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Best Faulkner Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Faulkner books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. A Summer of Faulkner: As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/Light in August (Oprah’s Book Club) (2005)

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadThis 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. First published in 1929, Faulkner created his “heart’s darling,” the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers–the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason. , a novel about hopeful…
Author(s): William Faulkner

2. Collected Stories of William Faulkner (1995)

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read“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. Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner’s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, the deep strata of history and legend, and…
Author(s): William Faulkner

3. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (1991)

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read“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. Narrated in turn  by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos….
Author(s): William Faulkner

4. The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text (1991)

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadThe 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. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire. . . . I give it to you not…
Author(s): William Faulkner

5. Absalom, Absalom! The Corrected Text (1991)

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read“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! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons…
Author(s): William Faulkner

6. Light in August (1991)

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read“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 Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen;…
Author(s): William Faulkner , Noel Polk, et al.

7. Sanctuary: The Corrected Text (1993)

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadA 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….
Author(s): William Faulkner

8. As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, William [W. W. Norton & Company, 2009] ( Paperback ) [Paperback] ()

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadAs I Lay Dying by Faulkner, William [W. W. Norton & Company, 2009] ( Paperback ) [Paperback]…
Author(s): William Faulkner

9. The Unvanquished (1990)

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadUnvanquished by William Faulkner. Vintage Books,1990…
Author(s): William Faulkner

10. The Portable Faulkner (Penguin Classics) (2003)

Best Faulkner Books You Should ReadIn 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. The book includes self-contained episodes from the novels The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and Sanctuary; the stories “The…
Author(s): William Faulkner, Malcolm Cowley

11. The Sound and the Fury (Third Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) (2014)

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read“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. The text for the Third Edition is again that of the corrected text scrupulously…
Author(s): William Faulkner, Michael Gorra

Best Faulkner Books You Should Read

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Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book

Author(s): Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez
Publisher: Adobe Press, Year: 2018, Size: 31 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2169218

9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat’s Guide to Life and Success

Author(s): Harris Faulkner
Publisher: Harper, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2226037

Queering Families, Schooling Publics: Keywords

Author(s): Anne M. Harris; Stacy Holman Jones; Sandra L. Faulkner; Eloise D. Brook
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2278178

A Radical History of the World

Author(s): Neil Faulkner
Publisher: Pluto Press, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2301959

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release)

Author(s): Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez
Publisher: Adobe Press, Year: 2018, Size: 29 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2363678

William Faulkner: A Life through Novels

Author(s): André Bleikasten
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1637024

The philosophy of trust

Author(s): Paul Faulkner, Thomas Simpson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1680489

William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox : the annotated screenplays

Author(s): Faulkner, William; Gleeson-White, Sarah
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1680621

A People’s History of the Russian Revolution

Author(s): Neil Faulkner
Publisher: Pluto Press, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2068815

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