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Writing to American poet Malcolm Cowley in 1949, William Faulkner expressed his desire to be identified in basic terms via his books. He could pass directly to win the Nobel Prize for literature a number of months later, and while he died well-known in 1962, his biographers instantly started to unveil and dissect the sad lifetime of "the little guy from Mississippi." regardless of the numerous works released approximately Faulkner, his lifestyles and profession, it continues to be a secret how a poet of sweet sixteen symbolist poems rooted within the background of the Deep South grew to become one of many maximum novelists of the 20th century. the following, well known critic André Bleikasten revisits Faulkner’s biography in the course of the author’s literary mind's eye. Weaving jointly correspondence and archival study with the smooth literary research for which he's identified, Bleikasten provides a multi-strand account of Faulkner’s existence in writing. by means of rigorously preserving either the biographical and inventive lives in hand, Bleikasten teases out threads that hold the reader throughout the significant occasions in Faulkner’s existence, emphasizing these situations that mattered so much to his writing: the burden of his multi-generational kinfolk historical past within the South; the formation of his oppositional temperament provoked by means of a resistance to Southern bourgeois propriety; his inventive and sexual restlessness and uncertainty; his lifelong fight with funds and alcohol; his paradoxical get away to the bondages of Hollywood; and his ultimate bent towards self-destruction. this can be the tale of the fellow who wrote undying works and lived in and during his novels.

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