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The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text


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"I wrote this book and learned to read....I had gone through all that I had ever read, from Henry James through Henty to newspaper murders, without making any distinction or digesting any of it, as a moth or a goat might. After The Sound and the Fury and without heeding to open another book and in a series of delayed repercussions like summer thunder, I discovered the Flauberts and Dostoievskys and Conrads whose books I had read ten years ago. With The Sound and the Fury I learned to read and quit reading, since I have read nothing since....This is the only one of the seven novels which I wrote without any accompanying feeling of drive or effort, or any following feeling of exhaustion or relief or distaste. When I began it I had no plan at all. I wasn't even writing a book." William Faulkner

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sandrrra, March 24, 2008 (view all comments by sandrrra)
i read this book and learned to think.
the sound of their voices made me forget everything.
for those who care for such things it is a valuable and brilliant story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.
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Product Details

Faulkner, William
Vintage Books USA
New York :
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Mentally handicapped
Domestic fiction
Master and servant
Brothers and sisters
Aristocracy (Social class)
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Vintage Internat
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 652
Publication Date:
October 1990
Grade Level:
8 x 5.2 x 0.75 in 0.61 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679732242 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Faulkner is in a class of his own, and this is his best work. Moving seamlessly from its opening incoherence to its revelatory finale, it's almost as if he is teaching you how to read the novel as you are reading it! A family drama with some of the most exquisitely drawn characters in all of fiction, Faulkner takes up those disparate threads of beauty and loss, entwining them over the course of the story until you realize that you can't have one without the other. Don't let the eccentric prose of that first chapter deter you; you don't want to miss what's hidden in these pages.

"Review" by , "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 the greatness of our classics."
"Review" by , "Faulkner...belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust."
"Review" by , "For all the 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."
"Review" by , "Faulkner performed a labor of imagination that has not been equaled in our time...first, to invent a Mississippi county that was like a mythical kingdom, but was complete and living in all its details; second, to make his story of Yoknapatawpha County stand as a parable of legend of all the Deep South."
"Synopsis" by , One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in American literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.

This edition follows the text of The Sound and the Fury as corrected in 1984. It includes an editor's note by Noel Polk on the corrections following the text.

"Synopsis" by , “I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire. . . . I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” —from The Sound and the Fury


The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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