The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton Author:Michael Mott The only authorized biography of Merton-a New York Times bestseller and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize-this book was based on interviews as well as Merton?s unpublished writings. New Afterword by the Author. Index; photographs. — While many biographies and studies of the writer and monk Thomas Merton have been published over the years, The Seve... more »n Mountains of Thomas Merton remains the official biography sanctioned by the Thomas Merton Legacy Trust. Mott was given access to all of the private journals that, according to Merton's legacy, were not to be made public for 25 years after his death.