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Best William Faulkner Books That You Need

Our list of some of the best William Faulkner books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (1991)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You Need“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.
Author(s): William Faulkner

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

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedThis 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.
Author(s): William Faulkner

Collected Stories of William Faulkner (1995)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You Need“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.
Author(s): William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! The Corrected Text (1991)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You Need“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!
Author(s): William Faulkner

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

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedThe 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.
Author(s): William Faulkner

Sanctuary: The Corrected Text (1993)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedA 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

Light in August (1991)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You Need“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.
Author(s): William Faulkner , Noel Polk, et al.

Go Down, Moses (1991)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You Need“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” —William Faulkner, on receiving the Nobel Prize Go Down, Moses is composed of seven interrelated stories, all of them set in Faulkner’s mythic Yoknapatawpha County.
Author(s): William Faulkner

The Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner (1997)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedThis invaluable volume contains some of the greatest short fiction by a writer who defined the course of American literature. Its forty-five stories fall into three categories: those not included in Faulkner’s earlier collections; previously unpublished short fiction; and stories that were later expanded into such novels as The Unvanquished, The Hamlet, and Go Down, Moses.
Author(s): William Faulkner

A Fable (Vintage International) (2011)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedThis novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1955. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner.
Author(s): William Faulkner

The Wild Palms (1995)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedIn this feverishly beautiful novel—originally titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other. In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability.
Author(s): William Faulkner

The Reivers (1992)

 Best William Faulkner Books That You NeedOne of Faulkner’s comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family’s retainers, to steal his grandfather’s car and make a trip to Memphis.
Author(s): William Faulkner

Best William Faulkner Books That You Need

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The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934

Author(s): Carl Rollyson
ID: 2507832, Publisher: University of Virginia Press, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War

Author(s): Michael Gorra
ID: 2616282, Publisher: Liveright, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

The Life of William Faulkner

Author(s): Carl Rollyson
ID: 2732488, Publisher: University of Virginia Press, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

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