"For good or ill, the public has been taught to believe that academics are held to a more rigorous standard even than journalists—the assumption being that a scholarly book is grilled within an inch of its life, with all potential inaccuracies headed off by the peer review process. That it may not always be the case is the most interesting, not to say alarming, aspect of the case of Ledgers of History
: How many academic books are prepared and marketed with little attempt to corroborate their contents? And how easily might the claims of such an unsubstantiated book become accepted as 'fact'—and as 'history'?"
"From the beginning of this present phase of the race problem in the South, I have been on record as opposing the forces in my native country which would keep the condition out of which this present evil and trouble has grown. Now I must go on record as opposing the forces outside the South which would use legal or police compulsion to eradicate that evil overnight. I was against compulsory segregation. I am just as strongly against compulsory integration."
"A Letter to the North," William Faulkner, LIFE Magazine, March 5th, 1956.
David Milch, creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood, has inked a deal with HBO
to produce television shows and movies from the literary works of William Faulkner.“I’m not, probably, the first person they would have thought of approaching them,” Mr. Milch said in a phone interview, referring to his months-long discussions with the William Faulkner Literary Estate. “But a number of conversations were fruitful and here we are.”
; Milch previously
Friday: William Faulkner's connection with the University of Mississippi
was a varied one, including a stint as an abysmal postmaster
. Regardless, Ole Miss has put together a vast website
dedicated to the writer. Learn about his life
, his family tree
, his home at Rowan Oak
, and even a FAQ
for those common questions. Learn about his novels
, his short stories
, and his poems
. And if that's all old hat, how about information on his work in Hollywood
, a source of academic resources
on the writer, a listing of other websites
on Faulkner, and lastly, a page of trivia, quotes, and quizzes
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)