Novels 1942-1954: Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable (Library of America)

Novels 1942-1954: Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable (Library of America)

by William Faulkner
     
 

The years 1942 to 1954 saw William Faulkner's rise to literary celebrity - sought after by Hollywood, lionized by the critics, awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 and the Pulitzer and National Book Award for 1954. But despite his success, he was plagued by depression and alcohol and haunted by a sense that he had more to achieve - and a finite amount of time and energy to… See more details below

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The years 1942 to 1954 saw William Faulkner's rise to literary celebrity - sought after by Hollywood, lionized by the critics, awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 and the Pulitzer and National Book Award for 1954. But despite his success, he was plagued by depression and alcohol and haunted by a sense that he had more to achieve - and a finite amount of time and energy to achieve it. This volume - the third in The Library of America's new, authoritative edition of Faulkner's complete works - collects the novels written during this crucial and fascinating period in his career. The newly restored texts, based on Faulkner's manuscripts, typescripts, and proof sheets, are free of the changes introduced by the original editors and are faithful to the author's intentions. In the four works included here, Faulkner delved deeper into themes of race and religion, and furthered his experiments with fictional structure and narrative voice; defying the odds, he continued to break new ground in American fiction. Go Down, Moses (1942) is a haunting novel made up of seven related stories that explore the intertwined lives of black, white, and Indian inhabitants of Yoknapatawpha County. It includes "The Bear," one of the most famous works in all American fiction, with its evocation of "the wilderness, the big woods, bigger and older than any recorded document." Characters from Go Down, Moses reappear in Intruder in the Dust (1948). Part detective novel, part morality tale, it is a compassionate story of a black man on trial and the growing moral awareness of a southern white boy. Requiem for a Nun (1951) is a sequel to Sanctuary. With an unusual structure combining novel and play, it tells the fate of the passionate, haunted Temple Drake and the murder case through which she achieves a tortured redemption. Prose interludes condense millennia of local history into a swirling counterpoint. In A Fable (1954), Faulkner's recasting of the Christ story set during World War I, he wanted, h

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This third volume of Faulkner's works to join the venerable Library of America contains the novels Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requim for a Nun, and A Fable. The volume incorporates texts restored by editor Polk to Faulkner's original vision sans early editorial deletions and alterations. Also included are notes by Blotner and a chronology of Faulkner's life. Essential for American literature collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940450851
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
Library of America Series, #73
Pages:
1110
Sales rank:
326,174
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William Faulkner (1897–1962) was born in Mississippi and was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize. 

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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