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The life of William Faulkner : a critical biography

Author: Richard J Gray
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, 1996.
Series: Blackwell critical biographies, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Arguably the greatest novelist yet to emerge from the United States, William Faulkner was a white Southerner creatively obsessed with problems of personal identity, social change, region, sexuality, race, and that elaborate circuitry of passion and power, the family." "In this major reassessment Richard Gray uses and develops recent theories about the relationship between writing and historical experience, language  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Named Person: William Faulkner; William Faulkner; William Faulkner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Gray
ISBN: 0631203168 9780631203162 0631164154 9780631164159
OCLC Number: 35818131
Notes: Originally published: Oxford ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, 1994.
Description: xvi, 448 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Fictions of History: An Approach to Faulkner. I. On Privacy: Faulkner and the Human Subject. II. History as Autobiography: The World of Faulkner. III. Autobiography as History: The Life of Faulkner --
2. Faulkner the Apprentice. I. Trying Our Different Voices: The Early Prose and Poetry. II. Of loss and Longing: Soldier's Pay and Mosquitoes --
3. Rewriting the Homeplace. I. Ancestor Worship, Patricide and the Epic Past: Flags in the Dust and Sartoris. II. Voices, Absence and Cultural Autobiography: The Sound and the Fury. III. A Southern Carnival: As I Lay Dying. IV. And Woman Was Invented: Sanctuary --
4. Of Past and Present Conflicts. I. Language, Power and the Verbal Community: Light in August. II. The Virile Pilot and the Seductions of the Air: Pylon. III. History is What Hurts: Absalom, Absalom! IV. The Plantation Romance and the Madwoman in the Attic: The Unvanquished --
5. Public Faces and Private Places. I. Now About These Women: The Wild Palms. II. Let's Make a Deal: The Hamlet. III. Things Fall Apart: Go Down, Moses. IV. Watching the Detectives: Intruder in the Dust --
6. The Way Home. I. Finished and Unfinished Business: Knight's Gambit and Requiem for a Nun. II. Of Crowds, Control and Courage: A Fable. III. Distant Voices, Desperate Lives: The Town. IV. Then the Letting Co: The Mansion --
Postscript: Back to Earth. I. The Romance of the Family: The Reivers. II. 'I Was Here' --
Faulkner Family Trees. I. The Faulkners. II. Faulkner's Wife. III. 'The Old Colonel''s Second Wife and Family. IV. Faulkner's Mother.
Series Title: Blackwell critical biographies, 5.
Responsibility: Richard Gray.

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