A William Faulkner Encyclopedia by Robert W. Hamblin, Charles Peek

By Robert W. Hamblin, Charles Peek

Sometimes referred to as the yank Shakespeare, William Faulkner is understood for delivering poignant and actual renderings of the human , making a international of colourful characters in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, and writing in a method that's either particular and critical. although he's referred to as a Southern author, his attraction transcends neighborhood or even nationwide limitations. due to the fact that profitable the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, he has been the topic of greater than 5,000 scholarly books and articles. educational curiosity in his occupation has been matched by means of renowned acclaim, with a few of his works tailored for the cinema. This reference is an authoritative consultant to Faulkner's lifestyles, literature, and legacy.

The encyclopedia comprises approximately 500 alphabetically prepared entries for themes on the topic of Faulkner and his international. incorporated are entries for his works and significant characters and issues, in addition to the literary and cultural contexts within which his texts have been conceived, written, and released. There also are entries for family members, associates, and different people very important to Faulkner's biography; ancient occasions, folks, and areas; social and cultural advancements; and literary and philosophical phrases and pursuits. The entries are written via professional members who deliver a huge diversity of views and adventure to their research of his paintings. Entries as a rule finish with feedback for additional examining, and the amount closes with a bibliography and distinct index.

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Can an artist be an artist and have a home, or must an artist be homeless and ultimately dead? Similarly, what is an artist when he is home— what is left of art when stripped of its ideal or commercial value? In the end, the conflict between art and life that the story dramatizes seems diminished in the story’s own self-consciousness. One believes as little in Roger’s life with his wife or his children, who are conveniently away, as in the value of the story he writes about his wife and Blair’s affair; and Blair’s breakthrough poem, written on a menu and published posthumously, seems as much a parody of art as his standing in the rain looking up at Anne’s window and his recollection of his dead mother’s sherbet seem a parody of love and loss.

Studies in Bibliography 33 (1980): 254–263. Arthur Wilhelm ART. See Visual Arts. ‘‘ARTIST AT HOME,’’ a short story by Faulkner, was first published in Story in 1933 and reprinted in Collected Stories. It tells the story of novelist Roger Howes, a ‘‘fattish, mild, nondescript man of forty,’’ who, having sold a book in New York, moves to Virginia and, against the wishes and better judgment of 20 AS I LAY DYING his wife Anne, opens his home to failed or would-be artists. One of the visitors, poet John Blair, falls in love with Anne, giving both himself and Roger something to write about.

Hamblin B BAIRD, HELEN. William Faulkner seems immediately to have fallen in love with Helen Baird upon first meeting her in 1925 at a party in the French Quarter. They saw each other over the next few years both in New Orleans and Pascagoula, Mississippi. Although Helen was fond of him, she rejected his proposal for marriage. In addition to dedicating Mosquitoes to her, Faulkner created at least two gift books for Helen, composing the texts, writing them in ornate handwriting, and illustrating one, an allegory called Mayday (1926), with ink drawings and watercolors.

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