Go Down, Moses
Go Down, Moses
Vintage, Paperback, 9780679732174, 384pp.
Publication Date: January 30, 1991
I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. William Faulkner, on receiving the Nobel Prize
"Go Down, Moses" is composed of seven interrelated stories, all of them set in Faulkner's mythic Yoknapatawpha County. From a variety of perspectives, Faulkner examines the complex, changing relationships between blacks and whites, between man and nature, weaving a cohesive novel rich in implication and insight.
“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
“He is the greatest artist the South has produced. . . . Indeed, through his many novels and short stories, Faulkner fights out the moral problem which was repressed after the nineteenth century [yet] for all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for greatness of our classics.” —Ralph Ellison
When Emory University adjunct professor Sally Wolff-King was researching her latest book, she came across a plantation diary that bore a strong connection to William Faulkner's novel Go Down, Moses. The names of the slaves in the journal were the same as those in Faulkner's book. Wolff-King discusses the discovery. More at NPR.org
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