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Faulkner: A Biography Paperback – January 2, 1991

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"This is an overwhelming book, indispensable for anyone interested in the life and works of [our] greatest contemporary novelist" - Chicago Tribune" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The classic, definitive biography of William Faulkner --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 778 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (January 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679730532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679730538
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1996
Format: Paperback
Originally published in two volumes, Joseph L. Blotner's
biography of the imminent writer of the American South,
William Faulkner, is often touted as THE chronicle of
Faulkner's life. Blotner's style is really quite readable.
Indeed, this text is so accessible, one must question his
accountability on some instances of Faukner's words to
friends and loved ones. (Who really remembers what his
wife's father said to him on a particular day--famous or
not?) All in all, though, this chronicle sits on the top of
the biographical heap for the time being. And it probably
won't be displaced for many years to come.
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It is not very clear in what I read here that this is NOT Blotner's original biography, but the abbreviated version. Since Blotner approved (however begrudgingly?) of the abbreviation, I am giving this edition the five stars the original clearly deserves (see the other reviews). But it should also be noted that there are none of the photographs in this publication (at least in the Kindle version) which so enhanced the original two-volume work. Read the original.
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By J. Morgan on July 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
I understand the complaint of those who find this tome-length bio too inclusive of detail, but if you have a keen interest in Faulkner's work, this is an interesting and informative read.
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By Phyllis Hirshleifer on November 17, 2014
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This is an excellent biography, very detailed. There are many newer biographies and studies of Faulkner's work, but Blotner's effort is still useful.
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