april 2021

15apr1:00 pm3:00 pmSanctuary by William FaulknerNEW study! 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks


Event Details

Faulkner’s Sanctuary has attracted wide controversy from the moment of its publication. The novel has contributed significantly to the author’s reputation as a writer of Gothic, melodramatic tales of violence and sexual misconduct. This new study will look at the extent to which that view is justified by this work, and will give participants the opportunity to discuss the novel in the wider context of Faulkner’s other writing. Earlier Faulkner studies have included: The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom; Light in August; As I Lay Dying; ‘The Bear’; and ‘A Rose for Emily.’ This salon will build on that earlier work, as well as giving space for reconsideration of a novel whose reputation has dominated attempts at objective criticism.

“Good God, I can’t publish this. We’d both be in jail.” [Faulkner’s publisher]

“I often found myself completely taken by the poetry of Faulkner’s sentences and paragraphs.” [reviewer]

“Brutal backwoods savagery” [reviewer]

“Writing style still seems modern…cinematic quality.” [reviewer]

“A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot, Freud and mythology” [reviewer]



  • Co-facilitated by Salon Director Toby Brothers and Geoff Brown
  • Five meetings: Thursday afternoons starting April 15th   1-3 PM
  • Virtual Meeting on Zoom
  • Cost £135.00 includes opening notes and resources
  • Recommended editions: Vintage International (1993) ISBN 0679748148  or Penguin Classics(1975) ISBN 13: 9780140008999

To register, please use the Paypal button below to pay £135 for this five- meeting study. Upon receipt of payment, I will send you the opening notes, resources and preparation suggestions.