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The Search 1950–1956

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/9780195101294.003.0009
The Search 1950–1956

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One way of understanding William Faulkner's life is this: he was striving to make his life whole — often in great anxiety and confusion and at first unsuccessfully. In the culture to which he was born, the road to maturity for an individual was clear. First were love, marriage, and sex; then family, clan, and community. Faulkner had somehow missed the road at a critical turn in his youth. During the period 1950–1956, he would try to take a firm hold on one piece or another in the progression. In the last half-dozen years of his life, from 1956 to 1962, he effected a very large and relatively successful transformation that had much to do with his dissolving, rather shockingly this late in life, his Mississippi roots and beginning again in Virginia. Faulkner entered the last years with a marriage and a family that was in mess.

Keywords: William Faulkner; Virginia; Mississippi

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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