By Jay Parini
William Faulkner used to be a literary genius, and considered one of America's most crucial and influential writers. Drawing on formerly unavailable resources -- together with letters, memoirs, and interviews with Faulkner's daughter and fans -- Jay Parini has crafted a biography that delves into the secret of this talented and bothered author. His Faulkner is an incredibly proficient, obsessive artist stricken by alcoholism and a nasty marriage who by some means transcends his barriers. Parini weaves the tragedies and triumphs of Faulkner's lifestyles in along with his novels, serving up a biography that is as enticing because it is insightful.
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Other planes, such as the famous Sopwith Camel or the highly respected Nieuport, were no less fragile in a combat situation, where the stresses (on the pilot as well as the aircraft) were considerable. Maud Falkner must have thought she might never see her firstborn son again. Arriving in Toronto, Billy made his way at once to the Jesse Ketchum School, which the RAF had taken over as their training post. His fictionmaking gathered steam now. Within seconds of arrival, his English accent deepened, and he claimed to all that he’d been born in the town of Finchley, in Middlesex, England.
These young literary men shared their dreams as well as their poems, written in the manner of Keats, Swinburne, and Housman. While Billy Falkner’s life proceeded without obvious hardship, he was nevertheless aware of the violence abroad—the ghastly, almost unimaginable toll of the Great War, in which Britain alone racked up on average 36 / ONE MATCHLESS TIME seven thousand dead or wounded each day—and the racial tensions that had risen in the South to frenzied heights in the second decade of the twentieth century, with lynchings now a commonplace activity.
One sees a parade of these types in his fiction, and there is not much subtlety in their presentations. As a boy and young adolescent, Faulkner’s world was neatly circumscribed, with mythic elements that included woods and swamplands as well as the town itself; beyond the immediate family circle there was the Big Place, where his grandfather towered over the family, the genial patriarch on whom his father also depended for emotional (as well as financial) security. The house had many bedrooms and a full attic on the third floor, where the Young Colonel’s grandchildren would often play by themselves.