William Faulkner: A Life through Novels by André Bleikasten, Miriam Watchorn, Philip Weinstein

By André Bleikasten, Miriam Watchorn, Philip Weinstein

Trans. via Miriam Watchorn

Writing to American poet Malcolm Cowley in 1949, William Faulkner expressed his desire to be identified purely via his books. He could pass directly to win the Nobel Prize for literature a number of months later, and whilst he died recognized in 1962, his biographers instantly started to unveil and dissect the sad lifetime of "the little guy from Mississippi." regardless of the numerous works released approximately Faulkner, his lifestyles and profession, it nonetheless is still a secret how a poet of teenage symbolist poems rooted within the background of the Deep South turned one of many maximum novelists of the 20 th century. the following, well known critic André Bleikasten revisits Faulkner’s biography during the author’s literary mind's eye. Weaving jointly correspondence and archival study with the sleek literary research for which he's identified, Bleikasten provides a multi-strand account of Faulkner’s existence in writing. through conscientiously preserving either the biographical and inventive lives in hand, Bleikasten teases out threads that hold the reader during the significant occasions in Faulkner’s existence, emphasizing these situations that mattered such a lot to his writing: the burden of his multi-generational kinfolk background within the South; the formation of his oppositional temperament provoked by means of a resistance to Southern bourgeois propriety; his artistic and sexual restlessness and uncertainty; his lifelong fight with funds and alcohol; his paradoxical break out to the bondages of Hollywood; and his ultimate bent towards self-destruction. this is often the tale of the guy who wrote undying works and lived in and during his novels.

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Novels 1942–1954: Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable. N5 Faulkner, Vol. 5 (1999). Novels 1957–1962: The Town, The Mansion, The Reivers. NOS New Orleans Sketches, ed. Carvel Collins (New York: Random House, 1968). RN Requiem for a Nun (New York: Random House, 1951). SL Selected Letters of William Faulkner, ed. Joseph Blotner (New York: Random House, 1977). US Uncollected Stories, ed. Joseph Blotner (New York: Random House, 1979). WFO James W. Webb and A. Wigfall Green, William Faulkner of Oxford (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965).

We know little about Shakespeare and yet we manage very well without such knowledge. But we still want to know who wrote Hamlet; we still want to know who wrote The Sound and the Fury, even if it means coming away disappointed, as often happens when we find out more about a confused or mediocre life. The difficulty, whether we are dealing with Faulkner or Hemingway, Proust or Joyce, Céline or Aragon, is to contemplate strength and frailty simultaneously, the radiant grandeur of the writer and the weaknesses of the man.

The fact that Faulkner was born into a middle-class American family at the very end of the nineteenth century and that he spent most of his life in that mezzogiorno that is the southern United States is not unimportant to anyone who wishes to understand him better. His identity as a writer is not an unworldly essence. Attempting to comprehend what is most comprehensible in this identity is not moving away from it; trying to understand Faulkner as both a visible and a public figure in his environment and time does not mean turning away from him.

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