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"A work of timeless importance" New York Times "He has written a novel which in form is a thriller - and a very good thriller too - but this without distracting from its profundity" New Statesman "There is an extraordinary vigor and power in his writing, a feverish urge toward description in which words combine in a dense web of meaning" Chicago Tribune "The greatest American writers of the last century were William Faulkner and Saul Bellow" -- Philip Roth "In a single brief decade, Faulkner had produced more lasting works of fiction than many great writers do in a lifetime" Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Faulkner was the son of a family proud of their prominent role in the history of the south. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and left high school at fifteen to work in his grandfather's bank. Rejected by the US military in 1915, he joined the Canadian flyers with the RAF, but was still in training when the war ended. Returning home, he studied at the University of Mississippi and visited Europe briefly in 1925. His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919. His first book of verse and early novels followed, but his major work began with the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929. As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936) and The Wild Palms (1939) are the key works of his great creative period leading up to Intruder in the Dust (1948). During the 1930s, he worked in Hollywood on film scripts, notably The Blue Lamp, co-written with Raymond Chandler. William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Reivers just before his death in July 1962. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Of the ten Faulkner novels I have read, this is my least favorite. The main reason: the subject matter does not seem to fit the language. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gammyraye
Normally I love Faulkner, but this book was like wading through a thick swamp.Published 13 months ago by Sadie McCarley
The world is entitled to its opinion, but on reading this, I felt that Faulkner is the most over-rated writer I have ever encountered. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Stein
I love the writings of William Faulkner and have read several of his works. I especially enjoyed this book when I read it.Published 17 months ago by Linda Dixon