A William Faulkner Encyclopedia

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Robert W. Hamblin, Charles A. Peek
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages

Sometimes called the American Shakespeare, William Faulkner is known for providing poignant and accurate renderings of the human condition, creating a world of colorful characters in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, and writing in a style that is both distinct and demanding. Though he is known as a Southern writer, his appeal transcends regional and even national boundaries. Since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, he has been the subject of more than 5,000 scholarly books and articles. Academic interest in his career has been matched by popular acclaim, with some of his works adapted for the cinema. This reference is an authoritative guide to Faulkner's life, literature, and legacy.

The encyclopedia includes nearly 500 alphabetically arranged entries for topics related to Faulkner and his world. Included are entries for his works and major characters and themes, as well as the literary and cultural contexts in which his texts were conceived, written, and published. There are also entries for relatives, friends, and other persons important to Faulkner's biography; historical events, persons, and places; social and cultural developments; and literary and philosophical terms and movements. The entries are written by expert contributors who bring a broad range of perspectives and experience to their analysis of his work. Entries typically conclude with suggestions for further reading, and the volume closes with a bibliography and detailed index.

 

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About the author (1999)

ROBERT W. HAMBLIN is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. He is editor of the newsletter Teaching Faulkner and coeditor of Faulkner: A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection (5 vols., 1982-89). His articles have appeared in such journals as Southern Review, Studies in Bibliography, American Notes and Queries, Southern Literary Journal, and Journal of Mississippi History.

CHARLES A. PEEK is Professor of English and Director of the Prairie Institute at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The associate editor of Teaching Faulkner, he has published essays on Faulkner in the Faulkner Journal and the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching The Sound and the Fury.

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