Faulkner was once asked at the University of Virginia, where he was a guest lecturer, how much he drew his characterization of Colonel Sartoris from his own great-grandfather, Colonel Falkner. Faulkner responded:. That's difficult to say.
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That comes back to what we spoke of — the three sources the writer draws from — and I myself would have to stop and go page by page to see just how much I drew from family animals that I had listened to from these old undefeated spinster aunts that children of my time grew up with. Probably, well, the similarity of raising of that infantry regiment, that was the same, the — his death was about — was pretty close, pretty close parallel, but the rest of it I would have go through to — page by page and remember, Did I hear this or did I imagine this?
What does not appear in the novel is that during all of these involved activities, Colonel Falkner took out time to write one of the nation's bestsellers, The White Rose of Memphis, which appeared in He also wrote two other novels, but only his first was an outstanding success. As was Colonel Sattoris in The Unvanquished, Colonel Falkner was finally killed by one of his rivals, and his death was never avenged. Today, one can travel to the cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi, and see a statue of Colonel Falkner, dressed in his Confederate uniform, gazing out at his railroad, and looking over the region that he fought so desperately and valiantly for.
Only William Faulkner himself, of all the interceding members of the Falkner family, was as distinguished — and ultimately more distinguished — than his great-grandfather was.
Except for his novel Sanctuary, Faulkner's early novels were never commercial successes. Consequently, he would often interrupt a novel and write short stories for magazines; most of the stories in The Unvanquished, for example, first appeared in magazines. He would also take frequent trips to Hollywood, where he wrote or collaborated in writing film scripts purely for financial reasons.
When Intruder in the Dust was published in and was almost immediately made into a movie, the novel and the movie both called attention to all of Faulkner's other works.
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Almost overnight, Faulkner was acclaimed by all sorts of critics, writers, and teachers. Ironically, virtually all of his books were out of print at that time, but today one can readily purchase a copy of almost every book that Faulkner ever wrote. In his later life, in , Faulkner moved to Virginia, where he was artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia; there, in informal class settings, he answered many questions about his books, his writing, and his artistic concepts.
While he was not always accurate, his answers to many of the questions are expansions on his entire Yoknapatawpha series. Of The Unvanquished, he said that it should be the first of his novels that one should read because "it's easy to read.
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Sensibar, Warwick Wadlington, Philip M. William Faulkner was born September 25, In honor of his centenary the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference of brought together twenty-five of the most important Faulkner scholars to examine the achievement of this writer generally regarded as the finest American novelist of the twentieth century. The panel discussions and essays that make up Faulkner at Retrospect and Prospect provide a comprehensive account of the man and his work, including discussions of his life, the shape of his career, and his place in American literature, as well as fresh readings of such novels as The Sound and the Fury , Sanctuary , Absalom, Absalom!
Spanning the full range of critical approaches, the essays address such issues as Faulkner's use of African American dialect as a form of both appropriation and repudiation, his frequent emphasis on the strength of heterosexual desire over actual possession, the significance of his incessant role-playing, and the surprising scope of his reading. Of special interest are the views of Albert Murray, the African American novelist and cultural critic.
He tells of reading Faulkner in the s while a student at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. At the University of Mississippi Donald M. On the one hand, the novel portrays a s southern family whose central voices are obsessed with a past—located in the diverse images of an absent sister—they can neither restore nor convincingly clarify.
On the other hand, the novel represents this imprisonment in an irrecoverable past as a narrative revolution: a combination of abrupt scene shifts, looping chronology, and the perversely allusive prose of interior monologue. The backward look may paralyze the Compsons and by extension the impotent upper-class South they represent, but Faulkner asserted his creative vitality with stunning self-assurance.
For his works through Go Down, Moses , Faulkner expanded what might seem a narrow and insufficiently representative southern drama into an examination of broader social and cultural conditions. From the sexual rebellion of Caddy Compson in The Sound and the Fury , which both dismays and fascinates her brother, Quentin, emerged a series of hetero- and homosexual encounters that constitute a kind of initiatory challenge that stimulates in women a passion for experience and in men a fear of contamination.
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It is as if the double focus of inherited codes and the quest for autonomy assumed a sexual correspondence. Complicating this withdrawal is the fact that the power of original imaginative insight, especially in Quentin and Ike, seems to require that restriction.
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