William Faulkner: Go Down, Moses (7174 words)


Go Down, Moses (New York: Random House, 1942), is the thirteenth of William Faulkner’s nineteen novels and his ninth about Yoknapatawpha, the apocryphal Mississippi county he created in his fiction. It was originally published on 11 May 1942, as Go Down, Moses, and Other Stories, due to a misunderstanding between author and publisher, perhaps partly because Faulkner initially proposed it as “a volume, collected stories, general theme being relationship between white and negro races here” [Blotner, Faulkner: A Biography (1991): 427]. In subsequent printings, at Faulkner’s request, and Other Stories was deleted from the title first, then from the book’s cover, and, somewhat later, from the title page. …

Citation: Meats, Stephen E.. "Go Down, Moses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2012 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4949, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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