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The Faulkner Reader

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With a Foreword by the author. The Sound and the Fury, selections from other novels, three novellas, nine stories, the Nobel Prize address, etc.
Hardcover, 682 pages
Published January 4th 1954 by Random House New York (first published 1954)
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Oct 15, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
8 short stories, 6 excerpts from other works, "The Sound and the Fury" in its entirety, and the text of Faulkner's speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize.

2015 - reread just the short stories. I enjoyed them all but "The Odor of Verbena" & "The Courthouse" seem to me to be most like his style in The Sound and the Fury (a warning or an enticement depending on the reader!).
Feb 05, 2016 Gena rated it liked it
This is a bit too much Faulkner for me to take at one time. Having said that, there are some great stories in this book. I really loved "Wash" and some others. This book contains several short stories and novellas as well as the Sound and the Fury and the Bear (From Go Down Moses). I did not re-read the Bear but I did re-read Sound and the Fury. There is some brilliant writing and some fantastic sentences, but at one point I thought you could do a serious college English project just trying to d ...more
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I got through two short stories ("A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning") before I remembered why I don't like Faulkner. The man twists plain English into some sort of Faulknerian dialect that even when I read and reread it I'm still not entirely certain what he's trying to say. Maybe this is another "if you have to ask then you're not intelligent enough to read it" books.
Jun 29, 2010 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Used this book in a class in college. HB in very good condition with dustcover. You will find a few notes from class in the text. Great book.
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Mar 08, 2011 Andrew Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nearly unintelligible but a hallmark of American Literature nonetheless.
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William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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