From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner--also available are "Snopes, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, "and "Selected Short Stories"
First published in 1936, "Absalom, Absalom " is William Faulkner's ninth novel and one of his most admired. It tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded attempt to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. Although his grand design is ultimately destroyed by his own sons, a century later the figure of Sutpen continues to haunt young Quentin Compson, who is obsessed with his family legacy and that of the Old South. "Faulkner's novels have the quality of being lived, absorbed, remembered rather than merely observed," noted Malcolm Cowley. ""Absalom, Absalom " is structurally the soundest of all the novels in the Yoknapatawpha series--and it gains power in retrospect." This edition follows the text of "Absalom, Absalom "as corrected in 1986 under the direction of Faulkner expert Noel Polk and features a new Foreword by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
About the Author
William Faulkner was an American writer, Nobel Prize laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. A prolific writer, Faulkner is best known for his novels and short stories, including The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, which are set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, and the Snopes trilogy which includes The Hamlet, The Town and The Mansion. Along with Mark Twain, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee, Faulkner is considered one of the most important writers of Southern literature and is known for his experimental style, including the use of "stream of consciousness." Faulkner died in 1962.
John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for the "New York Times Magazine" and the southern editor of the "Paris Review". He writes for "GQ", " Harper's Magazine", and "Oxford American" and is the author of "Blood Horses" and "Pulphead", a 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee.
“For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner’s works] are without equal in our time and country.” —Robert Penn Warren
“He is the greatest artist the South has produced. . . . Indeed, through his many novels and short stories, Faulkner fights out the moral problem which was repressed after the nineteenth century [yet] for all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for greatness of our classics.” —Ralph Ellison