“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write
poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most
demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel
Forty-two stories make up this magisterial collection by the
writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction. Compressing an
epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner’s stories
evoke the intimate textures of place, the deep strata of history and legend, and
all the fear, brutality, and tenderness of the human condition. These tales are
set not only in Yoknapatawpha County but in Beverly Hills and in France during
World War I. They are populated by such characters as the Faulknerian
archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and
women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the
protagonists of most novels.
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