William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! (3854 words)


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Absalom, Absalom! is the ninth of William Faulkner’s nineteen novels and the sixth of the fourteen novels that he set in Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, the town and county he created in his fiction. Written over a period of three years, from 1934-1936, it took the second-longest of any of his novels to write and is a complex experiment in conflicting first-person narratives within a third-person framework.

The novel, which Faulkner initially called “Dark House”, had its genesis in two short stories. The first, “Evangeline”, a ghost story written probably in early 1931, was not published until it appeared in The Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner (1979). It contains almost the …

Citation: Meats, Stephen E.. "Absalom, Absalom!". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2006 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6865, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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