A Rose for Emily

Faulkner, William

William Faulkner, 1897–1962, American novelist, b. New Albany, Miss., one of the great American writers of the 20th cent. Born into an old Southern family named Falkner, he changed the spelling of his last name to Faulkner when he published his first book, a collection of poems entitled The Marble Faun, in 1924. Faulkner trained in Canada as a cadet pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1918, attended the Univ. of Mississippi in 1919–20, and lived in Paris briefly in 1925. In 1931 he bought a pre–Civil War mansion, "Rowanoak," in Oxford, Miss., where he lived, a virtual recluse, for the rest of his life. As a writer Faulkner's primary concern was to probe his own region, the deep South. Most of his novels are set in Yoknapatawpha county, an imaginary area in Mississippi with a colorful history and a richly varied population. The county is a microcosm of the South as a whole, and Faulkner's novels examine the effects of the dissolution of traditional values and authority on all levels of Southern society. One of his primary themes is the abuse of blacks by the Southern whites. Because Faulkner's novels treat the decay and anguish of the South since the Civil War, they abound in violent and sordid events. But they are grounded in a profound and compassionate humanism that celebrates the tragedy, energy, and humor of ordinary human life. The master of a rhetorical, highly symbolic style, Faulkner was also a brilliant literary technician, making frequent use of convoluted time sequences and of the stream of consciousness technique. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known novels are The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), The Unvanquished (1938), The Hamlet (1940), Intruder in the Dust (1948), Requiem for a Nun (1951), A Fable (1954; Pulitzer Prize), The Town (1957), The Mansion (1959), and The Reivers (1962; Pulitzer Prize). In addition to novels Faulkner published several volumes of short stories including These 13 (1931), Go Down, Moses (1942), Knight's Gambit (1949), and Big Woods (1955); and collections of essays and poems.

See the reminiscences of his brother, John (1963); biographies by H. H. Waggoner (1959), J. Blotner (2 vol., 1974, repr. 1984), and P. Weinstein (2009); studies by R. P. Adams (1968), L. G. Leary (1973), and J. W. Reed, Jr. (1973); F. J. Hoffman and O. W. Vickery, ed., William Faulkner: Three Decades of Criticism (1960); J. N. Duvall, ed., Faulkner and His Critics (2010).

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A Rose for Emily: Selected full-text books and articles

A Rose for Emily By William Faulkner; M. Thomas Inge Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, 1970
Librarian’s tip: This book includes the story plus critical essays on the story.
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story By Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of "A Rose for Emily" begins on p. 255
The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction By Judith Fetterley Indiana University Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: "A Rose for 'A Rose for Emily'" begins on p. 34
William Faulkner: Two Decades of Criticism By Frederick J. Hoffman; Olga W. Vickery Michigan State College Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: "Atmosphere and Theme in Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily'" begins on p. 259
Gender and Authorial Limitation in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily." (Special Issue: William Faulkner) By Curry, Renee R The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 3, Summer 1994
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The Widow of Windsor and the Spinster of Jefferson: A Possible Source for Faulkner's Emily Grierson By Kriewald, Gary L The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall 2003
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Miss Emily after Dark By Argiro, Thomas Robert The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2011
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All Too Thinkable? Thomas Argiro's "Miss Emily after Dark" By Matthews, John T The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2011
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The Functions of Ambiguity: A Response to "Miss Emily after Dark" By Bonner, Thomas, Jr The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2011
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How Many Black Lovers Had Emily Grierson? By Romine, Scott The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2011
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Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective By Sara Munson Deats; Lagretta Tallent Lenker Praeger Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of "A Rose for Emily" begins on p. 109
A Film for Emily By Moore, Gene M The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1/2, Fall 2000
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