Mark Scarbrough on William Faulkner


March 7, 2019 10:00 am

In this course Scarbrough will lead an in depth understanding of one of America’s best known writers, one of the greatest novelists ever. There’s nothing like a Faulkner novel: overwhelming, breath-taking yet suffocating, free. The prose is haunting and maddening; the diction, erudite and home-spun. There are  plots that strike to the heart of the tragedy and comedy that is our American project. He was an uneducated alcoholic, singularly ill-prepared to be a Nobel laureate, or any sort of literary type whatsoever. In eight weeks, Scarbrough  cover fours novels, The Wild Palms, Light in August, The Sound and the Fury and Absalom  Absalom have grand discussions of American art and history, and get too-close-for-comfort glimpses of American rancor, Southern defeat, and the happy ending Faulkner believed was the sum of human existence. If it sounds like an avid reader’s notion of bliss, that’s because it is. Scoville Memorial Library  38 Main Street  Salisbury, CT 06068