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The Dixie LimitedWriters on William Faulkner and His Influence$
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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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“Preface” to British edition of Soldiers’ Pay

“Preface” to British edition of Soldiers’ Pay

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(p.43) “Preface” to British edition of Soldiers’ Pay
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The Dixie Limited
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Richard Hughes

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0005

This chapter is an essay examining Soldiers' Pay, the story of a soldier who returns, like an unwanted ghost, to the country he has “saved.” The scene is the state of Georgia, an unfamiliar one to most English readers, but not so unfamiliar as that they will expect. William Faulkner deals with an aspect of the war previously practically untouched: peace. The text argues that Soldiers' Pay is more than just another (in the popular sense) “War Book.” It is a tragic, fascinating, and beautiful narrative; told by a man who writes because he can. It is not only an achievement, it is promising as well: and the promise is borne out by at least two other Faulkner novels, Mosquitoes and The Sound and the Fury.

Keywords:   novel, William Faulkner, Soldiers' Pay, Georgia, war, peace, Mosquitoes, The Sound and the Fury, soldiers

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