As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
Modern Library, Hardcover, 9780375504525, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 28, 2000
From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner--also available are "Snopes, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom , "and "Selected Short Stories"
One of William Faulkner's finest novels, "As I Lay Dying, " originally published in 1930, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, "As I Lay Dying" vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of literature's great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. Along with a new Foreword by E. L. Doctorow, this edition reproduces the corrected text of "As I Lay Dying" as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1941) was one of the literary titans of the 20th century. A member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s, Fitzgerald's writings best captured what he termed "The Jazz Age," a period of declining traditional American values, prohibition and speakeasies, and great leaps in modernist trends.
"For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country."
--Robert Penn Warren