William Faulkner ranks among the greatest American writers. Now, you can discover his literary and spiritual genius with Thomas Merton as your private tutor.
Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962) wrote such classics as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. Born and bred in Mississippi, Faulkner is part of the rich heritage of writers to emerge from the American South. A novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet, he was also a screenwriter for such notable films as The Big Sleep (1946).
An English professor turned monk, Merton continued to give classes and talks to his fellow monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. These talks were originally recorded by Merton near the end of his life (1966 and 1967) and have been remastered to enhance your listening experience. In this series, Merton - a gifted author in his own right - furnishes you with his take on Faulkner. Merton argues that Faulkner’s writing tends to be more mythological than sociological in the sense that Faulkner invokes the setting of the American South to tell stories of universal significance; furthermore, by embracing classical ideals of honor, pity, pride, love, and sacrifice, Faulkner’s writing moves beyond regionalism into the realm of the ancient epic.
Part of both Merton’s spoken word and literary legacies, this series has a foot in two worlds. Hear one great literary mind on another.
This set was previously published as the second half of Thomas Merton on William Faulkner and Classical Literature. It contains newly remastered content.