Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner (Modern Library Series)

Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner (Modern Library Series)

by William Faulkner


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From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are Snopes, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner was a master of the short story. Most of the pieces in this collection are drawn from the greatest period in his writing life, the fifteen or so years beginning in 1929, when he published The Sound and the Fury. They explore many of the themes found in the novels and feature characters of small-town Mississippi life that are uniquely Faulkner’s. In “A Rose for Emily,” the first of his stories to appear in a national magazine, a straightforward, neighborly narrator relates a tale of love, betrayal, and murder. The vicious family of the Snopes trilogy turns up in “Barn Burning,” about a son’s response to the activities of his arsonist father. And Jason and Caddy Compson, two other inhabitants of Faulkner’s mythical Yoknapatawpha County, are witnesses to the terrorizing of a pregnant black laundress in “That Evening Sun.” These and the other stories gathered here attest to the fact that Faulkner is, as Ralph Ellison so aptly noted, “the greatest artist the South has produced.”

Including these stories:

“Barn Burning”
“Two Soldiers”
“A Rose for Emily”
“Dry September”
“That Evening Sun”
“Red Leaves”
“There Was a Queen”
“Mountain Victory”
“Race at Morning”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679424789
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2000
Series: Modern Library Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 236,951
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun (a collection of poems), in 1924, and his first novel, Soldier’s Pay, in 1926. In 1949, having written such works as Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for two other novels, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962). From 1957 to 1958 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. He died on July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Mississippi.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1897

Date of Death:

July 6, 1962

Place of Birth:

New Albany, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Byhalia, Mississippi

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Ralph Ellison

Faulkner is the greatest artist the South has produced.

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Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner (Modern Library Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing collection of Faulkner's short stories. I became hooked on his writing when I read A Rose for Emily in high school. His short stories are just as wonderful if not more than his novels. He was a gifted writer that really makes you think when you read.
twigtip More than 1 year ago
William Faulkner wrote some of the greatest fictional works of the 20th Century. These stories are a great way to get to know him and and his work.
GeorgiaObserver More than 1 year ago
William Faulkner is an acquired taste and I haven't been able to acquire it yet. Even though I don't like his stories, I recognize his amazing power of description and way with words. I can't think of any other writer in his league as far as being able to conjure up disturbing images, and imbuing his setting with such a sense of dread and inevitable tragedy. Maybe that is why he was hired to write for the movies. You can not head these stories without visualizing every detail and feeling as if you are present in those dreadfully unfolding events.
If you are looking for "happy talk" go elsewhere. If you are looking for powerful images, and a tutorial on how to be descriptive, then stay and immerse yourself in a world you will hope never to visit.
LesBahadur More than 1 year ago
Faulkner is incomparable, a triumvir with Mark Twain and Herman Melville as the United States' finest writers.. His novels are often labyrinthine, sometimes experimental, but so fine for those who have been eased into his Yoknapatawpa county world by his exquisite short stories. Never read much Faulkner? This is the place to start, for his short stories are as precise as a rifle shot. Essential, nonpareil.
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One of my favorite short stories. Recommended.
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