Collected Stories of William Faulkner

Collected Stories of William Faulkner

Book - 1934
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“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.” —William Faulkner

Winner of the National Book Award

Forty-two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction. Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner’s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, the deep strata of history and legend, and all the fear, brutality, and tenderness of the human condition. These tales are set not only in Yoknapatawpha County, but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I. They are populated by such characters as the Faulknerian archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the protagonists of most novels.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of short stories focuses on the people of rural Mississippi

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1934]
ISBN: 9780394722573
Characteristics: 900 p. 22 cm


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oldhag Apr 28, 2012

Faulkner is addictive; having once entered his sweaty, sinewy, senuous, scary world of Yoknapatawpha, no matter how much I squirm, and suffer, I can't go, and I can't stay neither:

"Girls are different from boys.
It's not that she was bad. There's not any such thing as a woman born bad, because they are all born bad, born with the badness in them. The thing is, to get them married before the badness comes to a natural head. But we try to make them conform to a system that says a woman can't be married until she reaches a certain age. And nature don't pay any attention to systems, let alone women paying any attention to them, or to anything."


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