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Big Woods: The Hunting Stories
     

Big Woods: The Hunting Stories

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by William Faulkner
 
Big Woods is a collection of Faulkner's best hunting stories. An avid hunter as well as one of America's greatest writers, Faulkner spent many days hunting in the big woods near Oxford, Mississippi. Included here is his most famous hunting story, "The Bear," as well as "The Old People," "A Bear Hunt," and "Race at Morning." Together, these four stories are

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Big Woods is a collection of Faulkner's best hunting stories. An avid hunter as well as one of America's greatest writers, Faulkner spent many days hunting in the big woods near Oxford, Mississippi. Included here is his most famous hunting story, "The Bear," as well as "The Old People," "A Bear Hunt," and "Race at Morning." Together, these four stories are considered to be the finest hunting stories ever written. Each is introduced with a prelude that weaves these tales together into a modern American classic. In Big Woods, Faulkner creates a variety of unforgettable characters: Sam Fathers, the Indian guide; the bear, Old Ben; and his bear dog, Lion; the young boy; and Major de Spain. Faulkner also wrote eloquently about our loss of hunting area. Even in the '40s and '50s Faulkner presaged the incipient decrease in wildlife habitat. "… In the old days we came in wagons and pitch a camp in the rain…and rise at daylight the next morning and hunt…Now a man has to drive two hundred miles to find enough woods to harbor game worth hunting." This book, a classic collection of sporting literature, belongs in the library of every sportsman. Big Woods was published in 1955. It has long been out of print in hardback, and a copy of the book commands up to $175 if you can find one. This special edition of 1,200 copies is bound in rich cloth on 70-pound acid-free paper, with a silk ribbon and a handsome slipcase. Brett Smith, one of today's foremost sporting artists, created six full-page etchings especially for this edition. Noted author Jim Casada provided a special introduction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first paperback edition of the 1955 collection of four stories about nature and hunting includes The Bear and Race at Morning . (May)
Library Journal
This 1955 title combines the four stories "The Bear," "The Old People," "A Bear Hunt," and "Race at Morning," gleaned from assorted Faulkner works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394416908
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1955

What People are Saying About This

Edmund Wilson
Faulkner... belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust.
Ralph Ellison
For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must return to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics.
Robert Penn Warren
For all the range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country.

Meet the Author

William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. Faulkner had begun writing poems when he was a schoolboy and published a poetry collection in 1924 at his own expense. In 1950, Faulkner traveled to Sweden to accept the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature. He died of a heart attack on July 6, 1962.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1897
Date of Death:
July 6, 1962
Place of Birth:
New Albany, Mississippi
Place of Death:
Byhalia, Mississippi

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