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William Faulkner ‘American Writers’ program on C-SPAN rescheduled for May 5

February 6, 2002

C-SPAN has announced the resumption of its American Writers: A Journey Through History series, postponed in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. The 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 segment on William Faulkner is scheduled for live telecast on Sunday, May 5, 2002, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. The program will be broadcast live from Rowan Oak, the antebellum home in Oxford, Mississippi, that Faulkner bought in 1930 and refurbished. Except for temporary stays as a screenwriter in Hollywood and as writer in residence at the University of Virginia, Faulkner lived at Rowan Oak until his death in 1962.

The Faulkner program will be re-aired on C-SPAN on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

Originally begun in March 2001, American Writers: A Journey Through History takes viewers throughout the United States for live telecasts featuring the novels, speeches, diaries, essays, and life stories of writers like Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and of course, William Faulkner. In all, the series chronicles more than 45 American writers over the course of eight periods in American history.

In September, C-SPAN announced the postponement of future installments in the series so that the public affairs network could devote all its resources and editorial attention to coverage of the aftermath of September 11.

The series resumes March 31, 2002, with a program on poet Langston Hughes.

Each installment is devoted to one of the featured authors and originates live from a historic site associated with the writer’s life and works.

The series invites experts to discuss the program’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.

As an additional resource, C-SPAN offers an online complement to the series, 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.

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