Sign up for our literacy platform for free for reading at home

Sanctuary and Requiem For A Nun

Authors: Faulkner, William
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
BISAC/Subject: FIC000000
ISBN: 9781443423113, Related ISBNs: 1443423114, 9781443423113
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 422,
Audience: General/trade

Set in fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, the backdrop for many of William Faulkner’s other novels, Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun recount the tumultuous and tragic life of Temple Drake. In the 1931 novel Sanctuary, Temple is a student at Ole Miss university when her idyllic life is altered after she is sexually assaulted by the criminal Popeye. Faulkner revisits Temple, now a married mother in Requiem for a Nun, as she awaits the execution of her child’s murderer. Beginning with the judgment of the death sentence, Faulkner’s taut narrative focuses on how one’s past can impact the future of an entire family.

William Faulkner was a relatively unknown author until he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Since then, he has become recognized for his candid and sometimes controversial writing on life in the American South. Published in 1931, Sanctuary established William Faulkner’s literary reputation, and, because of its subject matter, continues to be considered one of his more controversial novels.

HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Sign up for our literacy platform for reading at home

LightSail includes up to 6,000 high interest, Lexile aligned book titles with every student subscription. Other titles are available for individual purchase.

Watch the power of

Lightsail in action



Immediately Engage Students
Immediately Engage Students
Simple intuitive design has classrooms reading within minutes.
Exponentially Grow Reading Time
Exponentially Grow Reading Time
Students love the LightSail experience and naturally spend more time reading.
Accelerate Literacy Development
Accelerate Literacy Development
Students reading 25 minutes a day on LightSail are seeing 2+ years of Lexile growth in a single year.

LightSail Education is a comprehensive Lexile and standards-aligned, literacy platform and digital e-book library. Including multimodal learning functionality and featuring books from leading publishers, LightSail holistically assesses and nurtures each student on their reading and writing-to-learn journey, throughout elementary, middle, and high school.

*LightSail offers a 2,000 or a 6,000 title bundle with its student subscriptions. Other titles are available for individual purchase.