By Fred C. Hobson (ed.)
Absalom, Absalom! has lengthy been noticeable as one in all William Faulkner's ideally suited creations, in addition to one of many prime American novels of the 20 th century. during this assortment Fred Hobson has introduced jointly 8 of the main stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-year span which method the radical either officially and traditionally. listed here are serious responses by means of Cleanth Brooks, John Irwin, Thadious Davis, and Eric Sundquist, in addition to 4 essays released within the final decade. The casebook concludes with Faulkner's personal feedback at the novel, introduced in a dialogue with scholars on the collage of Virginia. What emerges from the entire choices is a wealthy and suggestive remedy of a piece which Faulkner himself referred to as "the most sensible novel but written by way of an American" and a much less biased critic has known as "the maximum American novel of the century... becoming a member of Moby-Dick and Huckleberry Finn on the top of yank fiction."
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William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!: A Casebook (Casebooks in Criticism)
Absalom, Absalom! has lengthy been noticeable as one in every of William Faulkner's best creations, in addition to one of many top American novels of the 20th century. during this assortment Fred Hobson has introduced jointly 8 of the main stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-year span which method the radical either officially and traditionally.
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Uncle Isaac acts; he helps kill the bear; he goes on the hunt to the end of his days. But he knows that efﬁciency as an end in itself is selfdefeating. It is man’s fate to struggle against nature; yet it is wisdom to learn that the ﬁght cannot ﬁnally be won and that the contest has to be conducted with love and humility and in accordance with a code of honor. Man realizes himself in the struggle, but the ultimate to be gained in the struggle is wisdom. Sutpen never really acquires wisdom, for he never loses his innocence.
He is not the victim of bad luck. ” He “had been too successful,” Mr. Compson tells Quentin; his “was that solitude of contempt and distrust which success brings to him who gained it because he was strong instead of merely lucky” (p. 103). Marshall McLuhan has somewhere pointed out that the more special feats of James Fenimore Cooper’s woodsmen are always attributed to their skill, but those of William Gilmore Simms’s woodsmen, to their luck. On this perhaps whimsical test of the sectional character, Sutpen turns out to be a Yankee, not a southerner at all.
In any case, when Shreve puts his question about seeing Clytie, he did not know that another person besides Clytie and her nephew was living at Sutpen’s Hundred. ” When she and Quentin visit Sutpen’s Hundred, her intuition is conﬁrmed. The hidden something turns out to be Henry Sutpen, now come home to die. Presumably, it was from Henry Sutpen that Quentin learned the crucial facts. Or did he? Here again Faulkner may seem to the reader either teasingly reticent or, upon reﬂection, brilliantly skillful.