Thomas Merton

1915 - 1968

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Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name "Father Louis". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Merton has received more than 1,892,726 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Thomas Merton is the 1,656th most popular writer (down from 1,631st in 2019), the 1,834th most popular biography from France (down from 1,743rd in 2019) and the 236th most popular French Writer.

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Among writers, Thomas Merton ranks 1,656 out of 5,794Before him are Matteo Maria Boiardo, R. L. Stine, Ion Luca Caragiale, Masaoka Shiki, Olaus Petri, and Martin of Opava. After him are Robert Faurisson, Jan Długosz, Jonas Lie, Antonio de Nebrija, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Colin Dexter.

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Among people born in 1915, Thomas Merton ranks 68Before him are Santiago Carrillo, Gyula Zsengellér, Branko Ćopić, Shogo Kamo, Takeshi Kamo, and Peter Medawar. After him are Abba Eban, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Kon Ichikawa, Hanns Martin Schleyer, J. C. R. Licklider, and Liisi Oterma. Among people deceased in 1968, Thomas Merton ranks 53Before him are Giovannino Guareschi, Cornell Woolrich, Leopold Infeld, Upton Sinclair, Rezső Seress, and Wes Montgomery. After him are Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine, Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz, Duke Kahanamoku, Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, Franz Pfeffer von Salomon, and Tsuguharu Foujita.

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In France

Among people born in France, Thomas Merton ranks 1,834 out of 5,234Before him are Marguerite Perey (1909), Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine (1608), Jérôme Lejeune (1926), Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (1257), Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1812), and Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon (1676). After him are Charles Dupuy (1851), John II, Duke of Lorraine (1425), Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval (1851), Jacques-François Blondel (1705), Joseph Gallieni (1849), and Émile Picard (1856).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Thomas Merton ranks 236Before him are Marie de Gournay (1565), Anna de Noailles (1876), Pierre Plantard (1920), Robert de Boron (1110), Jean d'Ormesson (1925), and Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon (1844). After him are Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière (1734), Tristan Corbière (1845), Michel Zevaco (1860), Annie Ernaux (1940), Jacques Cazotte (1719), and Jean de Meun (1240).