William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country

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LSU Press, 1963 - Literary Criticism - 499 pages
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Hailed by critics and scholars as the most valuable study of Faulkner's fiction, Cleanth Brooks's William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country explores the Mississippi writer's fictional county and the commanding role it played in so much of his work. Brooks shows that Faulkner's strong attachment to his region, with its rich particularity and deep sense of community, gave him a special vantage point from which to view the modern world.

Books's consideration of such novels as Light in August, The Unvanquished, As I Lay Dying, and Intruder in the Dust shows the ways in which Faulkner used Yoknapatawpha County to examine the characteristic themes of the twentieth century. Contending that a complete understanding of Faulkner's writing cannot be had without a thorough grasp of fictional detail, Brooks gives careful attention to "what happens: In the Yoknapatawpha novels. He also includes useful genealogies of Faulkner's fictional clans and a character index.


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My rating of this book is based on what I've read of it (btwn a third and half); I can only say that I wish I'd had it to hand when I slogged my way through Absalom, Absalom! (by choice, no less: I ... Read full review

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Interesting look at Faulkner's landscape and an invaluable companion to reading Faulkner's work. Read full review


Yeoman Farmers
Faulkner as Nature Poet
The Community and the Pariah Light in August
The Old Order The Unvanquished
Southern Exposure Sartoris
Discovery of Evil Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun
Odyssey of the Bundrens As I Lay Dying
Frenchmans Bend
The Story of the McCaslins Go Down Moses
The Community in Action Intruder in the Dust
History and the Sense of the Tragic
Man Time and Eternity The Sound and the Fury
The World of William Faulkner The Reivers
Character Index

Passion Marriage and Bourgeois Respectability
Faulkners Revengers Tragedy The Mansion

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About the author (1963)

Cleanth Brooks(1906--1994) was born in Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar. He began his teaching career at Louisiana State University in 1932. To many minds, Brooks is the archetypal New Critic, the man whose catch phrases, critical studies, and college textbooks epitomized New Critical ideas, practice, and pedagogy.

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