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Critical Companion to William Faulkner
  • Authored by: A. Nicholas Fargnoli, Michael Golay and Robert W. Hamblin
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6432-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 813.52
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 576


Praise for the previous edition:
"...provides a wealth of information...recommended..."—Booklist

"Highly recommended..."—Library Journal

"Will definitely help both students and staff members understand and appreciate one of America's great writers...Recommended."—The Book Report

One of the greatest and most influential American writers, William Faulkner is remembered for novels and short stories that explore the complex culture and tragic legacy of the American South. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Faulkner and his influential works—As I Lay Dying; Light in August; The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom!; "The Bear"; and many others—are studied all over the world.

Critical Companion to William Faulkner—a major revision and expansion of William Faulkner A to Z—features more than 80,000 additional words. Character entries and Critical Commentary sections on Faulkner's major works have been significantly expanded, and entirely new sections providing excerpts from contemporary reviews have been added. Other new features include further reading lists for Faulkner's major novels and short stories as well as a detailed chronology of one of Faulkner's greatest and most complicated works, As I Lay Dying.

Coverage includes:

  • Faulkner's major works, including novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction
  • Descriptions of characters in Faulkner's fiction, such as Benjy and Quentin from The Sound and the Fury
  • Details about Faulkner's family, friends, colleagues, and critics
  • Real and fictional places important to Faulkner's life and literary development, from Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi to Hollywood
  • Interviews and speeches given by Faulkner
  • Ideas and events that influenced his life and works, including slavery, the Civil War, World War I, and civil rights.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

A. Nicholas Fargnoli is a professor of theology and English at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He is the author of Critical Companion to James Joyce and James Joyce's Catholic Moments. He is also the coauthor of On Moral Grounds: The Art/Science of Ethics and the editor of James Joyce: A Documentary Volume.

Michael Golay is a journalist and the author of The Tide of Empire: America's March to the Pacific; A Ruined Land: The End of the Civil War, and several books in the America at War set for Chelsea House. He teaches history at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Robert W. Hamblin is professor of English and director of the Center for Faulkner studies at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the coeditor of A William Faulkner Encyclopedia, A Companion to Faulkner Studies, Teaching Faulkner: Approaches and Methods, and Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century, as well as many other works.

Reviews and Awards

"Recommended for public, high school, and undergraduate collections."
Library Journal

"...[a] useful reference guide to students of Faulkner. Recommended."


"...[a] fine addition...the quality of both the prose and the information is excellent...This soundly structured, readably written volume deserves a place in most college and university libraries."


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