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WILLIAN FAULKNER: A Critical Appraisal

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the ""passionate minority"" and the timid novitiate, this is a distinguished guide and illuminating appreciation of the works of the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1960. Beginning with a brief introduction which includes a short biographical sketch and mention of recent critical work on Faulkner, the authors plunge into an analysis of the structural elements in the major novels and stories- imagery, the symbolism of the subconscious, and other devices of tone, plot, theme and point of view- all of which are closely allied to the prime impulse of ""cosmic pessimism"" which pervades Faulkner's themes and expression. The authors take issue with those critics who would impute to Faulkner, on the basis of later novels and the ""Prize speech"", a growing optimism and traditional faith, pointing out that the ""enduring quality"" of the more stoic and primitive characters merely weather, but do not obscure or change the unpleasant, tragic crush of an indifferent universe. Scholarly but general in approach and of appeal to students and the alert reader.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1951
Publisher: University of Okla. Press