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ISBN-10: 1324091010
ISBN-13: 9781324091011
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 10/05/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.20" H

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War

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With this “rich, complex, and eloquent” (Drew Gilpin Faust, Atlantic) work, Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gorra charts the evolution of an author through his most cherished–and contested–novels. Given the undeniable echoes of “Lost Cause” romanticism in William Faulkner’s fiction, as well as his depiction of Black characters and Black speech, Gorra argues convincingly that Faulkner demands a sobering reevaluation. Upending previous critical traditions and interweaving biography, literary criticism, and rich travelogue, the widely acclaimed The Saddest Words recontextualizes Faulkner, revealing a civil war within him, while examining the most plangent cultural issues facing American literature today.

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Michael Gorra is one of the finest critical minds at work in literature today, and this masterly reassessment of William Faulkner could not be more timely. Faulkner is a central figure in American fiction and, indeed, in American history, a voice as resonant in today's troubled world as it was in his own time. Gorra asks hard questions about the novelist and the man, and is unflinching in answering them. This is a momentous and thrilling book.–John Banville
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ISBN-10: 1324091010
ISBN-13: 9781324091011
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 10/05/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.20" H
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