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William Faulkner by Cleanth Brooks
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Jul 14, 2012

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At no point in reading Cleanth Brook's treatment of Faulkner do you stop wishing you were reading Faulkner, which isn't really Brook's fault I suppose.

Perhaps it isn't fair to require literary theorists to write about our favorite books. No matter how thorough Brooks manages to make his survey of Faulkner's work his collection fails to capture or sustain the kind of language that I think flourishes in the best criticism. Intelligent, clear, well written there is not anything to say against this book just not enough to say for it. Since Brooks avoided a chronological arrangement I have to wonder why he segmented off his review of Faulkner by novel. It is themes that Brooks seems to excel at the most. As it is he stops repeatedly in every chapter to either remind us of a previous book or summarize one that will follow. (He also annoys me considerably by spending about 4 pages comparing Gavin to Sir Tristan when there are so many, better, allusions to explore)

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