The Sound And The Fury
by William Faulkner
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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With an introduction by Richard Hughes since the first drama was created on its publication in 1929, The Noise and Fury was considered one of the leading novels of this century.Representing the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives, Noise and Fury explores intense, passionate, passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centeredness.In his heart, it is a novel about constancy -‘ only an idiot has no sorrow; it would be foolish to forget it’.What else is there in this world strong enough to stick to your gut.Born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Faulkner’s son was the son of a family proud of their leading role in southern history.He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and left school at the age of 15 to work for his grandfather’s bank.Rejected by the American army in 1915, he joined the Canadian flyers with the RAF, but was in training at the end of the war.Returning home he studied at the University of Mississippi and visited Europe briefly in 1925.His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919.His first book of poems and early novels followed, but his most important work began with the publication of Noise and Fury in 1929.As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), August Light (1932), Absalom, Absalom, August Light (1932)(1936) and Les Palmiers Sauvages (1939) are the main works of his creativity period leading to Intruder in Dust (1948)During the 1930s, he worked in Hollywood on screenplays for the cinema, including Le Bleu de la Lampe, co-written with Raymond Chandler.William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Reivers just before his death in July 1962.
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