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Collected Stories of William Faulkner Paperback – October 31, 1995


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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (October 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679764038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679764038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner. If you want to know all you can about that heart and soul, the fiction where he put it is still right there.” —Eudora Welty
 
“For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for greatness of our classics.” —Ralph Ellison

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This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds readers of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this book are such classics as "A Bear Hunt, " "A Rose for Emily, " Two Soldiers, " and "The Brooch."

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If you like good literature, I strongly suggest that you read this amazing book.
CoffeeGurl
William Faulkner (1897-1962) famously said that all novelists were failed short story writers and all short story writers were failed poets.
P. J. Owen
His words are potent and sharp in all of them, even if his point and meaning is more elusive.
Warren

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Warren on December 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
The first Faulkner book I read was in my junior year of high school. When I consulted my teacher about whether I should choose Faulkner or another author to read, she told me something along the lines of, "Faulkner's regionalistic and enigmatic style is interpreted two different ways by two different types of people: One think that he is symbolic and profound, the other think that he is not and rather full of it." Well, I do feel sorry for the 'other' group, because to not reconize the depth behind his more-poetic-than-most-poets words is just plain out wacky. I will say that he is not your typical fiction writer, his books do not have action oriented plots (or even any action in some cases), but he still somehow manages to catch your interest. I have never fell asleep while reading a book or story by Faulkner, and not many authors have earned this distinction. He also leaves you with a sense of reflection, again something distinguishing him from many others. Personally, I prefer short stories to novels, I find that my focus to the point and plot of the story is less distracted by the end as with a novel and I typically find that I retain more. I do enjoy Faulkner's novels and have read quite a few, but this collection of short stories is just brilliant beyond brilliant. His words are potent and sharp in all of them, even if his point and meaning is more elusive. I completely and totally recommend that everyone read this collection of stories. Everyone. Really. That means you too.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Owen on February 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
William Faulkner (1897-1962) famously said that all novelists were failed short story writers and all short story writers were failed poets. To anyone who has tried to write fiction, I think these words make a lot of sense. However, while reading his collection of short stories, it occurred to me over and over again that the source of this quote may in fact be one of its exceptions. It goes without saying that Faulkner's novels are one of the finest bodies of work in that genre, so he was, obviously, a novelist. But with this collection of stories, it seems to me he was also a formidable short story writer. And I would challenge anyone who reads `Carcassone', the beautiful `story' that closes this immense collection, to tell me that Faulkner didn't have the poet in him as well.

This is the collection that came out in the fifties containing 42 stories, some from earlier collection and others previously unpublished in book form. They are not grouped chronologically, but rather by `subject': `The Country', `The Village', `The Wilderness', etc. I don't know why Mr. Faulkner did this, but I found it really worked to have stories of similar themes or places grouped together.

For those who haven't read Faulkner before, his writing is a dense, `stream of consciousness' style, essentially the exact opposite of his nemesis, the minimalist Ernest Hemingway. This means these stories can be hard reading in a lot of spots, as the meaning of what is happening or what Faulkner wants us to comprehend can be elusive. Some sections or whole stories will need to be read again until the meaning becomes clear, or clearer.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. F Malysiak on June 23, 1999
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A terrific introduction to the world of Faulkner's fiction. Some of these stories "Wash", "Barn Burning", "All the Dead Pilots", and "That Evening Sun" serve as introductions to some of the characters that populate his novels. These 42 stories encapsulate a brilliant career, featuring a wide variety of styles and points of view.
I am not a big fan of short stories, but each of these reads like a mini-novel.
You will be engrossed and will want to go back and read them again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beerzie Boy on November 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading "A Mule in the Yard," "That Will Be Fine," and "That Evening Sun" I was reminded of why this guy is one of the greatest storytellers ever. I know, his writing can be dense and even a times nearly unintelligible, but patience and concentration pays off with Faulkner. And his use of point of view is amazing.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 31, 2000
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William Faulkner's work has influenced many writers. His extravagant language and quirky stories are the epitome of fiction. Having read this amazing collection of short stories, I have no doubt in my mind that Faulkner was a very interesting person -- I would've loved to meet him.
My favorite story is "A Rose for Emily"; the quirkiness and symbolism in the story is both beautiful and strange. I also like "A Bear Hunt," "All the Dead Pilots," "Wash," and "Two Soldiers" -- all of the stories have a very unique language. If you like good literature, I strongly suggest that you read this amazing book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1998
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Reading these stories by Faulkner is like listening to your granddad tell about a town and county you want so badly to be real and are heartbroken that its not. These stories are some of the best ive ever read. Their beauty lies in their sense of believability and simplicity of the characters in them. Just like everday people
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