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October 7, 2013

Faulkner’s “Splendid Failure”

William Faulkner    (1897 - 1962)

William Faulkner
(1897 – 1962)

by Steve King

On this day in 1929, William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury was published. Faulkner said it was “a splendid failure,” but he also said that “the only thing in literature which would ever move me very much” was the image upon which the book was based: “Caddy climbing the pear tree to look in the window at her grandfather’s funeral while Quentin and Jason and Benjy and the negroes looked up at the muddy seat of her drawers.”

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