The Tangled Fire of William Faulkner


William Van O’Connor

Out of the tangled fire that is the genius of William Faulkner’s fiction, this critical study draws as coherent and highly original view of the writer’s achievement. By placing Faulkner in his Mississippi background and analyzing his novels and short stories in chronological sequence, O’Conner demonstrates a major thesis that sets this apart from other studies. It is his interpretation that Faulkner’s fiction is not all of a piece, does not merely develop the conviction of the legend of the Old South, but is, rather, marked by diversity of theme.

William Van O’Connor, an associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, was the editor of Forms of Modern Fiction and the author of Sense and Sensibility in Modern Poetry, An Age of Criticism, and other volumes of literary criticism.

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