Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 December 1995

544 Pages | 22 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195101294

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William Faulkner and Southern History

Joel Williamson

One of America's greatest novelists, William Faulkner, was a writer deeply rooted in the American South. In works such as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!, Faulkner drew powerfully on Southern themes, attitudes, and atmosphere to create his own world and place--the mythical Yoknapatawpha County--peopled with quintessential Southerners such as the Compsons and Sartorises. Indeed, to a great degree perhaps unmatched by any other major twentieth-century novelist, Faulkner remained at home and explored his own region--the history and culture and people of the South. Now, in William Faulkner and Southern History, one of America's most acclaimed historians of the South, Joel Williamson, weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner himself, an astute analysis of his works, and a revealing history of Faulkner's ancestors in Mississippi--a family history that becomes, in Williamson's skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture itself. This book makes the writings of William Faulkner--often thought to be inscrutable--easily accessible to the general reader. Thoroughly researched and highly readable, it describes fully and clearly the cultural context that produced first the artist and then the art.