Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What aspects of priests’ lives make them appropriate characters in J. F. Powers’s stories of the clash of materialistic and spiritual values?

How closely does the range of priests in Powers’s stories resemble that found in modern society?

Why is humor such an important ingredient in Powers’s typical short stories about priests?

What accommodations to a materialistic world does Father Urban make in Morte d’Urban?

How does Powers avoid preachiness?