Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
Three Famous Short Novels
Spotted Horses / Old Man / The Bear
Paperback ISBN: 0307946754
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” —William Faulkner These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner, each representative of his work as a whole. Spotted Horses is a hilarious account of a horse auction, and pits the “cold practicality” of women against the boyish folly of men. Old Man is something of an adventure story. When a flood ravages the countryside of the lower Mississippi, a convict finds himself adrift with a pregnant woman. And The Bear, perhaps his best known shorter work, is the story of a boy’s coming to terms wit the adult world. By learning how to hunt, the boy is taught the real meaning of pride, humility, and courage.
Paperback ISBN: 0307946819
This is the second volume of Faulkner’s trilogy about the Snopes family, his symbol for the grasping, destructive element in the post-bellum South. Like its predecessor, The Hamlet, and its successor, The Mansion, The Town is completely self-contained, but it gains resonance from being read with the other two. The story of Flem Snopes’s ruthless struggle to take over the town of Jefferson, Mississippi, the book is rich in typically Faulknerian episodes of humor and profundity.
Light in August
The Corrected Text
Hardcover ISBN: 067964248x
In a novel about hopeless perseverance in the face of mortality, guileless Lena Grove searches for the father of her unborn child, Reverend Hightower is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and drifter Joe Christmas is consumed by his mixed ancestry. 10,000 first printing.
A Summer of Faulkner
As I Lay Dying/ The Sound and the Fury/ Light in August
Paperback ISBN: 0307275329
Presents three novels, including "As I Lay Dying," in which the Bundren family journeys across Mississippi to bury their mother, "The Sound and the Fury," in which Caddy Compson's story is narrated by her three brothers, and "Light in August," in which the lives of several characters intersect in a small Mississippi town.