Vice-President of the James Joyce Society and Professor of's Critical Companion to William Faulkner: A Literary Reference PDF

By Vice-President of the James Joyce Society and Professor of Theology and English A Nicholas Fargnoli, Michael Golay, Robert W Hamblin

ISBN-10: 0816064326

ISBN-13: 9780816064328

Serious significant other to William Faulkner - a big revision and enlargement of ''William Faulkner A to Z'' - positive factors greater than 80,000 extra phrases. personality entries and significant statement sections on Faulkner's significant works were considerably extended, and completely new sections supplying excerpts from modern experiences were extra. different new gains comprise additional interpreting lists for Faulkner's significant novels and brief tales in addition to a close chronology of 1 of Faulkner's maximum and most complex works, ''As I Lay Dying''. This identify covers such subject matters as: descriptions of characters in Faulkner's fiction, resembling Benjy and Quentin from ''The Sound and the Fury''; information about Faulkner's family members, buddies, colleagues, and critics; genuine and fictional areas vital to Faulkner's lifestyles and literary improvement, from Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi to Hollywood; interviews and speeches given by way of Faulkner; and, rules and occasions that stimulated his existence and works, together with slavery, the Civil battle, international warfare I, and civil rights.

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But, beyond the phrase, he now— deliberately—mires himself in such a quicksand of invertebrate sentences as has not been seen since Euphues. There have been contentions between Mr. Faulkner and Mr. Hemingway before this; it may be that he is matching himself against the Gertrude-Steinish explosions of syntax that spattered Green Hills of Africa with bad prose. If so, he comes home under wraps: the longest Hemingway sentence ran only forty-three lines, whereas the longest Faulkner sentence runs eighty lines and there are more than anyone will bother to count which exceed the thirty-three line measure of his page.

When she bears him a daughter, he repudiates her. Wash then cuts him down with a rusted scythe, kills Milly and the baby, and burns down the fishing shanty that had been their home. Harper’s magazine bought “Wash” in November 1933, paying $350 for it. On a sheet of manuscript dated February 11, 1934, Faulkner began the novel that would become Absalom, Absalom! At first, he titled it Dark House, which he earlier had Sanctuary of College Church where Faulkner was married. Faulkner may have had this church in mind as the scene of Thomas Sutpen’s marriage to Ellen Coldfield.

The novelist probably saw only a few of the notices, and he doubtless shrugged off the ones he did read. “Faulkner is probably the one man in the world who doesn’t give a damn what the rest of its inhabitants might think, so long as he has a place to sleep, eat and write, with an occasional jug of corn thrown in for recreational hours,” Laurence Bell remarked in Literary America. In any case, later critics, taking a longer view, would right the balance. The critic CLEANTH BROOKS called Absalom the greatest and least well understood of Faulkner’s works.

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