The Short Stories

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The Short Stories

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marraskuu 19, 2009, 11:54 am

I am presuming, Todd, I know it. Can someone other than you and The Leader, May He Be Blessed Forever, start new threads?

If you allow it, I would suggest that the short stories are masterful and need to be discussed separately from the novels.

Here is an excerpt from "A Rose for Emily":

...The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.

We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will. ...

marraskuu 19, 2009, 2:12 pm

This is an amazing story. Very WF.

marraskuu 22, 2009, 11:48 pm

I remember reading "A Rose for Emily" in my high school English class and actually liking it. Great Gatsby ... not so much. The story has a great ending that appealed to my love for Edgar Allan Poe I also enjoyed the concept of the town as a first person narrator, literally embodying Gossip as a personage.

helmikuu 4, 2010, 3:00 pm

Faulkner's short stories are also being discussed here if anyone's interested.

joulukuu 18, 2010, 11:54 am

I read the story Wash earlier in the year, wow. Then this week decided to read a short story a day - last one was Two Soldiers, so still a long way to go and I did miss last night -- but am loving those I have read so far.

joulukuu 24, 2010, 11:51 am

It should be noted that there are the Collected Stories and the Uncollected Stories by Faulkner

tammikuu 1, 2011, 10:07 am

Yes, thanks, I had forgotten that I knew that. The plan is the collected short stories, the rest of the novels and then maybe those uncollected. Could be a plan for a lifetime or who knows, perhaps I will get organised and focused.

The short story plan was going well -- i finsihed the country section then had a break. Those stories were wonderful and not all as traumatic as Wash or the sound and the fury, just wonderful stries. My favourite might have ben two soldiers, but not sure its right to use the word favourite. My leats favourite was shall not perish - but then i read it late at night when I was tired and I just reread it and liked it more. And have now just finished A rose for Emily, very about to check out the turn of phrase thread, there were soem in a rose for emily that really got me.

marraskuu 13, 2011, 11:05 pm

This is a question regarding Three Famous Short Novels -- "Spotted Horses", "Old Man", and "The Bear" are packaged together. Yet each short novel appears in a different volume: "Old Man" in Wild Palms, etc. Why is this? Granted, Faulkner was prolific, but is this volume simply a shameless cash-in or was there something else at work?

kesäkuu 2, 2014, 10:43 pm

I've recently read Flags in the Dust, The Unvanquished and Sanctuary. I'd like to read short stories that feature the Sartoris and Benbow families. So far I've found "All the Dead Soldiers", "There was a Queen", and "My Grandmother Millard". Can anyone direct me to other stories featuring these families?

heinäkuu 12, 2014, 9:52 am

Sorry I didn't see this post earlier. It sounds like you've been on a Faulkner reading streak, so maybe you've discovered some of this yourself now.

Colonel John Sartoris appears, or is at least referred to, in many of Faulkner's novels, including The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, The Hamlet, Go Down, Moses, Requiem for a Nun (where you'll, The Town, The Mansion, and The Reivers. He is also to be found in the stories "Barn Burning," "Shall Not Perish," and "The Bear" (which is part of Go Down, Moses, but often published alone in collections of short fiction.) The Benbows are less ubiquitous, but Narcissa appears in The Town (and possibly The Mansion, although I haven't re-read that one in 40 years. The Compsons and the Snopeses are two more Faulkner families that populate his fiction. Once you get started, it's hard to stop. (And why would you?)