"I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall." —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. As they carry Addie in a homemade coffin, pulled along by a team of mules, the Bundrens are haunted by greed and fear—their journey both mocks and confirms our humanity. Their story is told in turn by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as those they encounter on their way. This fractured viewpoint epitomizes Faulkner's visceral modernist style, as the varied voices reveal secrets, expose desires, and bring back the dead. A benchmark achievement and one of the most influential novels in American fiction, As I Lay Dying not only endures but prevails.
This edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Noel Polk.
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The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.Review:
"A masterpiece of dark humour" ( Daily Express)
"The greatest American writers of the last century were William Faulkner and Saul Bellow... As I Lay Dying and The Adventures of Augie March: it's hard to think of two better novels written in this country in any century" (Philip Roth Observer)
"One of America's greatest writers" ( The Times)
"A beautiful novel" ( Independent)
"By universal consent of critics and common readers, Faulkner is now recognised as the strongest American novelist of the century, clearly surpassing (Ernest) Hemingway and (Scott) Fitzgerald, and standing as an equal in the sequence that includes Hawthorne, Melville, Mark Twain and Henry James . . . As I Lay Dying may be the most original novel ever written by an American" (Harold Bloom)
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Book Description Jan 01, 1970. Book Condition: New. light wear. Bookseller Inventory # BC-31WX-4YWH
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1970. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140019405