The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Seven Storey Mountain is the 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 the Gethsemani Abbey near Bardstown, Kentucky. The title refers to the mountain of Purgatory in Dante's Divine Comedy. Seven Storey Mountain was published in 1948 and was met with surprising levels of public attention. The first printing was planned for 7,500 copies, but pre-publication sales exceeded 20,000. By May, 1949, 100,000 copies were in print. The original hardcover edition eventually sold over 600,000 copies[1], and paperback sales exceed one million. The book has remained continuously in print, and has been translated into more than fifteen languages.

The 70th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 75th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  2. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  3. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  4. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Seven Storey Mountain: The Extraordinary Autobiography That Has Become a Modern Spirital Classic (A Doubleday Image Book) Mass Market Paperback 892974 $4.00
The Seven Storey Mountain (Harvest/HBJ Book) Paperback 531770 $2.08 $0.01
The Seven Storey Mountain Mass Market Paperback 2711199 $500.00
The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition 19836 $8.54 1998
The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition Hardcover 136984 $24.90 $9.18 1998
The Seven Storey Mountain Audio CD 968507 $17.92 $12.14 2006
The Seven Storey Mountain Paperback 999870 $9.77 $5.48 1999
The Seven Storey Mountain (H B J Modern Classic) Hardcover 283298 $5.58 $0.50
The Seven Storey Mountain (SPCK Classics) Paperback 910124 $20.12 $12.32 2009
The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition [7 STOREY MOUNTAIN ANNIV/E 50/E] Hardcover 4761461 $31.12 $19.19 1998
Seven-Storey Mountain Mass Market Paperback 4026558 $191.76 $24.82 1952
The Seven Storey Mountain. Paperback 943005 $7.47 $2.49 1977
The Seven Storey Mountain Paperback 751438 $14.98 $5.29 1998
The Seven Storey Mountain Paperback 6429 $8.48 $2.53 1999
The Seven Storey Mountain, 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover 1604857 $36.58 $9.07 1998