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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: An Impression”

“William Faulkner: An Impression”

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(p.111) “William Faulkner: An Impression”
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John Crowe Ransom

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0021

In this chapter, John Crowe Ransom offers an impression of William Faulkner's achievement, an impression that he says has not changed much during the years that followed his reading of The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August. According to Ransom, these three early novels are proof of the narrative power and the detailed poetry of Faulkner's creations. He argues that Faulkner's books are unequal, and that the style is less than consistently sustained. Faulkner is therefore not Ben Jonson, he is not even William Shakespeare; he is John Webster. The chapter concludes with the opinion that there are imperfections in Faulkner's work, but that his perfections are wonderful, well sustained, and without exact precedent anywhere.

Keywords:   novel, John Crowe Ransom, William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, style, John Webster

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