Charles Weinberg's Reviews > One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner

One Matchless Time by Jay Parini
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Parini's hero worship isn't very useful--emphasis on hyper-individuality an (author) origin-ality taking precedent over larger social frameworks. In the conclusion he states, "In a very real sense, Faulkner fathered himself, having seen fatherhood diluted as it passed down" (428) (this conceit of Faulkner as god of Yoknapatawpha is periodically asserted). Creation myths--something out of nothing? Diluted blood? Seems lazy and old fashioned for a biographer. Beyond that, the book was compelling and I'm drinking much more now.
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