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Writing to American poet Malcolm Cowley in 1949, William Faulkner expressed his desire to be identified simply via his books. He might pass directly to win the Nobel Prize for literature a number of months later, and whilst he died recognized in 1962, his biographers instantly started to unveil and dissect the sorrowful lifetime of "the little guy from Mississippi." regardless of the numerous works released approximately Faulkner, his existence and profession, it is still a secret how a poet of youngster symbolist poems rooted within the historical past of the Deep South grew to become one of many maximum novelists of the 20 th century. right here, popular critic André Bleikasten revisits Faulkner’s biography during the author’s literary mind's eye. Weaving jointly correspondence and archival study with the smooth literary research for which he's identified, Bleikasten offers a multi-strand account of Faulkner’s lifestyles in writing. by means of rigorously conserving either the biographical and inventive lives in hand, Bleikasten teases out threads that hold the reader during the significant occasions in Faulkner’s lifestyles, emphasizing these situations that mattered such a lot to his writing: the load of his multi-generational family members heritage within the South; the formation of his oppositional temperament provoked by way of a resistance to Southern bourgeois propriety; his inventive and sexual restlessness and uncertainty; his lifelong fight with funds and alcohol; his paradoxical break out to the bondages of Hollywood; and his ultimate bent towards self-destruction. this is often the tale of the fellow who wrote undying works and lived in and during his novels.

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