Until you’ve consumed all of the best Faulkner books, can you even claim to be a true fan?
- A Summer of Faulkner: As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/Light in August (Oprah’s Book Club) (2005)
- Collected Stories of William Faulkner (1995)
- As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (1991)
- The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text (1991)
- Absalom, Absalom! The Corrected Text (1991)
- Light in August (1991)
- Sanctuary: The Corrected Text (1993)
- As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, William [W. W. Norton & Company, 2009] ( Paperback ) [Paperback] ()
- The Unvanquished (1990)
- The Portable Faulkner (Penguin Classics) (2003)
- The Sound and the Fury (Third Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) (2014)
A Summer of Faulkner: As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/Light in August (Oprah’s Book Club) (2005)
This novel is the harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members–including Addie herself–the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Originally published in 1930.
“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.” —William Faulkner Winner of the National Book AwardForty-two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction.
“I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother.
The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.
“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom!
Light in August (1991)
“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out.
A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hardboiled detective fiction. Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, William [W. W. Norton & Company, 2009] ( Paperback ) [Paperback]
The Unvanquished (1990)
Unvanquished by William Faulkner. Vintage Books,1990
In prose of biblical grandeur and feverish intensity, William Faulkner reconstructed the history of the American South as a tragic legend of courage and cruelty, gallantry and greed, futile nobility and obscene crimes. He set this legend in a small, minutely realized parallel universe that he called Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.No single volume better conveys the scope of Faulkner’s vision than The Portable Faulkner.
“A man is the sum of his misfortunes.” ―William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner’s provocative and enigmatic 1929 novel, The Sound and the Fury, is widely acknowledged as one of the most important English-language novels of the twentieth century. This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition builds on the strengths of its predecessors while focusing new attention on both the novel’s contemporary reception and its rich cultural and historical contexts.
Best Faulkner Books You Should Read
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Faulkner, Aviation, and Modern War
Author(s): Michael Zeitlin
ID: 3195124, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf
Coloring the Cosmetic World: Using Pigments in Decorative Cosmetic Formulations
Author(s): Edwin B. Faulkner
ID: 3020769, Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf
Empire and Jihad: The Anglo-Arab Wars of 1870-1920
Author(s): Neil Faulkner
ID: 3081776, Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 31 Mb, Format: pdf
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