The Life of William Faulkner

The Life of William Faulkner

The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934

Carl Rollyson


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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, William Faulkner was a southerner who became widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of all time. yet he was full of astonishing paradoxes, and to date no biography has been able to capture the comlexities of the man and his work. In the Life of William Faulkner, accalimed literary biographher Car Follyson portrays a new Faulkner. Based on extensive interviews with family and friends of Faulkner -- as well as unparalleled access to primary and secondary wource materials -- this frist of what will be a major two-vlume work offers a dramatic narrative that breas the bounds of the traditional literary biography.

Drenched in the culture of the Deep South, Faulkner wrote novels of enduring literary significance, yet his body of work also included Hollywood screenplays and potboilers for the The Life of William Faulkner. A self-proclaimed renegade artist, Faulkner was also a dedicated family man. Integrating Faulkner's finction and life, Rollyson argues that the novelist deserves to be reread not just as a literary figure but as a force still relevant to the contemporary world. The culmination of years of research, The Life of William Faulkner offers a significant challenge and an essential contribution to Faulkner scholarship.