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William Faulkner: A Literary Life (Literary Lives) Hardcover – June 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1403946805 ISBN-10: 1403946809 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Literary Lives
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403946809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403946805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 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: #3,438,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Rampton is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa. His publications include Vladimir Nabokov: A Critical Study of the Novels (CUP, 1984), Vladimir Nabokov (Macmillan, 1993), Prose Models (co-ed., HBJ, 1989 - 2nd ed).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackson on July 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With rare tact and nuance, David Rampton, one of the most accomplished Canadian critics and scholars, takes on the life of a writer who scandalized and alienated the masses while developing a cult following among the critics and the literati which eventually landed him a Nobel Prize in the 1950s. Rampton does not bring much new information to the table; his strength lies elsewhere, namely in a sensible and sensitive interpretation of Faulkner's life which brings new life to literary studies in the age when most critics still pretend that biographical (extratextual, in the jargon) elements have nothing to add to the art. Wrong, demonstrates Rampton on every page of this concise but lovingly wrought volume, and this juror's verdict is firmly on his side.
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By Don C. Couch on May 13, 2014
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Based on existing reviews, I bought this book. I found it to be chock full of dubious literary references and pretentious phrases. Fortunately, I bought a cheap copy, probably from a remainder shelf..
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By Peter Swirski on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is my second attempt to post a review of this excellent if undersized "literary" biography, the first having been inexplicably lost in one of amazon's "upgrades". The silver lining is that I've had the opportunity to re-read David Rampton's study in cold blood, so to say, and discover a number of nuances that I admittedly missed in my first read three years ago. Buyer be forewarned: if you're looking for one of the nauseatingly bookish and antiquarian exercises that could have come form the pen of Barnaby the Scrivener, hast ye along to one of the numerous plodding biographies of F. that litter library shelves. If you want a concise, provocative, loving but critical (not an oxymoron, you know) distillate of who Faulkner was as a creator, you're in for a treat. Obsessed with making it, which meant making money while out-modernist-ing his contemporaries, F. was also a priest of art famous for choosing Keats's Grecian Urn over his own mother (and a few others). To me Rampton's nuanced discussion of F.'s 'nobrow' aesthetic tendencies is sufficient reason for awarding him five stars and looking forward to his forthcoming book on Nabokov, another avatar of literary 'fusion'.
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