William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying: Essays * Articles * Reviews

Overview

Now recognized as two of Faulkner's greatest novels, The Sound and the Fury (1929) and As I Lay Dying (1930) were commercial failures in the decade following their publication. By the end of the Second World War, however, the reputation of both novels had grown and Faulkner's great fictional creation, Yoknapatawpha County, had become as much a part of America as any real area of the Mississippi landscape.

This Guide explores the wealth of critical material generated by these two...

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Overview

Now recognized as two of Faulkner's greatest novels, The Sound and the Fury (1929) and As I Lay Dying (1930) were commercial failures in the decade following their publication. By the end of the Second World War, however, the reputation of both novels had grown and Faulkner's great fictional creation, Yoknapatawpha County, had become as much a part of America as any real area of the Mississippi landscape.

This Guide explores the wealth of critical material generated by these two exceptional works of modernist fiction. From the initially mixed critical responses to the novels in the early 1930s, the Guide follows the enormous growth of interest in Faulkner's work across six decades. New writings shaped by a range of critical theories are discussed, offering the reader a clear view of the place now given to one of America's most innovative and influential novelists.

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In five essays heavy with excerpts, Tredell traces the critical reception of the 1929 and 1930 novels by southern US writer Faulkner, widely considered to be among his most powerful. The chronological essays cover trying to say 1929-49; taming the furies in the 1950s and 1960s; sounding the depths in the 1970s; division, death, and desire in the 1980s; and mothers, signifying monkeys, and significant eyes in the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231121897
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Tredell teaches at the University of Sussex.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Trying to Say: Critical Responses to The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, 1929-492. Taming the Furies: Faulkner Criticism in the 1950s and 1960s3. Sounding the Depths: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying in the 1970s4. Division, Death, and Desire: Race and Form in Faulkner in the 1980s5. Mothers, Signifyin(g) Monkeys, and Significant Eyes: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying in the 1990sNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

Columbia University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    as i lay dying

    I thought it was a hard book to follow and you had to pay close attention to all the charctors in the book to get the story.

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