
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