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As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner, Michael Gorra
As I Lay Dying
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Long been recognized not only as one of William Faulkner’s greatest works, but also as the most accessible of his major novels.This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1985 corrected text and is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. “Backgrounds and Contexts” is divided into... show more
Long been recognized not only as one of William Faulkner’s greatest works, but also as the most accessible of his major novels.This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1985 corrected text and is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. “Backgrounds and Contexts” is divided into three sections, each of which includes a concise introduction by Michael Gorra that carefully frames the issues presented, with particular attention to As I Lay Dying’s place in Faulkner’s literary life. “Contemporary Reception” reprints American, English, and French reviews by Clifton Fadiman, Henry Nash Smith, Edwin Muir, and Maurice Coindreau, among others, along with Valery Larbaud’s never-before-translated preface to the first French edition of the novel. “The Writer and His Work” examines Faulkner’s claim to have written the novel in six weeks without changing a word. It includes his comments on the book’s composition along with his later thoughts on and changing opinions of it, sample pages from the manuscript, his Nobel Prize address, and the little-known short story in which he first used the title. “Cultural Context” reprints an essay by Carson McCullers and an excerpt from James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men along with other materials that address questions of Southern Agrarianism and the Southern grotesque. “Criticism” begins with the editor’s introduction to As I Lay Dying’s critical history and scholarly reception. Eleven major essays are provided by Olga W. Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Calvin Bedient, André Bleikasten, Eric Sundquist, Stephen M. Ross, Doreen Fowler, Patrick O’Donnell, Richard Gray, John Limon, and Donald M. Kartiganer. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393931389 (0393931382)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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MikeDI
MikeDI rated it
2.0 As I Lay Dying
Okay, as I explained in an earlier post I've decided to delve into some 'Classics.' At a Writer's Conference in San Diego about two years ago, I had heard a pair of young female agents discussing how they would never have agreed to represent the likes of Hemingway or Fitzgerald. They found their wor...
MikeDI
MikeDI rated it
2.0 As I Lay Dying
Okay my new thing is not to act out of the moment so I'm going to wait a few days then write a review.
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Booklife of Bia
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2.0 As I Lay Dying
Is it an impossible thing to say that you didn't like a classic? I still appreciate this novel and I am somehow glad I read it, but I was not able to get into the story at all, which is a pity, because it actually is a good plot and storyline despite Faulkner's style of writing, which I seem not to ...
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4.5 Mistakes were made
As I've gotten older I find I am more receptive to the comedy in canonical authors such as Faulkner and Joyce. Early on the impression I worked from was one of reverence that event their wordplay was poetic and meaningful and should evoke awe, which is part of it, but I've come to understand that a ...
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