William Faulkner and Southern History / Edition 1

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One of America's most acclaimed historians of the South weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner with an astute analysis of his works and a revealing history of his ancestors in Mississippi--a family history that becomes, in Williamson's skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture itself.

One of America's most acclaimed historians of the South weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner with an astute analysis of his works and a revealing history of his ancestors in Mississippi--a family history that becomes, in Williamson's skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this masterful blend of family history, biography, cultural history, and literary criticism, noted Southern historian Williamson (Univ. of North Carolina) explores the elements that make up Faulkner's fictional universe. Williamson demonstrates that the themes of race, class, sex, and violence that dominate Faulkner's fiction arise out of the conflict between an idealism generated by the Southerners' desire for an Edenic world in which individuals enact well-defined cultural, political, and social roles and a realism, fostered by modern industrial society, that challenged such roles. Williamson applies this thesis with particular force to the roles of sex and community in Faulkner's writing. The book also provides a clearer picture than other Faulkner biographies of his time in Hollywood, his insatiable desire for younger women, and his recurring drinking bouts. Williamson's study is a fine complement to Joseph Blotner's Faulkner: A Biography ( LJ 4/15/84) and a nice addition to cultural histories of the South. Highly recommended for public libraries.-- Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
Williamson, historian of the South and author of The Crucible of Race (Oxford U.P., 1984), weaves together a biography of Faulkner himself, an analysis of his works, and a history of Faulkner's ancestors in Mississippi, into a portrait of Southern culture itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195101294
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,051,701
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Williamson is Lineberger Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is one of our foremost historians of the South, and his classic work The Crucible of Race (1984) won five awards: the Parkman Prize by the Society of American Historians (for high literary quality), the Emerson Award by Phi Beta Kappa (for scholarship in the humanities), a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Mayflower Cup, and the Owsley Prize of the Southern Historical Association (for the best book on the American South). It was also one of three books nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History for 1984.

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Table of Contents

Out of the Garden 3
1 Ancestry
1. The Falkners 11
2. The Colonel 41
3. The Butlers 77
4. Flight 111
2 Biography
5. Youth, 1897-1918 141
6. The Artist as a Young Man, 1918-1929 184
7. The Middle Years, 1929-1950 225
8. The Search, 1950-1956 275
9. The Virginia Years, 1956-1962 315
3 The Writing
A Faulknerian Universe 355
10. Sex in the Sylvan Setting 365
11. Community 399
The Garden 427
Acknowledgments 435
Notes 439
Index 483
Genealogy 511
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