By William Faulkner
“I set out intentionally to write down a tour-de-force. prior to I ever positioned pen to paper and set down the 1st observe I knew what the final word will be and nearly the place the final interval may fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey around the Mississippi geographical region to bury Addie, their spouse and mom. Narrated in flip by all the relatives members—including Addie herself—as good as others the radical levels in temper, from darkish comedy to the private pathos. one of the main influential novels in American fiction in constitution, variety, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a real 20th-century vintage.
This version reproduces the corrected textual content of As I Lay Dying as confirmed in 1985 by way of Noel Polk.
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