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The Best of Bad Faulkner: choice entries from the faux faulkner contest Paperback – October 15, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest/HBJ Original
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (October 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156118505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156118507
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dean Faulkner Wells, born in 1936,  is the niece of William Faulkner and the daughter of Dean Swift Faulkner, Faulkner's youngest brother, and Louise Hale.   Her father was killed before she was born in a plane crash in 1935.  When she was growing up, she was entertained by stories told by her famous uncle, whom she called "Pappy" at his home Rowan Oak.   William Faulkner told ghost stories to Dean,  his daughter Jill, and his granddaughter Vicki.

Dean Faulkner Wells has retold three of his ghost stories from her childhood in The Ghosts of Rowan Oak:  William Faulkner's Ghost Stories for Children. She has written stories and articles which have appeared in Parade Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and the Paris Review.  She is also the editor of  The Great American Writers' Cookbook and The Best of Bad Faulkner and the author of the children's book Belle-Duck at the Peabody.


Wells was educated in Geneva and at the University of Mississippi.  She  married Larry Wells and together they live today in Oxford, Mississippi. They run Yoknapatawpha Press.


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I'm the founder and owner of O'Brien Communications Group (obriencg.com). I'm also a lifelong writer, finally finding my way into publishing. As of this writing, in addition to the works listed here, I have another book for children written and being illustrated; I have a graphic novel written and being illustrated; popular demand requires that I write at least one more Martin the Marlin book; and I'm having the time of my life. You can begin to see why on Martin the Marlin's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MartinTheMarlin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beyond-Is-Within Also on March 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a hoot! Or series of same, to be both brief and precise. It's been so long since I read college Faulkner that I can't remember a shred (skein?) of it, but who would be so dyspeptic as to argue that either absurdist humor or bathroom reading are unworthy literary categories -- let alone a genre that combines both?

More to the point: sure, the best single way to learn about style is to read and re-read the great stylists, and so come to grok both the breadth of their differences and the depth of their similarities, and thereby enliven a sense of the space of possibilities for human expression -- both to enhance appreciation of each writer's uniquely in-formed and informing "flavor", and to articulate within oneself a "framing space" for placing (and perchance assessing) the perspectives and technical accomplishments of future writers (yikes -- this style parody stuff is corrupting!).

But reading skillful parody *does* add an undeniable dimension to this enrichment process, by shining a light on the nature of style as such. I recently read selections from some book or other of multi-author parodies (I think it was one of those "an education in a book" titles), and was amazed at how deft they were, at how incapable I would have been to produce such eloquent verbal portraiture -- distorted as in a fun house mirror, but in spite of this (or because of it) so revealing, in terms of elements as subtle as "tone" and "voice".

Interestingly enough, I may have learned more from the parodies of the authors I hadn't read than of those I had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William A. Wilbanks on November 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
A splended collection of Faux Faulkner. Having lived in Oxford and passed the time of day with him in Krogers (he would always stop us to talk to our little boy)...i.e. when we had not mixed him up with Brother John...I can tell you how much he enjoyed this Faux stuff...I suggest that anyone who has grown as a result of sharing his world try their hand at faux...and read the old Oxford Eagle...If Mr. Bill puts your soul on warp speed, order this book right now.
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4 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "flava_flav_anilla" on October 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I realize that an American tradition is mocking great writers and painters, but this is ridiculous. Why don't all these idiots go and write their own books? What did Faulkner do to deserve such a FATE? And this brings up a question: WHAT kind of PERSON would WASTE their time reading "faux" Faulkner? The only answer to that QUESTION is No one. No one who has read Faulkner would EVEN BOTHER to imitate him. The only people left to read this book are bored old ladies sipping tea in the south and amusing themselves with a little LITE SOUTHERN "LITERATURE."
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