Simply Faulkner by Philip WeinsteinSimply Faulkner by Philip Weinstein

Simply Faulkner

byPhilip Weinstein

Paperback | July 18, 2016

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Nobel Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner (1897–1962) was one of America’s greatest and most celebrated writers, whose work reflects and, at the same time, questions the South's most deeply held values. His novel The Sound and the Fury is frequently cited as one of the best books of all time, and all of his works powerfully explore complex societal and family issues that continue to be relevant in our own day. Yet, because of his decidedly difficult, stream-of-consciousness style, Faulkner’s books remain sadly unknown to many readers. 

In Simply Faulkner, author Philip Weinstein not only helps us understand these challenging works, but also explains why Faulkner had to write them as he did, in an effort to capture the sheer abundance and unruliness of life. Further, in his exploration of the author’s own colorful life—including decades of working for a film industry he despised—Weinstein reveals a fascinating connection between Faulkner’s troubled personal biography and his groundbreaking fiction.

The goal of Simply Faulkner is not to simplify the author, but, rather, to create a framework that allows us to comprehend him in his own idiosyncratic way. It strives to show us the real Faulkner—warts and complications and all—and to demonstrate why his brilliant masterpieces still speak to us in a deeply meaningful way.

Philip Weinstein taught at Harvard University and later at Swarthmore College where, since 1990, he has been Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English. Past president of the William Faulkner Society (2000-2003), he has written three books on Faulkner: The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (1995), What Else But Love? (1996),...
Title:Simply FaulknerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.28 inPublished:July 18, 2016Publisher:Simply CharlyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943657076

ISBN - 13:9781943657070


Table of Contents

Praise for Simply Faulkner Other Great Lives Titles Series Editor's Foreword PrefaceWilliam Faulkner1. Introduction2. Stumbling into Fame3. Flight and Fall4. "Go slow now"5. Hollywood and Heartbreak6. Alcohol and AccoladesSuggested Reading About the Author AfterwordA Note on the Type

Editorial Reviews

"As Philip Weinstein suggests, there is no better way to begin than by plunging into the work of William Faulkner. But it's immensely useful to have at one's elbow a knowledgeable guide, and there is none better than Weinstein. He himself is a brilliant writer-clear, concrete, smart, suggestive-and this short book represents an ideal introduction to the major work of America's most important modern author. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Faulkner."-Jay Parini, author of One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner and Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal"Philip Weinstein's newest book on William Faulkner o ers a rich, compact discussion of Faulkner's life and work that will engage both new readers and those who are familiar with the writing of the most important novelist of 20th century America. Clarity and penetrating insight are combined in Simply Faulkner to move through Faulkner's complexity in order to discern the speci cities and magnitude of his achievement. This is a book for every reader of Faulkner's ction."-Patrick O'Donnell, Professor of Twentieth and Twenty- First Century British and American Literature, Michigan State University"Philip Weinstein's concise Faulkner biography is a wonder of compression and interpretation of the Mississippi writer's creative life. It demonstrates the fruits of the author's career-long devotion to insightful readings of Faulkner's works. Weinstein's well-deserved reputation as a scholar, critic, and excellent writer is manifest on every page."-Thomas McHaney, Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature Emeritus, Georgia State University