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On The Prejudices, Predilections, and Firm Beliefs of William Faulkner.

By: Brooks, Cleanth.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Southern Literary Studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 1987Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (177 p.).ISBN: 9780807149447.Subject(s): Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Political and social views | Literature and society -- Southern States -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: On The Prejudices, Predilections, and Firm Beliefs of William FaulknerDDC classification: 810.9975 | 813/.52 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Preface; Faulkner and the Fugitive-Agrarians; Faulkner''s Ultimate Values; Faulkner and the Community; Faulkner''s Early Attempts at the Short Story; Faulkner''s Two Cities; Faulkner''s "Motherless" Children; Faulkner''s Women: Light in August and The Hamlet; Gavin Stevens and the Chivalric Tradition; The British Reception of Faulkner; Faulkner and Christianity; Faulkner and the American Dream; Faulkner and History; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary: It seems appropriate, if not inevitable, that one of our best critics should be the foremost authority on one of our best novelists. Cleanth Brooks, the author of three seminal studies of William Faulkner, has been a serious student of that master craftsman's fiction for more than four decades. In this new collection, Brooks considers many of the important characteristics of Faulkner's work. He focuses more specifically than he has in the past on certain questions and in some instances offers rebuttals to what he considered unfair assessments of Faulkner. In the first essay, Brooks challenges the notion that Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, and other members of the Fugitive-Agrarian movement at Vanderbilt University were slow to recognize Faulkner's achievements. Indeed, Brooks provides clear evidence not only that the Fugitives were early supporters of Faulkner but that Faulkner and the Fugitives shared many concerns and ideas about their region. Brooks also writes about Faulkner's personal beliefs and demonstrates how the virtues Faulkner held in highest esteem-such as courage and honor-are embodied in his fiction. In two essays, "Faulkner and the Community" and "Faulkner's Two Cities," Brooks analyzes the importance of a closely knit world-specifically the hill region of north Mississippi and the cities of Memphis and New Orleans-to Faulkner's works.Brooks considers Faulkner's serious regard for the chivalric tradition, as well as his amusement in Gavin Stevens' exemplification of it in Intruder in the Dust and Requiem for a Nun. Faulkner's treatment of women characters, especially in Light in August and The Hamlet, is discussed, as are his ideas about the American Dream.These essays are vintage Brooks. The prose is, as always, felicitous, the manner modest and winning, the thought pertinent and rigorous. Despite the thematic diversity of the essays, the emphasis is ultimately the same: reading and rereading the novels of William Faulkner is a continuing pleasure and an enduring challenge.
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Cover; Contents; Preface; Faulkner and the Fugitive-Agrarians; Faulkner''s Ultimate Values; Faulkner and the Community; Faulkner''s Early Attempts at the Short Story; Faulkner''s Two Cities; Faulkner''s "Motherless" Children; Faulkner''s Women: Light in August and The Hamlet; Gavin Stevens and the Chivalric Tradition; The British Reception of Faulkner; Faulkner and Christianity; Faulkner and the American Dream; Faulkner and History; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

It seems appropriate, if not inevitable, that one of our best critics should be the foremost authority on one of our best novelists. Cleanth Brooks, the author of three seminal studies of William Faulkner, has been a serious student of that master craftsman's fiction for more than four decades. In this new collection, Brooks considers many of the important characteristics of Faulkner's work. He focuses more specifically than he has in the past on certain questions and in some instances offers rebuttals to what he considered unfair assessments of Faulkner. In the first essay, Brooks challenges the notion that Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, and other members of the Fugitive-Agrarian movement at Vanderbilt University were slow to recognize Faulkner's achievements. Indeed, Brooks provides clear evidence not only that the Fugitives were early supporters of Faulkner but that Faulkner and the Fugitives shared many concerns and ideas about their region. Brooks also writes about Faulkner's personal beliefs and demonstrates how the virtues Faulkner held in highest esteem-such as courage and honor-are embodied in his fiction. In two essays, "Faulkner and the Community" and "Faulkner's Two Cities," Brooks analyzes the importance of a closely knit world-specifically the hill region of north Mississippi and the cities of Memphis and New Orleans-to Faulkner's works.Brooks considers Faulkner's serious regard for the chivalric tradition, as well as his amusement in Gavin Stevens' exemplification of it in Intruder in the Dust and Requiem for a Nun. Faulkner's treatment of women characters, especially in Light in August and The Hamlet, is discussed, as are his ideas about the American Dream.These essays are vintage Brooks. The prose is, as always, felicitous, the manner modest and winning, the thought pertinent and rigorous. Despite the thematic diversity of the essays, the emphasis is ultimately the same: reading and rereading the novels of William Faulkner is a continuing pleasure and an enduring challenge.

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Cleanth Brooks was born in Murray, Kentucky on October 16, 1906. He was educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford universities. From 1932 to 1947, he taught English at Louisiana State University and then moved on to Yale University. At Yale, he helped to articulate the principles of New Criticism, which dominated literary studies in the 1940s and 1950s. He coedited the journal Southern Review with Robert Penn Warren. He also wrote several titles in collaboration with Warren, including Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction. A third work Understanding Drama was written in collaboration with Robert Heilman. His other works included The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry and Modern Poetry and the Tradition. He died on May 10, 1994. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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