And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
June 11, 2004 7:27 AM Subscribe
The Sound and the Fury.
75 years ago, William Faulkner
finished his fourth novel
. It was published
later in the fall (October 7, 1929), and for the first fifteen years sales totaled just over 3,300 copies (an appendix
was added in 1946
, when most of Faulkner's books
were out of print.
Of course, a few years after that he was awarded the Nobel Prize
). It was Faulkner's own favorite novel, primarily, he said, because he considered it his "most splendid failure".
Many critics think it's the finest work of an American Master: the key to Faulkner, wrote Alfred Kazin (.pdf file)
, lies not only in the unflinching extremity of his God-blasted characters, but in the odd and unaccountable moments of redemptive human tenderness.
The Internet is very kind to Faulkner's fans: we can check out the Faulkner home
, his manuscripts and even his pipe
, trivia from his Postmaster's days
, we can read examples of his snarkiness
(hurled against Hemingway and Clark Gable
), we can admire the pages of screenplays
from his Hollywood
days. We can go to Faulkner academic conferences, too: in the USA
. Want to know what Bunny Wilson
and Ralph Ellison
had to say about Faulkner? Here
. (more inside, with Conan O'Brien)
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