Faulkner's People: A Complete Guide and Index to Characters in the Fiction of William Faulkner

Faulkner's People: A Complete Guide and Index to Characters in the Fiction of William Faulkner

Faulkner's People: A Complete Guide and Index to Characters in the Fiction of William Faulkner

Faulkner's People: A Complete Guide and Index to Characters in the Fiction of William Faulkner

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The guide includes approximately 1,200 named persons found in 19 novels and 94 short stories and sketches (21 of which, often in an extensively revised form, have been incorporated in the novels). About 175 of these persons are participants, or are mentioned, in more than one of Faulkner's fictional works. In addition to setting forth a brief description, chiefly as to function, of every named character in each story in which he (or she) is found, the Guide lists every page on which each character's name appears, whether the character is there taking part in the action or is merely referred to. All variations of the names, including nicknames, are listed, but no more than once to a page, regardless of how many versions of a given character's name appear on one page. For example, if Narcissa, Narcissa Benbow, Miss Benbow, Mrs. Bayard Sartoris, and Narcy all appear on, say, page 283 of Sartoris, one listing only is made for her on that particular page.

Personal titles alone are not listed even though their designation is clear. To qualify for inclusion in the Guide they must be accompanied by family names, given names, or some variation of one of these. For example, Colonel or Cunnel or Lawyer is excluded from the Guide; Colonel John or Lawyer Stevens is, of course, included. The same distinction applies to designations of family relationship: Uncle and Aunt are not listed. Uncle Maury and Aunt Jenny are. (In this connection it should be borne in mind that in general the entries have been arranged according to the customary rules of indexing: when two or more persons have the same surname, those with the least identification precede those with more complete identification; titles such as Aunt, Uncle, and Colonel are disregarded when the full name or initials are given; and names beginning with "Mc" are listed as if the prefix were spelled "Mac.")

There are six exceptions to this rule: the principal character in Pylon has no name other than that of "the Reporter"; hence he is so listed, under R. The same arrangement applies to "the Convict" in The Old Man, listed under C, as well as to "the Cajan" in the same story, and to "the Runner" in A Fable, listed under R. The fifth exception is Mrs.

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