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Faulkner's Short Fiction
by James Ferguson
University of Tennessee Press, 1991
Paper: 978-1-62190-306-2 | Cloth: 978-0-87049-695-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3511.A86Z78323 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

This critical guide to William Faulkner's short fiction also provides a history of Faulkner's development from an apprentice writer of short stories into a novelist who is a master of his craft. The author presents a balanced assessment of Faulkner's strengths and weaknesses as a writer of short stories. While praising Faulkner for his extraordinary range and diversity, vivid imagination, energy, and inventiveness, he proceeds to analyze Faulkner's technical weaknesses, e.g., uneven handling of point of view, treatment of plot, narrative strategies, and difficulty with the short story form. The concluding chapter discusses the complex relation of Faulkner's short fiction to the novels. Story excerpts, Faulkner's comments on the craft of writing, and interesting comparisons with Hemingway, Chekhov, and others are included. An important work on a subject that has received insufficient attention; recommended for American literature collections.
-Lesley Jorbin, Cleveland State Univ. Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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