We absolutely love a party here at Bookstr, especially one to celebrate an author’s birthday! Celebrate William Faulkner today with one of these works we still read today! Do you recognize any of them?
Grab your party hats because it is time to celebrate. The Nobel Prize-winning writer was born September 25th, 1897, making him 125 this year. This absolutely calls for celebration. Faulkner is a staple in summer reading lists, college syllabi, and leisure reading. I made sure to check Goodreads for reviews on these three novels, so you didn’t have to. Can you believe one of these has over 170,000 reviews? Here are three works that are still being read today!
“…I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
The first novel on the list is one of Faulkner’s most reviewed on Goodreads with over 170,000 reviews. Faulkner originally published The Sound and the Fury in 1929. This Southern gothic narrative is set in Jefferson, Mississippi and follows the Compson family. The novel follows along a 30-year span of the financial hardship and tragic deaths of many of the former aristocratic family members.
“He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn’t need a word for that any more than for pride or fear…”William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying came out a year after The Sound of the Fury in 1930. This is the novel I recognize the most. This is truly a 20th century classic! Also set in Faulkner’s home state of Mississippi, this novel follows the distressing story of the Bundren family. The novel is written in different character points of view, which definitely adds to its appeal. As I Lay Dying has over 150,000 reviews on Goodreads!
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”William Faulkner, Light in August
The last novel on the list is Light in August. While only having 59,000 reviews on Goodreads, over 50% of them are 4 and 5 stars! Light in August released in 1932 and follows the lives of two strangers. The story reveals how they are connected to the same man who made a huge impact on their lives. This novel is considered one of the most important works Faulkner has ever written.
Whichever book you choose, it will be a great way to celebrate the Southern gothic novelist on his birthday. Did we miss one of your favorite? Let us know what your favorite Faulkner novel is on our socials!
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