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By Joseph R. Urgo

Although he spent the majority of his existence in Oxford, Mississippi-far faraway from the highbrow facilities of modernism and the writers who created it-William Faulkner (1897-1962) proved to be one of many American novelists who such a lot comprehensively grasped modernism. In his fiction he verified its tenets within the such a lot startling and insightful methods.

What, then, did such contemporaries as Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, and Walker Evans reflect on his paintings? How did his instances have an effect on and settle for what he wrote?

Faulkner and His Contemporaries explores the connection among the Nobel laureate, ensconced in his "postage stamp of local soil," and the area of letters in which he created his masterpieces.

during this anthology, essays specialise in such issues as how Faulkner's literary antecedents (in specific, Willa Cather and Joseph Conrad) motivated his writing, his literary/aesthetic feud with rival Ernest Hemingway, and the typical topics he stocks with fellow southerners Welty and Evans.

numerous essays learn the surroundings within which Faulkner labored. Deborah Clarke concentrates at the upward thrust of the car undefined. W. Kenneth Holditch exhibits how town of latest Orleans acted as an important strength in Faulkner's fiction, and charm Elizabeth Hale examines how the civil rights period of Faulkner's later occupation pressured him to accommodate his principles approximately race and uprising in new ways.

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