Faulkner: A Biography

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 778 pages
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William Faulkner (1897-1962) remains the pre-eminent literary chronicler of the American South and a giant of American arts and letters. Creatively obsessed with problems of race, identity, power, politics, and family dynamics, he wrote novels, stories, and lectures that continue to shape our understanding of the region's promises and problems. His experiments and inventions in form and style have influenced generations of writers.

Originally published in 1974 as a two-volume edition and extensively updated and condensed in a 1991 reissue, Joseph Blotner's Faulkner: A Biography remains the quintessential resource on the Nobel laureate's life and work. The Chicago Tribune said, "This is an overwhelming book, indispensable for anyone interested in the life and works of our greatest contemporary novelist." That invaluable 1991 edition is now back in print.

Blotner, a friend and one-time colleague of Faulkner's, brings a vivid, personalized tone to the biography, as well as a sense of masterful, comprehensive scholarship. Using letters, inter-views, reminiscences, critical work, and other primary sources, Blotner creates a detailed and nuanced portrait of Faulkner from his birth to his death. The revision of the original 1974 biography incorporates commentary on the plethora of Faulkner criticism, family memoirs, and posthumously published works that appeared in the wake of the first version. It also examines collections of letters and other materials that only came to light after the original publication.

Featuring a detailed chronology of Faulkner's life and a genealogical chart of his family, Faulkner is authoritative and essential both for literary scholars and for anyone wanting to know about the life of one of the nation's foremost authors. Blotner's masterpiece is the template for all biographical work on the acclaimed writer.

 

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Contents

September 1897September 1902
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September 1902Agugust 1905
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September 1905September 1906
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September 1906Spring 1911
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Autumn 1911March 1918
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Summer 1914March 1918
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AprilDecember 1918
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December 1918September 1919
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November 1935January 1936
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JanuaryOctober 1936
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October 1936August 1937
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August 1937February 1938
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MarchDecember 1938
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January 1939March 1940
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March 1940January 1941
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January 1941January 1942
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September 1919June 1920
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JuneNovember 1920
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Autumn 1920Autumn 1921
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Autumn 1921
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December 1921November 1924
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Autumn 1924January 1925
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JanuaryApril 1925
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AprilJune 1925
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JuneJuly 1925
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JulyOctober 1925
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OctoberDecember 1925
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December 1925Febraury 1926
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FebruaryJune 1926
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JuneOctober 1926
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October 1926June 1927
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June 1927Wineter 1928
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WinterSeptember 1928
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SeptemberDecember 1928
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December 1928June1929
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June 1929March 1930
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April 1930January 1931
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JanuaryOctober 1931
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OctoberDecember 1931
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December 1931May 1932
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MayOctober 1932
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October 1932August 1933
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September 1933February 1934
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FebruaryOctober 1934
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September 1934March 1935
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MarchNovember 1935
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JanuaryJuly 1942
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July 1942August 1943
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August 1943December 1944
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December 1944Septemeber 1945
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September 1945April 1947
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April 1947February 1948
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FebruaryDecember 1948
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December 1948January 1950
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JanuaryNovember 1950
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NovemberDecember 1950
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JanuarySeptember 1951
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September 1951May 1952
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May 1952January 1953
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JanuaryNovember 1953
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December 1953April 1954
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May 1954July 1955
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JulyOctober 1955
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October 1955February 1957
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FebruaryMay 1957
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June 1957November 1958
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November 1958June 1959
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June 1959October 1960
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October 1960October 1961
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October 1961May 1962
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MayJuly 1962
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Notes
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Chronology
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Acknowledgments
755
Index
757
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About the author (2005)

Joseph Blotner is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan.

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