WILLIAM FAULKNER: Early Prose And Poetry by Carvel-Ed. Collins

WILLIAM FAULKNER: Early Prose And Poetry

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This unexpectedly posthumous publication of Faulkner's earliest literary efforts provides the chronological preface to the complete works--from poetry in The Marble Faun (1924) through the novels to autobiography in The Reivers (1962). These poems, critical reviews, drawings, and short story first appeared in the various undergraduate publications at the University of Mississippi from 1916 to 1925. At that time Oxford, Miss. had not yet become Yoknapatawpha County, and William Falkner (as it was then spelled) had only begun his personal trek into American literature-which, in his essays here, he calls ""still inarticulate"". The poems are unimpressive collegiate gambols in the best-worn Romantic and Neo-symbolist traditions. The short story (Landing in Luck) set in a Canadian military base is undergraduate stuff, unrecognizable Faulkner. The critical reviews (of O'Neill, Millay, Aiken) amuse by their confident, prudish evaluations. As Collins states in his introduction telling the story of those early years when the collegians called him ""Count"" Falkner and prophesied an important future, these works are formative, not accomplished, pieces. Precisely for this value--as fragments in the total image--the early works are worth any Faulknerian's while. Timely.

Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.