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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Thomas Merton, Andy Harries, Stuart Broad, China Mieville, Matthew Macfadyen, Oakham School, Lewis Moody, Tom Croft, Jay Kay, Joseph George Cumming, Katie Mitchell, Matthew Manning, Alex Brundle, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Lucy Pearson, Richard Keith Sprigg, Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern, Anthony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Bill O'Chee, Charlie Beech, Alfred Young Nutt, Malcolm Rogers, Kwame Ryan, Roderick Bradley, Stefan Kelly, John Henley, Alex Goode, Richard Profit, Miles Jupp, Crista Cullen, Matt Smith, Leonard Noel Fisher, Charlie Bewley, John Henry Pratt, Edward Healy Thompson, James Atlay, Matthew Boyce. Excerpt: Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 - December 10, 1968) was a 20th century Anglo-American Catholic writer. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of disillusioned World War II veterans, students, and even teen-agers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D.T. Suzuki, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Merton has also been the subject of several biographies. On January 31, 1915, Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France, to Owen Merton, a New Zealand painter active in Europe and the United States, and Ruth Jenkins, an...