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Collected Stories of William Faulkner Paperback – October 31, 1995
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“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 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the collection that came out in the fifties containing 42 stories, some from earlier collection and others previously unpublished in book form.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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
William Faulkner. Nobel Prize. This is great literature.Published 4 months ago by George Kolombatovich
Collected Stories by William Faulkner is an amazing book! This 900 page book is filled with 42 captivating short stories mainly setting in the Deep South during the time of World... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katie Doran
I return to this book constantly. I have given copies to 2 friends, & I have word out 2 copies myself -- becuz the binding fails, I guess. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 85607Scotty
I have had to read the stories over, one knows Faulkner is not easy however I loved Light in August even though I also had to read it twice..Published 9 months ago by Isabel Bee
I love Faulkner. No one can create character like Faulkner! no contrived endings like Dickens either. Take a look at this country in the time these stories were written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kristine
As I read each story, I find myself relating to contemporary events in the news. I find it amazing that his stories reflect the past but continue to be relevant today.Published 16 months ago by Carl Ricchetti