The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War
ISBN: 1631491709
EAN13: 9781631491702
Language: English
Publication Date: Aug 25, 2020
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 9.6" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War

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William Faulkner, one of America's most iconic writers, is an author who defies easy interpretation. Born in 1897 in Mississippi, Faulkner wrote such classic novels as Absolom, Absolom and The Sound and The Fury, creating in Yoknapatawpha county one of the most memorable gallery of characters ever assembled in American literature. Yet, as acclaimed literary critic Michael Gorra explains, Faulkner has sustained justified criticism for his failures of racial nuance--his ventriloquism of black characters and his rendering of race relations in a largely unreconstructed South--demanding that we reevaluate the Nobel laureate's life and legacy in the twenty-first century, as we reexamine the junctures of race and literature in works that once rested firmly in the American canon.

Interweaving biography, literary criticism, and rich travelogue, The Saddest Words argues that even despite these contradictions--and perhaps because of them--William Faulkner still needs to be read, and even more, remains central to understanding the contradictions inherent in the American experience itself. Evoking Faulkner's biography and his literary characters, Gorra illuminates what Faulkner maintained was the South's curse and its separate destiny, a class and racial system built on slavery that was devastated during the Civil War and was reimagined thereafter through Read More chevron_right

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