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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.

1. 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. Narrated in turn  by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark…
Author(s): William Faulkner

2. 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. 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…
Author(s): William Faulkner

3. 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. 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…
Author(s): William Faulkner

4. 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! 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

5. 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. 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

6. 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

7. 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. 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…
Author(s): William Faulkner , Noel Polk, et al.

8. 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. From a variety of perspectives, Faulkner examines the complex, changing relationships between blacks and whites, between man and nature, weaving a cohesive novel rich in…
Author(s): William Faulkner

9. 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. The Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner is an essential addition to its author’s canon—as well as a book of some of the most haunting, harrowing, and atmospheric…
Author(s): William Faulkner

10. 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. Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part of the Faulkner oeuvre. His descriptions of the war “rise to magnificence,” according to The New York Times, and include, in Malcolm Cowley’s words, “some of the most powerful scenes he ever conceived.”…
Author(s): William Faulkner

11. 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. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of…
Author(s): William Faulkner

12. 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. The Priests’ black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba’s bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues—involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs’ deputies, and jail….
Author(s): William Faulkner

Best William Faulkner Books That You Need

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William Faulkner: A Life through Novels

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

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

Faulkner's media romance

Author(s): Faulkner, William; Murphet, Julian
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2077276

Uses of the Past in the Novels of William Faulkner

Author(s): Carl Rollyson
Publisher: Open Road Distribution, Year: 2016, Size: 426 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2344906

Myself and the World: A Biography of William Faulkner

Author(s): Robert W Hamblin
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2344984

William Faulkner in Context

Author(s): John T. Matthews
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1316156

The Essential Faulkner

Author(s): William Faulkner
Publisher: Random House, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1708438

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