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4HE -ODERN 3HORT 3TORYA ROSE FOR EMILYSHORT STORY BY WILLIAM FAULKNERDID YOU KNOW?WILLIAM FAULKNER . . .• DROPPED OUT OF HIGHSCHOOL AND TOOK ONLY AFEW COLLEGE CLASSES AS ASPECIAL STUDENT.• WORKED ALMOST THREEYEARS AT THE POSTOFFICE, WHERE HE WASCONSIDERED LAZY ANDINATTENTIVE, BEFORE HERESIGNED.-EET THE !UTHORToday, William Faulkner is consideredone of the literary giants of the 20thcentury. This distinction didn’t comeeasily, however. Faulkner took a while tofind himself and his subject. Only afterhe decided to focus on his home stateof Mississippi and his colorful familyhistory was the full force of his creativityunleashed. Over an astonishing 13-year span, Faulkner churned out onemasterpiece after another—among them,The Sound and the Fury(1929),As I LayDying(1930),Sanctuary(1931),Absalom,Absalom!(1936), andGo Down, Moses(1942). Of these artistic achievements, onlySanctuarywas a bestseller—partly due to itsscandalous subject matter—and none of thebooks earned Faulkner enough money tosupport his growing family. Although somecritics raved about him, many others agreedwith theNew York Timesthat his Southwas “too often vicious, depraved, decadent,corrupt.” By 1945, most of his books wereout of print.A glanceat Faulkner’s work wouldexplain why readers and criticsresisted his fiction. He wrotenarratives on the cutting edgeof the new modernism, andfor the most part, he refusedto compromise with thetypical reader’s desire for a coherent,chronological story. His novels weavenumerous flashbacks into multiplestory lines. They push sentence lengthto new limits, and two of his best-known modernist works increase thereader’s challenge by using several highlyunreliable narrators to tell the story.TheSound and the Furyhas three first-personnarrators (see pages 934-935).As I LayDyinghas fifteen. The story of a mother’sdying wish, Faulkner’s fifth novelswitches narrators with each chapter,supplying readers with the perspectiveof various family members and othersinvolved in the story. It is anything butan easy read.RESURGENCEIn 1946, an enterprisingeditor named Malcolm Cowley publishedThe Portable Faulkner,a collection ofstories and novel excerpts that untangledFaulkner’s elaborate saga. Cowley’sblueprint plus a helpful introductionsparked new interest in Faulkner. Withthe anxieties of the Great Depression andWorld War II behind them, more readerswere ready to accept Faulkner’s challengeto revisit the crimes and passions of theSouth—and America itself—through amodern consciousness.WILLIAM FAULKNER1897–1962KEYWORD: HML11-1064AVIDEO TRAILERGO TOTHINKCENTRAL.COM.KEYWORD: HML11-1064BAuthor OnlineNARRATIVE CHALLENGESA glaat Faulkner’s work wouldexplain why readers andresisted his fiction. He wnarratives on the cuttingof the new modernism, afor the most part, he refuto compromise with the1064READING 2BRELATE THE TEXTSTRUCTURES OF MYTHIC LITERATURETO 20TH AND 21ST CENTURYAMERICAN NOVELS, PLAYS, ORFILMS.5AEVALUATE HOWDIFFERENT LITERARY ELEMENTS

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