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Study on William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020

Rev. Dr. John H. Danner

Explore the writings of two noteworthy southern authors the first two Wednesdays of March.

Led by Dr. Tom Cooley and the Rev. Dr. John Danner, “Two From the South: The Lives and Works of William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston” will be held on March 4 and 11 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

Hurston was an anthropologist who also authored plays, shorts stories and novels in the early 20th Century. Her most well-known book is “Their Eyes were Watching God.” Faulkner’s short stories, novels and writings include “The Sound and the Fury” and “Absalom!” “Absalom!” led to him receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. The two-part series will examine the authors’ impact in American literature, as well as the influences upon their writing.

Cooley is emeritus professor of English at Ohio State University, specializing in American literature from 1820-1920. He has authored and published multiple academic books and college textbooks. Danner has degrees from Bradford College, University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary and Boston University, where he earned a PhD in religious studies with a concentration in American Church history. He has contributed to liturgical materials and essays, reviews books for SpeakEasy, has published chancel dramas and has been published in The Christian Century and other journals.

Dr. Thomas Cooley

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Place, Sanibel.