From Publishers Weekly
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Ms. Snell enters day by day and week by week Faulkner's old hometown and that largely vanished South, and she records them more fully than any Faulkner biography has done. . . . Phil Stone can thus be read not simply as a biography of a minor character, but as a meditation on life and art and the curious interchanges by which the two become one.(New York Times Book Review)
Useful and entertaining . . . A sympathetic biography of a complex, popular small-town lawyer, a life worth reading.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
[Snell] makes the Oxford, Miss., of both men's childhood and young truly alive and intelligible. Stone's biographer can tell a tale: in depicting and explaining the community's economic ups and downs, its political and family intrigues, in recreating the back-porch gossip of Phil's and Bill's small university town and surrounding territory, and describing how in that idyllic summer before the Great War, Bill, Phil and the 'gang' that hung around the Carters and the Oldhams 'practiced idleness together,' she makes the actual as real as Faulkner's fiction.(Chicago Tribune)
A first-rate biography of a key person in William Faulkner's life.(America) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.