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Between 1930 and 1935, William Faulkner came into possession of the genius and creativity that made him America's greatest writer of the 20th century. As I Lay Dying is a dark comedy, full of horror and compassion, of a rural Mississippi family bearing the corpse of their matriarch to burial in town. Sanctuary, a violent novel of sex and social class that moves from Mississippi back roads to the fleshpots of Memphis, features a sadistic gangster named Popeye and a debutante with an affinity for evil. Light in August, a near-religious vision of the hopeful stubborness of ordinary life, is perhaps Faulkner's most moving work. Pylon, a tale of barnstorming aviators, examines bonds of loyalty and desire among three men and a woman. All are presented in restored texts as part of The Library of America's new, authoritative edition of Faulkner's complete works.
William Faulkner (1897–1962) was born in Mississippi and was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.