Academic journal article The Faulkner Journal

Beyond: André Bleikasten, 1933-2009

Academic journal article The Faulkner Journal

Beyond: André Bleikasten, 1933-2009

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André Bleikasten died on February 15, 2009, a great loss not only to the large family of Faulkner scholars, but also to the French, European, and American academic landscape.

For more than three decades, André has been an impressive intellectual, conversant with all schools of criticism, and above all with the classical and contemporary fiction of Europe and America. Being trilingual (he knew German just as well as English), his openness and sensitivity to European and American fiction was remarkable, and widely recognized by his peers.

We all know his work on Faulkner, notably The Most Splendid Failure: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, one of the most often quoted studies on me novel, and the translation and revision of his dissertation, The Ink of Melancholy: Faulkner's Novels from The Sound and the Fury to Light in August, also one of the classic studies on Faulkner. And his essays published almost worldwide complete the scope of his manifold interests, including two fine studies of Flannery O'Connor and Philip Roth for the Voix Américaines series at Belin (Paris).

His most remarkable achievement may well be his last book Wiuiam Faulkner: Une vie en romans, which deserves translation. It was recognized in France in the fall of 2008, when André was already seriously ill, by having been awarded both the literary prize of FranceAmériques and the prestigious Prix de l'Académie Française for biography. It is a dense, alert, finely written study of all the novels, representing the ailmination of Andre's reflections on Faulkner. …

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