Long been recognized not only as one of William Faulknerâ€™s greatest works, but also as the most accessible of his major novels. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1985 corrected text and is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. â€śBackgrounds and Contextsâ€ť is divided into three sections, each of which includes a concise introduction by Michael Gorra that carefully frames the issues presented, with particular attention to As I Lay Dyingâ€™s place in Faulknerâ€™s literary life. â€śContemporary Receptionâ€ť reprints American, English, and French reviews by Clifton Fadiman, Henry Nash Smith, Edwin Muir, and Maurice Coindreau, among others, along with Valery Larbaudâ€™s never-before-translated preface to the first French edition of the novel. â€śThe Writer and His Workâ€ť examines Faulknerâ€™s claim to have written the novel in six weeks without changing a word. It includes his comments on the bookâ€™s composition along with his later thoughts on and changing opinions of it, sample pages from the manuscript, his Nobel Prize address, and the little-known short story in which he first used the title. â€śCultural Contextâ€ť reprints an essay by Carson McCullers and an excerpt from James Ageeâ€™s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men along with other materials that address questions of Southern Agrarianism and the Southern grotesque. â€śCriticismâ€ť begins with the editorâ€™s introduction to As I Lay Dyingâ€™s critical history and scholarly reception. Eleven major essays are provided by Olga W. Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Calvin Bedient, AndrĂ© Bleikasten, Eric Sundquist, Stephen M. Ross, Doreen Fowler, Patrick Oâ€™Donnell, Richard Gray, John Limon, and Donald M. Kartiganer. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
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