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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Memorable prose and an unexpected ending. - Goodreads
Seriously morbid, at times hard to read, but great. - Goodreads
Great technique in writing. - Goodreads
I hate the plot of the book and found it quite boring. - Goodreads
A good read and a good introduction to Faulkner. - Goodreads
I felt as though it was sloppy in it's writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christopher Klein - Goodreads

The first time I read this I was not ready to put in the work that this book requires, what with the multiple character-narrators who speak in stream of consciousness. This time though, I was ready ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hara - Goodreads

Maybe if it was written in plain English I would have an opinion on something other than the dysfunctionality of the Bundren family. The language is of course central to and characteristic of the ... 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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