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This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1985 corrected text and is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Backgrounds and Contexts#xE2;#x80;#x9D; is divided into three sections, each of which includes a concise introduction by Michael Gorra that carefully frames the issues presented, with particular attention to As I Lay Dying#xE2;#x80;#x99;s place in Faulkner#xE2;#x80;#x99;s literary life. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Contemporary Reception#xE2;#x80;#x9D; reprints American, English, and French reviews by Clifton Fadiman, Henry Nash Smith, Edwin Muir, and Maurice Coindreau, among others, along with Valery Larbaud#xE2;#x80;#x99;s never-before-translated preface to the first French edition of the novel. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;The Writer and His Work#xE2;#x80;#x9D; examines Faulkner#xE2;#x80;#x99;s claim to have written the novel in six weeks without changing a word. It includes his comments on the book#xE2;#x80;#x99;s composition along with his later thoughts on and changing opinions of it, sample pages from the manuscript, his Nobel Prize address, and the little-known short story in which he first used the title. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Cultural Context#xE2;#x80;#x9D; reprints an essay by Carson McCullers and an excerpt from James Agee#xE2;#x80;#x99;s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men along with other materials that address questions of Southern Agrarianism and the Southern grotesque. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Criticism#xE2;#x80;#x9D; begins with the editor#xE2;#x80;#x99;s introduction to As I Lay Dying#xE2;#x80;#x99;s critical history and scholarly reception. Eleven major essays are provided by Olga W. Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Calvin Bedient, Andr#xC3;#xA9; Bleikasten, Eric Sundquist, Stephen M. Ross, Doreen Fowler, Patrick O#xE2;#x80;#x99;Donnell, Richard Gray, John Limon, and Donald M. Kartiganer. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
Table of Contents
|Note on the Text|
|The Text of As I Lay Dying|
|Backgrounds and Contexts|
|Beside Addie's Coffin|
|Literature and Less|
|Morbidity in Fiction|
|A Troubled Vision|
|The School of Cruelty|
|"Preface" to Tandis que j'agonise|
|From New Novels|
|The Writer and His Work|
|As I Lay Dying|
|Introduction to the Modern Library edition of Sanctuary|
|An Introduction for The Sound and the Fury|
|Address upon Receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature|
|The Paris Review Interview|
|Class Conferences at the University of Virginia|
|Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi [Map]|
|Sample pages from the manuscript and carbon typescript of As I Lay Dying|
|The Russian Realists and Southern Literature|
|The Hind Tit|
|The Gudger House|
|From Pills, Petticoats and Plows: The Southern Country Store|
|Thirty-Sixth Biennial Report of the Mississippi State Insane Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi. From July 1, 1925 to June 30, 1927|
|The Dimension of Consciousness|
|Odyssey of the Bundrens|
|Pride and Nakedness: As I Lay Dying|
|Death, Grief, Analogous Form: As I Lay Dying|
|Matricide and the Mother's Revenge: As I Lay Dying|
|Between the Family and the State: Nomadism and Authority in As I Lay Dying|
|A Southern Carnival|
|Addie in No Man's Land|
|"By It I Would Stand or Fall": Life and Death in As I Lay Dying|
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