Light in August (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)

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"Taylor’s edition is an invaluable resource for students and researchers. Faulkner’s own commentary, and that of leading historians and critics, will help readers sense the many historical and cultural tributaries converging in this great novel. The economic, racial, and gendered conditions of Depression-era Mississippi, along with the vibrant milieu of literary modernism, become visible in this Norton Critical Edition.”  — Susan Scott Parrish, University of Michigan 

This Norton Critical Edition includes:  

The authoritative text of Light in August, established by Noel Polk in 1985 and accompanied by Melanie Benson Taylor’s preface and explanatory footnotes.  

A rich selection of background and contextual materials, thoughtfully and practically arranged to draw readers into the American South of Faulkner’s imagination. Topics include “The Writer’s World and Words,” “Reception and Influence,” and “Historical and Cultural Contexts.”    

Thirteen critical essays on the novel’s major themes.  

A chronology and a selected bibliography.  

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.?  

“The Norton Critical Edition of Light in August appears at a key juncture, and Melanie Benson Taylor’s editorship points this up keenly. The novel and the scholarship included here attest to the centrality of race in Yoknapatawpha, a fact well-known in the Faulkner community, yet wider understanding of which this volume will ensure. Benson Taylor has done more than skillfully edit a compendium. She has made a volume that is essential to ongoing efforts to teach and write about the increasingly race-conscious writer Faulkner became following The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying in the mid-1930s and beyond.” — Peter Lurie, University of Richmond 

About the Author

William Faulkner (1897–1962) is the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, among other works. These two novels were originally published by Liveright in the 1920s.

Melanie Benson Taylor is Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. She is Executive Editor of Native South. She is author of The Indian in American Southern Literature, Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause, and Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1919-2002. Her edited volumes include The Cambridge Companion to the Native American Novel, The Cambridge History of Native American Literature, and, with Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny, I Am Where I Come From: Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393422603
ISBN-10: 0393422607
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 16th, 2022
Language: English
Series: Norton Critical Editions