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Now recognized as two of Faulkner's greatest novels, "The Sound and the Fury" (1929) and "As I Lay Dying" (1930) were commercial failures in the decade following their publication. By the end of the Second World War, however, the reputation of both novels had grown and Faulkner's great fictional creation, Yoknapatawpha County, had become as much a part of America as any real area of the Mississippi landscape. This guide explores the wealth of critical material generated by these two exceptional works of modernist fiction. From the initially mixed critical responses to the novels in the early 1930s, the guide follows the enormous growth of interest in Faulkner's work across six decades. New writings shaped by a range of critical theories are discussed, offering the reader a clear view of the place now given to one of America's most innovative and influential novelists.
William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying: Essays, Articles, Reviews
Introduction 1. Trying to Say: Critical Responses to The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, 1929-49 2. Taming the Furies: Faulkner Criticism in the 1950s and 1960s 3. Sounding the Depths: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying in the 1970s 4. Division, Death, and Desire: Race and Form in Faulkner in the 1980s 5. Mothers, Signifyin(g) Monkeys, and Significant Eyes: The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying in the 1990s Notes Select Bibliography Index