Faulkner in the University

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Frederick Landis Gwynn, Joseph Blotner
University Press of Virginia, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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In 1957 and 1958 William Faulkner was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. During that time he held thirty-seven conferences and answered over two thousand questions on a wide range of concerns, from exegetic problems in his novels to the role of the writer in modern society. Almost every word was recorded on tape, and the result is the classic Faulkner in the University, originally published in 1959 and now available for the first time in a paperback edition.
The material collected here offers testimony to some fascinating exchanges between the author and his public and makes up one of the few sourcebooks available on Faulkner's personal views. As the writer himself commented, "These are questions answered without rehearsal or preparation, by a man old enough in the craft of the human heart to have learned that there are no definitive answers to anything, yet still young enough in spirit to believe that truth may still be found provided one seeks enough, tests and discards, and still tries again."

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Faulkner is a genious. There is so much advice in this book, not just on literary craft and writing, but on life in general. I bought this on a whim and just ate it up. Anyone who wants to be a writer should read this. Read full review

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Joseph Blotner (1923–2012) was Professor of English at the University of Michigan. He wrote major biographies of William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren.

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