The Corrected TextBook - 1993
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.
From Library Staff
Absalom, Absalom explores the intricacies of the relationships between the
two Southern families, one in the (rising) middle class, the second a relic
of 19th century aristocracy. An interesting American parallel to Brideshead
Revisited, tracing the crumbling of the old families of the American S... Read More »