Absalom Absalom

This postbellum Greek tragedy is the perfect introduction to Faulkner’s elaborate descriptive syntax.

Author: William Faulkner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496309

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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This postbellum Greek tragedy is the perfect introduction to Faulkner’s elaborate descriptive syntax. Quentin Compson and Shreve, his Harvard roommate, are obsessed with the tragic rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen. As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a black butler. From then on, he was determined to force his way into the upper echelons of Southern society. His relentless will ensures his ambitions are soon realised; land, marriage, children, his own troop to fight in the Civil War... but Sutpen returns from the conflict to find his estate in ruins and his family collapsing. Secrets from his own past threaten to ruin the lives of his children and destroy everything he has worked for.

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 Hobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195303431

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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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

Page: 115

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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

This archetype of the brother who must kill to protect or avenge the honor of his
sister pervades Absalom, Absalom! It occurs, first of all, in the very title of the
novel. In the Old Testament (2 Sam. 13), Absalom, one of David's sons, kills his ...

Author: Fred C. Hobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195154789

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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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

Among his greatest achievements , Absalom , Absalom ! is considered one of his
masterpieces . Faulkner took the title for this novel from the Old Testament of the
Bible . The story of King David and Absalom is concerned with a son who revolts
 ...

Author: James L. Roberts

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780822001102

Category: Study Aids

Page: 58

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Notes on William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! Including an introduction to the novel, list of characters, commentaries, character analyses, and review questions.

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780835708647

Category: Families in literature

Page: 1012

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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.

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

ISBN:

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.

Absalom Absalom and the Curse of Inherited Fictions

Rollyson , Carl Jr. " The Re - creation of the Past in Absalom , Absalom ! "
Mississippi Quarterly , 29 , No. 3 ( 1976 ) , 361-374 . Rovit , Earl . " Faulkner ,
Hemingway , and the American Family . " Mississippi Quarterly , 29 , No. 4 ( 1976
) ...

Author: Ellen Ruth Rifkin

Publisher:

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Page: 374

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Absalom Absalom

Author: William Faulkner

Publisher: Starbooks Classics

ISBN:

Category: African Americans

Page: 378

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The story of an old Southern tragedy which befalls the Sutpen family. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Absalom Absalom Typescript Setting Copy and Miscellaneous Material

It was published in Harper ' s for February 1934 , and later incorporated into
Absalom . The fifth block of material , that involving Quentin Compson and
selected parts of the Compson family and family history , was , of course ,
borrowed from ...

Author: William Faulkner

Publisher: Facsimiles-Garl

ISBN:

Category: Historical fiction, American

Page: 487

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The story of an old Southern tragedy which befalls the Sutpen family. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

Author: Kathleen Paparchontis

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Families in literature

Page: 222

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Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! offers a close examination and interpretation of the novel.

Author: Joseph R. Urgo

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604734355

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Absalom, Absalom! has long been regarded as one of William Faulkner's most difficult, dense, and multilayered novels. It is, on one level, 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." On another level, the book narrates the tragedy that befalls the entire Sutpen family and that tragedy's legacy that continues well into the twentieth century and beyond. The novel's intricate, demanding prose style, and its haunting dramatization of the South's intricate, demanding history make it a masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature. Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! offers a close examination and interpretation of the novel. Here difficult words and cultural terms that might prove to be a problem for general readers are explained and keyed to page numbers in the definitive Faulkner text (Library of America and Vintage editions). The authors place Faulkner's novel in its historical context, while also connecting it to his other works.

Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

Line by line analyses of critical portions of the novel reveal its subtleties to the reader. The explanation points out the intentional gaps and spaces in the story that invite reader participation as to what happened.

Author: John P. Anderson

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581125720

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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This non-academic author, a retired lawyer, brings William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! to life as uncertainty in Dixie. He traces Faulkner's portrait of the efforts of Thomas Sutpen to create a family dynasty in wealth and community respect and of Rosa Coldfield to revenge Sutpen's treatment of her as a mere reproduction tool. Both efforts are analyzed as life sterilizers inevitably doomed to failure by the uncertainties in life and as examples of the tension between control of the future and love, a choice Faulkner had to make in his own personal life. Line by line analyses of critical portions of the novel reveal its subtleties to the reader. The explanation points out the intentional gaps and spaces in the story that invite reader participation as to what happened. This author gives you his interpretation. You are invited to create your own version of what "really" happened in this archetypal setting in Faulkner's famous Jefferson, Mississippi.

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: 3638017877

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 17

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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 be kept in mind during entire the novel is the fact that nothing actually is a fact. When you think you are done with Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, you suddenly realize that every detail of the plot has to be questioned and rethought. In Absalom, Absalom!, the reader comes across three or rather four narrators: Starting with Rosa Coldfield, Faulkner introduces furthermore Mr. Compson who passes over his father’s stories about his friend Thomas Sutpen in Yoknapatawpha County and the roommates at the Harvard dormitory, Quentin Compson and Shrevlin McCannon. As it would not be enough, two totally different settings move the detailed hints about the plot even more apart from each other.

Faulkner s Revision of Absalom Absalom

Portions of the original handwritten version of the story are collated, line by line, with corresponding sections of the published version. In an introductory discussion the major changes are analyzed and evaluated.

Author: Gerald Langford

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292769040

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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Faulkner’s Revision of Absalom, Absalom! is a study of the creative process as exemplified in one of the major achievements in twentieth-century fiction. Portions of the original handwritten version of the story are collated, line by line, with corresponding sections of the published version. In an introductory discussion the major changes are analyzed and evaluated. It is particularly interesting to observe Faulkner revising not only his choice of words and the construction of his sentences but also the central design of the story. Most notably, he changed his mind about having it known from the beginning that Charles Bon was Sutpen’s part-Negro son, and he developed Quentin Compson into the pivotal figure who finally supplies this missing piece of information. In the process of revision Absalom, Absalom! became a kind of detective story, and the reader is forced to join the quest and participate in the undertaking which is the basic subject of the book—the human attempt to comprehend and deal with the past. To trace the process of this revision is to experience a sharp focusing of theme and to witness a demonstration of how the meaning of a fictional work can shape its structure and, in turn, stand revealed by what has become the outward sign, or form, of that meaning.

William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

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!

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.

Poetic Justice in William Faulkner s Absalom Absalom

This tragic development of the story provokes the idea of poetic justice, where virtue is rewarded and vice is punished. But can such a sharp categorization really be applied on this complex novel?

Author: Manuela Gertz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640661168

Category:

Page: 40

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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,5, University of Stuttgart, course: William Faulkner, language: English, abstract: In his novel "Absalom, Absalom " William Faulkner recounts the story of Thomas Sutpen, a pioneer who tries to establish his family dynasty in the Southern aristocratic plantation society in Mississippi. Thomas Sutpen rigorously pursues his design at all costs, not considering the possible consequences. This moral flaw in his character causes the downfall of his dynasty and the destruction of the whole family. At the end of the novel Sutpen's Hundred, the decaying mansion Sutpen built to accomplish his design, is burned down, together with the last descendants of the family. This tragic development of the story provokes the idea of poetic justice, where virtue is rewarded and vice is punished. But can such a sharp categorization really be applied on this complex novel? In the following paper I will show whether the term poetic justice can be applied on "Absalom, Absalom ." I will take a look at the elements which might support this assumption by considering the characters' development and function in the novel in order to show if they support the idea of punishment or reward. However, first of all I will take a closer look at the term poetic justice in general. I will give a definition, view its origins and examine its use in historical and recent context before applying it on Faulkner's novel "Absalom, Absalom ."

Expedition nach der Wahrheit

Wenn Aswell aus all dem folgert , „ [ that ] it is now generally recognized that
Absalom , Absalom ! consists of several interrelated attempts to make sense out
of the past ( and ) that none of these attempts is definitive “ , o zieht er freilich ein
bis ...

Author: Stefan Horlacher

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Literature

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Exile

So träumt in William Faulkners Absalom , Absalom ! ( 1936 ) eine Romangestalt
von einer Liebesromanze zwischen der Tochter eines Plantagenbesitzers in
Mississippi und einem eleganten , reichen jungen Mann aus New Orleans ; sie ...

Author: Helmut Koopmann

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Exiles

Page: 316

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