Novels, 1926-1929

Novels The Library of America edition of the novels of William Faulkner culminates with this volume presenting his first four each newly edited and in many cases restored with passages that were altered

  • Title: Novels, 1926-1929
  • Author: William Faulkner Noel Polk Joseph Blotner
  • ISBN: 9781931082891
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Library of America edition of the novels of William Faulkner culminates with this volume presenting his first four, each newly edited, and, in many cases, restored with passages that were altered or in the case of Mosquitoes expurgated by the original publishers This is Faulkner as he was meant to be read.In these four novels we can track Faulkner s extraordinary evThe Library of America edition of the novels of William Faulkner culminates with this volume presenting his first four, each newly edited, and, in many cases, restored with passages that were altered or in the case of Mosquitoes expurgated by the original publishers This is Faulkner as he was meant to be read.In these four novels we can track Faulkner s extraordinary evolution as, over the course of a few years, he discovers and masters the mode and matter of his greatest works Soldiers Pay 1926 expresses the disillusionment provoked by World War I through its account of the postwar experiences of homecoming soldiers, including a severely wounded R.A.F pilot, in a style of restless experimentation In Mosquitoes 1927 , a raucous satire of artistic poseurs, many of them modeled after acquaintances of Faulkner in New Orleans, he continues to try out a range of stylistic approaches as he chronicles an ill fated cruise on Lake Pontchartrain.With the sprawling Flags in the Dust published in truncated form in 1929 as Sartoris , Faulkner began his exploration of the mythical region of Mississippi that was to provide the setting for most of his subsequent fiction Drawing on family history from the Civil War and after, and establishing many characters who recur in his later books, Flags in the Dust marks the crucial turning point in Faulkner s evolution as a novelist.The volume concludes with Faulkner s masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury 1929 This multilayered telling of the decline of the Compson clan over three generations, with its complex mix of narrative voices and its poignant sense of isolation and suffering within a family, is one of the most stunningly original American novels.

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    1. This book collects Faulkner's first four novels, and is the first book in a beautiful series of five from the Library of America that together comprise his collected novels. The first two books here (Soldier's Pay and Mosquitos) are pretty negligible, even for the truly devoted. Flags in the Dust is the first novel Faulkner wrote set in the mythical Mississippi area that would become the setting for pretty much all his work after it, and it's interesting if for no other reason that it sets the s [...]

    2. Four great novels. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these in chronological order; you can visibly see Faulker's skills improving as he settles in to his own original voice.

    3. Just read "Soldier's Pay" and most of "Mosquitos" before heading for "As I Lay Dying." It doesn't work to read Faulkner the way you would read, say, Tolkien or Sir Walter Scott. The latter gentlemen tell a fairly monotextured story--in the course of which, to be sure, they handle serious themes and evoke sensations and images that go far deeper than the "plain" text--which is best appreciated at face value. Even a more complex work like, say, a Shakespeare play, must still be appreciated on that [...]

    4. Sartoris is the first novel Faulkner located in Yoknapatawpha County where he would go on to set fourteen more novels. In it he introduces the Sartoris family but the Snopes are also present in this early novel. It seems that he began to find his own voice in this novel, improving over his two earlier offerings (Soldiers' Pay and Mosquitoes). He tells the story of a Southern family of the 'romantic' type, exhibiting chivalry and courage in a haughty and sometimes vain style. Bayard the younger, [...]

    5. Pre-Yokna Faulkner, about what we pay for war. A great deal, indeed. He's getting his stylistic legs here in terms of shifting narrative perspective and juggling characters, of course. But the human/philosopho observations are already sharp and prescient. How 'bout this for a look forward to our current evangelistas: "We purchase our salvation as we do our real estate. Our God need not be compassionate, he need not be very intelligent, But he must have dignity." Ah, dignity!

    6. See reviews for the individual works. I was most interested, particularly in my second reading of _The Sound and the Fury,_ to note that Faulkner used social inequities (between women and men, African Americans and European Americans, and between economic classes) as sources of much of the conflict and tension in his novels. The class-lines seem particularly interesting and fruitful for him in these early works.

    7. In three short years Faulkner somehow made the leap from the comparably slight and almost forgettable first three novels to the masterpiece of "The Sound and the Fury". I can't think of another author in the Library of America collections I've read that blew such a butterfly out of such a dull chrysalis.

    8. Jan, 2010: Soldiers' Pay. Earliest Faulkner novel. Beginning of my 3-year project to read all his novels and short story collections, in order.April, 2010: Starting Mosquitoes.

    9. William Faulkner: Novels 1926-1929: Soldiers' Pay / Mosquitoes / Flags in the Dust / The Sound and the Fury (Library of America) by William Faulkner (2006)

    10. Faulkner's first four novels. The Sound and the Fury is a masterpiece. The earlier three are more forgettable, though still worth reading for anyone interested in his evolution.

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