As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text

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Modern Library, 1930 - Fiction - 261 pages
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner--also available are Snopes, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories


One of William Faulkner's finest novels, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of literature's great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. Along with a new Foreword by E. L. Doctorow, this edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.

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Goodness knows not all great works are easy to read. - LibraryThing
The prose is, at moments, stunning. - LibraryThing
However that said, the writing style was amazing. - LibraryThing
The plot is straightforward, but the emotions are not. - LibraryThing
William Faulkner's writing is without parallel. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - NineLarks - LibraryThing

The story follows a rural Southern family that deals with the practical and emotional concerns of waiting for the mother to die, then the burial. It tells the story through many eyes, with each ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

Read it twice in a row. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about the book, so I'll limit my review to an expression of regret that a book like this would NEVER be published today. Not by the big 5 anyway. Screw you, big 5. Just screw you. So it goes. Read full review

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About the author (1930)

William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun (a collection of poems), in 1924, and his first novel, Soldier's Pay, in 1926. In 1949, having written such works as Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for two other novels, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962). From 1957 to 1958 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. He died on July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Mississippi.

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