Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

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Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

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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.

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***“Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.  These recordings are from the archives of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • 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
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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.

Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. is the leading biographer of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. He is a celebrated scholar, an award-winning author and documentarian, and the Vatican affairs specialist for the Globe and Mail and CTV Network. Currently Professor of Religious Studies and Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Higgins is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. Previously, he served as the president of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, and of St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

Dr. Higgins has edited, co-edited, authored, and co-authored thirteen books including: Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, The Jesuit Mystique, Power and Peril: The Catholic Church at the Crossroads, Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making, and Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen. He has also produced radio documentaries on Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, and G. K. Chesterton. A regular contributor to Commonweal and the Literary Review of Canada, Dr. Higgins is also a columnist for the Telegraph-Journal and the Irish Catholic. He is the recipient of many award...

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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. Review by Michael G. from VT, USA (Posted on 12/15/2017)
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. Review by John (Posted on 9/3/2015)
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. Review by Michael (Posted on 9/3/2015)
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Thomas Merton’s lectures on William Faulkner made Faulkner accessible to me in a way that they had never been before Review by Byrne Sherwood, Lafayette, CA, USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
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