Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

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Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

Podcast-style audio course - 7 Topics
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
(4 customer reviews)
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

William Faulkner was undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers. Now, you can take Thomas Merton as your personal guide in discovering the literary and spiritual genius of Faulkner’s works.

Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897–1962) was a multi-talented 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 c

William Faulkner was undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers. Now, you can take Thomas Merton as your personal guide in discovering the literary and spiritual genius of Faulkner’s works.

Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897–1962) was a multi-talented 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.

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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of “The Merton Recordings,” which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Classical Values in Faulkner (1/1967)
  • Faulkner’s “The Bear”: Spiritual Formation and Mystical Union (1/1967)
  • The Wild Palms: Man Against Destiny (1/22/1967)
  • The Wild Palms: Theological Reflections (1/29/1967)
  • The Sound and the Fury: The Sense of Time (3/5/1967)
  • The Sound and the Fury: Resurrection (3/19/1967)
  • Afterword by Dr. Michael W. Higgins of Sacred Heart University

4 reviews for Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

  1. Byrne Sherwood, Lafayette, CA, USA

    *

    Thomas Merton’s lectures on William Faulkner made Faulkner accessible to me in a way that they had never been before

  2. Michael

    The lecture series of Merton discussing William Faulkner was original and profound

    The lecture series of Merton discussing William Faulkner was original and profound. It provided interesting insights into Faulkner’s books and stories that revealed their wonderful depth and meaning.

  3. John

    I listen to this course in the car because of constraints on my time.

    I listen to this course in the car because of constraints on my time. With the Faulkner tape I became so engrossed that I feared getting in an accident, so I pulled over into a fast food restaurant to get a sandwich and listen to the end of the disc.

  4. Michael G., VT

    2017 Christmas Survey

    The Merton lectures on William Faulkner provide a depth of insight into Faulkner’s books I have not found previously. Merton’s insights are deep and his humor make the talks a joy to listen to.

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