William Faulkner: Light in August (5854 words)


Light in August (New York: Smith & Haas, 1932) is the seventh of William Faulkner’s nineteen novels and the fifth of fourteen that he set primarily in Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, the apocryphal town and county he created in his fiction. Though his longest novel, it took him only six months to write, from mid-August, 1931, to mid-February, 1932, and another month to complete the typescript he sent to his agent [Joseph Blotner, Faulkner: A Biography (1991), 280, 302]. Though Light in August, like Sanctuary, may appear to be a more conventional novel than The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, Faulkner’s extensive experiments in multiple first-person narration, …

Citation: Meats, Stephen E.. "Light in August". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2008 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3966, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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