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Reading Faulkner. Absalom, Absalom! : glossary and commentary

Author: Joseph R Urgo; Noel Polk
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2010.
Series: Reading Faulkner series.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Absalom, Absalom! has long been regarded as one of William Faulkner's most difficult, dense, and multilayered novels. It is, on one level, the story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." On another level, the book  Read more...
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Named Person: William Faulkner; William Faulkner; William (1897-1962) Faulkner; William Faulkner; William Faulkner
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph R Urgo; Noel Polk
ISBN: 9781604734348 1604734345 9781604735789 1604735783
OCLC Number: 367421598
Description: xv, 207 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Reading Faulkner series.
Responsibility: by Joseph R. Urgo and Noel Polk.

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"Absalom, Absalom! has long been regarded as one of William Faulkner's most difficult, dense, and multilayered novels. It is, on one level, the story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." On another level, the book narrates the tragedy that befalls the entire Sutpen family and that tragedy's legacy that continues well into the twentieth century and beyond. The novel's intricate, demanding prose style, and its haunting dramatization of the South's intricate, demanding history make it a masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature." "Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! offers a close examination and interpretation of the novel. Here difficult words and cultural terms that might prove to be a problem for general readers are explained and keyed to page numbers in the definitive Faulkner text (Library of America and Vintage editions). The authors place Faulkner's novel in its historical context, while also connecting it to his other works."--BOOK JACKET.

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