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William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country Paperback – December 1, 1989
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Cleanth Brooks(1906--1994) was born in Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar. He began his teaching career at Louisiana State University in 1932. To many minds, Brooks is the archetypal New Critic, the man whose catch phrases, critical studies, and college textbooks epitomized New Critical ideas, practice, and pedagogy.
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So, while many scholars have approached Billy's works, none (in my humble estimation) surpass Cleanth's insights.
Dedicated to Robert Penn Warren, it contains 13 essays devoted to Faulkner's major works, and three offerings on qualities of Faulkner's works. The writing is clear and accessible, not at all cluttered with the multi-syllabic gibberish that characterizes so much scholarship.
It turned out to be almost forty years before I returned to Faulkner. Over the past year I have read eight of Faulkner's major novels, including, once again, "Absalom, Absalom!". It has been one of the most rewarding reading projects of my life. After reading a novel, I would read the relevant chapter in WILLIAM FAULKNER: THE YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTRY, which invariably enhanced (although to differing degrees) my understanding of the novel. Even a careful and sophisticated reader would miss some of the intricacies of Faulkner's stories without a guide such as Brooks's. On top of that, for the most part Brooks's interpretations and critical commentary are reasonable; his are not nearly as fanciful as those found in many readers' guides written by academics, and I don't recall ever feeling that one of his comments was utter BS. Moreover, Brooks's knowledge of Faulkner's oeuvre is prodigious.Read more ›
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Am doing independent Faulkner studies covering Yoknapatawpha County (for a year) and am just starting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Don C. Couch
I won't recycle the excellent reviews above...they cover everything you'd want to know about this essential companion to Faulkner's stories, so pardon me for just taking advantage... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Severus Martin Bernice