Thomas Merton on William Faulkner and Classical Literature
- Narrated by: Thomas Merton
- Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
- Release date: 08-16-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Now You Know Media Inc.
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Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962) was a multitalented writer who wrote such beloved classics as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. In this series you will join renowned mystic and writer Thomas Merton on an extraordinary course on Faulkner and classicism in literature. An English professor before becoming a monk, Merton continued to teach literature courses to the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. These lectures were originally recorded by Merton in the 1960s and are remastered to enhance your listening experience.
First you will look at the concept of the classical in literature by exploring the poetry of John Milton and T. S. Eliot before looking specifically at Faulkner's works. Merton demonstrates that Faulkner is a mythological rather than sociological writer; he uses the particular setting of the American South to tell stories of universal significance. His works embody the great classic truths of literature: love, honor, pride, compassion, and sacrifice.
Under Merton's guidance, you will see how Faulkner was a sapiential, or visionary, writer. Merton will also guide you through the deeper spiritual undercurrent of Faulkner's writings, which illustrate the biblical themes of redemption, the fall, and the resurrection.
Join Thomas Merton today with this brilliant course on Faulkner. (Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.)
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By Jay Quintana on 02-14-18
Lectures on Literature Marred by Poor Audio and...
... a startling amount of audience laughter. These are lectures Merton gave to his fellow monks. I had a hard time fully understanding what he said (the recordings are over 50 years old), but it didn't seem to merit all the laughter he elicited. I'm glad the monks enjoyed themselves, but it didn't make for a pleasant listening experience. If I attended these lectures, or read them, I'm sure I'd give this a much higher rating. To be blunt, this shouldn't have been produced.