A Reader's Guide to William Faulkner

A Reader's Guide to William Faulkner

The Short Stories

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Baker & Taylor
The new guide, the first comprehensive book of its kind, offers analyses of all Faulkner's short stories, published and unpublished, that were not incorporated into novels or turned into chapters of a novel. Seventy-one stories receive individual critical analysis and evaluation. These discussions reveal the relationship of the stories to the novels and point up Faulkner's skills as a writer of short fiction. Although Faulkner often spoke disparagingly of the short story form and claimed that he wrote stories for moneywhich he didEdmond L. Volpe's study reveals that Faulkner could not escape even in this shorter form his incomparable fictional imagination nor his mastery of narrative structure and technique.

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In this companion to his Reader's Guide to William Faulkner: The Novels (1964), Volpe (emeritus, English, City College of New York) presents critical essays on Faulkner short stories divided into three periods from 1919-1954. As he notes, there are few full-length studies of Faulkner's short fiction and fewer still have stressed the introduction of characters in the Yoknapatawpha saga from the short stories. Describing his approach as an "eclectic offshoot of the New Criticism," the author treats Faulkner's symbolism and such themes as loss and betrayal of illusions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815630470
Characteristics: xv, 315 p. ; 24 cm


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