Here is a classic collection from one of Americas greatest authors. Though these short stories have universal appeal, they are intensely local in setting. With the exception of "Turn About," which derives from the time of the First World War, all these tales unfold in a small town in Mississippi, William Faulkners birthplace and lifelong home.
Some storiessuch as "A Rose for Emily," "The Hound," and "That Evening Sun"are famous, displaying an uncanny blend of the homely and the horrifying. But others, though less well known, are equally colorful and characteristic. The gently nostalgic "Delta Autumn" provides a striking contrast to "Dry September" and "Barn Burning," which are intensely dramatic.
As the editor, Saxe Commins, states in his illuminating Foreword: "These eight stories reflect the deep love and loathing, the tenderness and contempt, the identification and repudiation William Faulkner has felt for the traditions and the way of life of his own portion of the world."
William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun (a collection of poems), in 1924, and his first novel, Soldiers Pay, in 1926. In 1949, having written such works as Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for two other novels, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962). From 1957 to 1958 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. He died on July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Mississippi.