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The Artist as a Young Man 1918–1929

Joel Williamson

in William Faulkner and Southern History

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780195101294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101294.003.0007
The Artist as a Young Man 1918–1929

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The young man wrote a book that many literary scholars acclaimed as the best yet in 20th century American letters. William Faulkner declared that his writing came from “imagination, observation, and experience.” He would see or read about something, put himself in the midst of it, and breathe it all to life in a story. Always the story worked to make William Faulkner, himself, more whole as a person. He was always an outsider observing critically the social universe to which he was born, which he knew marvellously well, and which, paradoxically, gave him both sustenance and pain. Without doubt, his alienation that began at birth rapidly became a way of life.

Keywords: William Faulkner; 20th century; American letters; alienation

Chapter.  21712 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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