24 August 2001
The home and literary works of William Faulkner will be featured on a live telecast from the writer's home in Oxford, Mississippi, in October.
Since March 2001, C-SPAN, the public affairs network, has traveled throughout the United States for live telecasts as part of its newest history series, America Writers: A Journey Through History.
The 10-month series explores the lives and works of selected American writers who have chronicled, reflected upon or influenced the course of our nation's history, from Plymouth Rock to Vietnam. The series, which will run through December 2001, takes viewers on a journey through history, chronicling the works of more than 45 American writers during eight periods in American history.
American Writers: A Journey Through History features the novels, speeches, diaries, essays and life stories of writers like Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, David Halberstam and others.
Each week, C-SPAN devotes a program to one of the featured authors, originating live from historic sites associated with the writers' lives and works.
The series invites experts to discuss the week's featured writer and his or her body of work. Historians and archivists discuss the writer's background, literary significance, and the time period the writer lived in or wrote about. The series also takes a look at the homes and historic sites important to the writer and his or her work.
The program devoted to William Faulkner will air live on C-SPAN on Monday, October 15, beginning at 9 a.m. ET from Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak. Like other programs in the series, it will re-air on the following Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
As an additional resource, C-SPAN offers an online complement to the series, www.americanwriters.org. The site provides detailed information on each featured writer and information on C-SPAN's live program dedicated to the author. Schedules of upcoming American Writers programming and a RealAudio/Video® archive of previously aired programming are also included on the site.
For viewers who missed the earlier installments in the series, C-SPAN plans to re-air all of the programs previously broadcast as part of a marathon from August 27 to September 1. Past programs include visits to Philadelphia in April to explore Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and to Hannibal, Missouri in June to discover the life and works of Mark Twain. A detailed schedule of the re-broadcast is available on the web site.
Over the ten-month tour, the C-SPAN School Bus will have traveled to historic literary sites to inform educators and students about American Writers and to collect programming for the series. Educators at all levels can access www.americanwriters.org/classroom for comprehensive lesson plans to coincide with American Writers: A Journey Through History.
American Writers: A Journey Through History is C-SPAN's latest historical television series. In 1999, C-SPAN earned a Peabody Award for American Presidents: Life Portraits, an in-depth look at the lives of all 41 presidents. C-SPAN retraced the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville in 1998 with the Alexis de Tocqueville Tour. In 1994, C-SPAN debuted its first historical series, The Lincoln Douglas Debates of 1858, a re-enactment of the senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.
C-SPAN was created by the cable industry and is currently available in 78 million households. C-SPAN2 is available in 60 million households nationwide and worldwide.