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Collected Stories by William Faulkner
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My opinion (for whatever it is worth) is that Faulkner was a much better short story writer than novelist. The form put limits on his stream of consciousness techniques and forced him to keep the narratives moving, which he seems to struggle with in the longer form. Stories like "That Evening Sun", "Barn Burning", "Two Soldiers" and its sequel, "Shall Not Perish" are as good as any I've ever read. There's also "Dry September" and the famous "A Rose For Emily". When I think of it, the reason these stories work so much better than his novels is that his style, with the cadence and razor sharp imagery of poetry, creates a dramatic tension that is probably impossible to sustain in a longer work.
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