Collected Stories of William Faulkner

Collected Stories of William Faulkner

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Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679764038
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1995
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Vintage International Edition
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 149,347
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.51(d)

About the Author

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in 1897 and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. One of the towering figures of American literature, he is the author of The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and As I Lay Dying, among many other remarkable books. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1950 and France’s Legion of Honor in 1951. He died in 1962.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1897

Date of Death:

July 6, 1962

Place of Birth:

New Albany, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Byhalia, Mississippi

Table of Contents

I. THE COUNTRY
Barn Burning
Shingles for the Lord
The Tall Men
A Bear Hunt
Two Soldiers
Shall Not Perish

II. THE VILLAGE
A Rose for Emily
Hair
Centaur in Brass
Dry September
Death Drag
Elly
Uncle Willy
Mule in the Yard
That Will Be Fine
That Evening Sun

III. THE WILDERNESS  
Red Leaves
A Justice
A Courtship
Lo!
 
IV. THE WASTELAND
Ad Astra
Victory
Crevasse
Turnabout
All the Dead Pilots
 
V. THE MIDDLE GROUND
Wash
Honor
Dr. Martino
Fox Hunt  
Pennsylvania Station
Artist at Home
The Brooch
My Grandmother Millard
Golden Land
There Was a Queen
Mountain Victory
 
VI. BEYOND
Beyond
Black Music
The Leg
Mistral
Divorce in Naples
Carcassonne

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Collected Stories of William Faulkner 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Rebel78 More than 1 year ago
Great collection of short stories, nice way to get an idea of his style before jumping into one of his novels. Formatting isn't the greatest, but the links work which is the most important part, a strange symbol here and there mainly.
HankTenn More than 1 year ago
Today's NYTimes top fiction-sellers list seems to have tons of fiction but all too little literature. And though I never thought William Faulkner could be described as "refreshing" getting back to the old master takes the reader where the place is loaded with creative oxygen. Faulkner is at his most accessible in his short stories. Though, perhaps, most found ways into a novel. There are selection which became the Snopes Trilogy, for example. Collected Stories of William Faulkner is a trip back in time dealing with what makes Southerners Southern. . . . and raising the question: Just how far have we come from this?
BeaverMeyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by this collection. I've never come across a better collection of stories than this one. His WWI stories, I don't particularly care for, but I was mesmerized by almost everything in this book. Faulkner is my ultimate hero.
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