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M. Thomas Inge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496803382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.001.0001

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“William Faulkner”

“William Faulkner”

(p.32) “William Faulkner”
The Dixie Limited

Donald Davidson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter is a review of William Faulkner's novel, Soldiers' Pay, arguing that it reveals Faulkner as a “sensitive, observant person with a fine power of objectifying his own and other people's emotions...” Soldiers' Pay is the story of of a wounded aviator who returned home to a small town in Georgia following the conclusion of World War I. The text here claims that Soldiers' Pay is superior to to John Dos Passos's Soldiers Three, because it delves deeper into human nature. Faulkner's title indicated the irony which he discovers in the post-war situation, that irony familiar to returned soldiers, who came back to discover life moving as casually as ever in its old grooves, and people as much untouched by the war as by polar exploration. The text concludes by describing Soldiers' Pay as “a powerful book, done with careful artistry and with great warmth of feeling”.

Keywords:   soldiers, William Faulkner, Soldiers' Pay, Georgia, World War I, John Dos Passos, Soldiers Three, human nature, novel

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