Absalom Absalom

Author: William Faulkner

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"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." --William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner's epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." From the Trade Paperback edition.

William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

In this collection Fred Hobson has brought together eight of the most stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-year span which approach the novel both formally and historically.

Author: Fred C. Hobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195154789

Category: Literary Criticism

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Absalom, Absalom! has long been seen as one of William Faulkner's supreme creations, as well as one of the leading American novels of the twentieth century. In this collection Fred Hobson has brought together eight of the most stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-year span which approach the novel both formally and historically. Here are critical responses by Cleanth Brooks, John Irwin, Thadious Davis, and Eric Sundquist, as well as four essays published in the last decade. The casebook concludes with Faulkner's own remarks on the novel, delivered in a discussion with students at the University of Virginia. What emerges from all the selections is a rich and suggestive treatment of a work which Faulkner himself called "the best novel yet written by an American" and a less biased critic has called "the greatest American novel of the century... joining Moby-Dick and Huckleberry Finn at the pinnacle of American fiction."

Absalom Absalom MAXNotes Literature Guides

Historical Background Absalom , Absalom ! was published in 1936 , halfway
through William Faulkner's long career . The novel is set against the backdrop of
the American South from about 30 years before the Civil War , when Mississippi
was ...

Author: Carol Johnson

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738673110

Category: Study Aids

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REA's MAXnotes for William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

( in part ) Twentieth Century Interpretations of Absalom , Absalom ! Ed . Arnold
Goldman . Englewood Cliffs , New Jersey : Prentice - Hall , 1971 , pp . 32 – 41 . A
comparison of The Mayor of Casterbridge and Absalom , Absalom ! . The
richness ...

Author: Kathleen Paparchontis



Category: Families in literature

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Absalom Absalom

does not prevent the narrator from telling of Absalom's end as a story with
moments of complication, retardation, and resolution. The narrator's interest is
clearly in Absalom's end and even more in the effect this has on David, while the
battle ...

Author: Charles Conroy

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876530814

Category: Religion

Page: 191

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The present work is a reprint of a work first published in this series in 1978 in response to a number of requests. Based on a doctoral dissertation consisting of a close analytical reading of 2 Samuel 13:1–20, 22, this book concentrates on the pericopes 13:1–22 and 17:24, which the author argues serve to exemplify the type of reading used for the material as a whole.

Absalom Absalom

This concordance to Absalom , Absalom ! is based on the corrected text
published in New York by Random House ( 1986 ) . Variant readings listed in the
concordance come from the typescript setting copy , galley proofs , and
manuscript , and ...

Author: Noel Polk


ISBN: 9780835708647

Category: Families in literature

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William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

The Gothicism of Absalom , Absalom !: Rosa Coldfield Revisited . ” In “ A Cosmos
of My Own " : Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha , 1980 , edited by Doreen Fowler
and Ann J. Abadie , 199–226 . Jackson : University Press of Mississippi , 1981 .

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 157

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A collection of critical essays on Faulkner's novel "Absalom, Absalom!" arranged in chronological order of publication.

Faulkner s Absalom Absalom and Interpretability

In this respect , two articles are interesting : " The Tragic Design of Absalom ,
Absalom ! " by Walter Sullivan and " The Epic Design of Absalom , Absalom ! " by
James H . justus . The difference between the two papers is in the awareness of
the ...

Author: Christine de Montauzon

Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Company Ag


Category: Families in literature.

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All rich pieces of literature may elicit a great number of interpretations. The originality of Absalom, Absalom! lies in the nature of its -openness-: this novel responds to and ultimately defeats any and all critical efforts at interpretive closure. Using Piaget's cognitive operations of assimilation-accomodation, the critic applies them to mimetic illusion and verisimilitude, stylistic and linguistic analysis, mythical and archetypal decipherings, psychoanalytic orientations and diverse structural readings: The only meaning achievable is the sense of an impossibility of achieving meaning. Absalom marks the high point in Faulkner's career, when he let his writing power and obsession probe to the inner limits of the -prison house- of language: Absalom is a doomed work where the man cries out his failure or as M. Blanchet says beautifully -le ravissement d'une douleur-."

William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

The following discussions come the closest to specific analyses of the
interpretation of the past in Absalom, Absalom!: Ilse Lind, “The Design and
Meaning of Absalom, Absalom!,” in William Faulkner: Three Decades of Criticism,
edited with an ...

Author: Elisabeth Muhlenfeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351379682

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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Originally published in 1984. William Faulkner is the most studied American author of our time. This volume presents a collection of some of the best critical essays on William Faulkner’s ninth novel Absalom, Absalom!. Numerous approaches are represented; among them are theme studies, close readings, psychological studies, source studies, structural studies, and analyses of style and narrative technique.

A Study Guide for William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

Published in 1936, Absalom, Absalom! is considered by many to be William
Faulkner's masterpiece. Although the novel's complex and fragmented structure
poses considerable difficulty to readers, the book's literary merits place it
squarely in ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410339246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 28

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A Study Guide for William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Absalom Absalom

Author: William Faulkner

Publisher: New York : Modern Library


Category: Domestic fiction

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The story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." Faulkner's classic story ... is now available in a corrected text Vintage Edition.

Sutpen s White Women in W Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

For me, the novel is not a difficult one: It is demanding and gives you, as a reader, the opportunity to activate all of your background information and ideas concerning a story about the South.

Author: Julia Klewin

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 363892999X


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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, University of Wuppertal, course: American Historical Novels, 9 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: William Faulkner's novel Absalom, Absalom! is often proclaimed to be one of his best writings no matter how hard and difficult the first glance seems to be. After I had finished Faulkner's "masterwork" (Dimino 181), I decided at once to choose it for my term paper. For me, the novel is not a difficult one: It is demanding and gives you, as a reader, the opportunity to activate all of your background information and ideas concerning a story about the South. Of course, it is not a kind of book you can 'look through' at one day on your vacation, but it is hugely eventful that you could read it again and again without loosing interest. The more often you spend some time with Absalom, Absalom!, the more you will find out about the plot's hints and ideas. This term paper concentrates on Thomas Sutpen's three white women, namely Rosa Coldfield, Ellen Coldfield Sutpen and Judith Sutpen. To be examined are their roles in the novel, their relationship to Sutpen and their femininity or gender respectively. The interpretation of Rosa will be the largest one, because she gives the reader as a narrator more information than the other females. After a short overview of Absalom, Absalom!, I begin every analysis of the single white female characters with a short introduction of their biography and status, before I describe more detailed aspects and facets of their functions in the story. Because the novel itself is full of useful passages that have to be interpreted and questioned, I have decided to limit the secondary literature for this term paper in order to stay close to the book as much as possible. My research in the internet did not turn out to be useful for this term paper. What perhaps might be true in Absalom, Absalom! One absolute important aspect which should

Old Testament history arranged in lessons by M T Yates

David mourned for his son , crying out , “ O my son Absalom , would God I had
died for thee ! ” Absalom . - Absalom , the son of David , slevo Amnon , his half -
brother , for ill - treating their sister Tamar . He then fled for fear of David ' s anger

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The Parallel Bible

15 ^r And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and
Ahithophel with him. 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's
friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, * God save the ...






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Absalom Absalom

Author: James L. Roberts


ISBN: 9780822070009

Category: Families in literature

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Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner wrote about the conflicts of the human heart. In this book, the reader follows protagonist Henry Sutpen through the vast array of moral and psychological choices that humans encounter in the problematic modern world. This epic story elevated Faulkner to literary giant status.

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Begun in February 1934 and published in October 1936, Absalom represents Faulkner's greatest artistic achievement. As Faulkner often said, the novel was difficult to write.

Author: John Robert Strawn




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This study traces the composition of William Faulkner's ninth novel, Absalom, Absalom! Begun in February 1934 and published in October 1936, Absalom represents Faulkner's greatest artistic achievement. As Faulkner often said, the novel was difficult to write. Yet the book did not solely present artistic challenges, for as my "biography" of Absalom reveals, Faulkner also had to confront taxing personal and career problems during these turbulent years. In writing my account of Faulkner's composition of Absalom, I have incorporated the most important events in Faulkner's life as they relate to the book's history. Faulkner was a committed modernist, and from the late 1920s to mid 1930s, he proved to be America's most intrepid and experimental novelist, having developed a cosmopolitan aesthetic that he fully realizes in Absalom . He drew from multiple tributary texts, and I detail the extent to which Faulkner used previously written material and took it in daring new directions. Faulkner was also acutely aware of his own historicity and the extent to which his personal past was deeply involved with that of the Mississippi South, which he saw as marked by defeat but fatally flawed from within. This study explores the process by which Faulkner thematized his region's most fundamental tensions in Absalom, using narrative and aesthetic techniques that mark Faulkner as a preeminent innovator within the genre. While I incorporate biographies of Faulkner and such critical tools as the writer "authorizes," my primary emphasis is on tributary texts, manuscripts, revisions, the typescript setting copy, the first edition, and the 1986 corrected text of Absalom, Absalom! In addition, Faulkner's correspondence and lectures offer important research evidence. The final effect of the study is a fuller and richer account of the writing of this literary masterpiece than has been previously attempted.

William Faulkner

Absalom , Absalom !, in my opinion the greatest of Faulkner's novels , is probably
the least well understood of all his ... Eliot remarked long ago , is to communicate
before it is understood ; and Absalom , Absalom ! passes this test triumphantly .

Author: Cleanth Brooks

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807116012

Category: Literary Criticism

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Hailed by critics and scholars as the most valuable study of Faulkner's fiction, Cleanth Brooks's William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country explores the Mississippi writer's fictional county and the commanding role it played in so much of his work. Brooks shows that Faulkner's strong attachment to his region, with its rich particularity and deep sense of community, gave him a special vantage point from which to view the modern world.Books's consideration of such novels as Light in August, The Unvanquished, As I Lay Dying, and Intruder in the Dust shows the ways in which Faulkner used Yoknapatawpha County to examine the characteristic themes of the twentieth century. Contending that a complete understanding of Faulkner's writing cannot be had without a thorough grasp of fictional detail, Brooks gives careful attention to "what happens: In the Yoknapatawpha novels. He also includes useful genealogies of Faulkner's fictional clans and a character index.

The Imperial Bible Dictionary

Such, in the actual state of things, were tho elements of evil fermenting around
Absalom, by skilfully working on winch he might hope to make his way to the
throne. Ho resolved to throw himself into the vortex, and to become — as we find
from ...

Author: Patrick Fairbairn



Category: Religion


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American Literature in Belgium

Shreve MacCannnon , the fourth narrator in Absalom , Absalom !, has often
puzzled critics . Of course , the manner of presentation used by Faulkner in the
Cambridge ...

Author: Gilbert Debusscher

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789062038893

Category: Literary Criticism

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Faulkner s Revision of Absalom Absalom

Author: Gerald Langford

Publisher: Austin : University of Texas


Category: Historical fiction, American

Page: 362

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