William Faulkner and Southern History

William Faulkner and Southern History One of America s great 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 Faulk

  • Title: William Faulkner and Southern History
  • Author: Joel Williamson
  • ISBN: 9780195101294
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of America s great 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 SoutherOne of America s great 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, Sartorises, Snopes, and McCaslins Indeed, to a 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 Williamson provides an insightful look at Faulkner s ancestors, a group sketch so brilliant that the family comes alive almost as vividly as in Faulkner s own fiction Indeed, his ancestors often outstrip his characters in their colorful and bizarre nature Williamson has made several discoveries the Falkners William was the first to spell it Faulkner were not planter, slaveholding aristocrats Confederate Colonel Falkner was not an unalloyed hero, and he probably sired, protected, and educated a mulatto daughter who married into America s mulatto elite Faulkner s maternal grandfather Charlie Butler stole the town s money and disappeared in the winter of 1887 1888, never to return.Equally important, Williamson uses these stories to underscore themes of race, class, economics, politics, religion, sex and violence, idealism and Romanticism the rainbow of elements in human culture that reappear in Faulkner s work He also shows that, while Faulkner s ances

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    1. Detailed review of the south and Faulkner during his lifetime it does not polish the image of Faulkner not finished yet

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