By William Faulkner, Saxe Commins
Selected and with a foreword by means of Saxe Commins.
Though those brief tales have common charm, they're intensely neighborhood in atmosphere. apart from “Turn About,” which derives from the time of the 1st global struggle, these kinds of stories spread in a small city in Mississippi, William Faulkner’s birthplace and lifetime home.
Some stories—such as “A Rose for Emily,” “The Hound,” and “That night Sun”—are well-known, showing an uncanny mix of the homely and the scary. yet others, even though much less popular, are both colourful and attribute. The lightly nostalgic “Delta Autumn” offers a impressive distinction to “Dry September” and “Barn Burning,” that are intensely dramatic.
As the editor, Saxe Commins, states in his illuminating Foreword: “These 8 tales replicate the deep love and loathing, the tenderness and contempt, the identity and repudiation William Faulkner has felt for the traditions and how of lifetime of his personal component of the world.”
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133. 51. Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife, i: 257. 52. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation. 53. For a discussion of the links between the Emersons’ marriage and that of Hester and Chillingworth, see Herbert, Dearest Beloved, pp. 188–90. 54. For an account of the efforts of Emerson, William Henry Channing, and James Freeman Clark to create an acceptable image of Fuller in her Memoirs, which they edited, see Bell Gale Chevigny, “The Long Arm of Censorship: Mythmaking in Margaret Fuller’s Time and Our Own,” Signs 2 (1976): 450–60.
It is not sexuality that Hawthorne critiques as cold, twisted, and deadly in his writings, for he was less a Puritan than Emerson. “The Birth-Mark,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” “The Artist of the Beautiful,” and The Scarlet Letter respond, rather, to the sexual repression crucial to Emerson’s conception of ideal human relations. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne holds up for examination both the sacred, sexual love of Hester and Arthur and the loveless, sexless marriage of Hester and Roger, the latter a legal union imposed upon a beautiful young girl by a cold, selﬁsh scholar.
53 Hawthorne completed his next study of unnatural unions, The Blithedale Romance, just before moving back to Concord in 1852. Ironically, the house and nine acres Hawthorne purchased from the Alcotts for $1,500 was at Emerson’s end of town, less than a mile down the road. 54 Hawthorne, on the other 26 Hawthorne’s labors in Concord hand, had just portrayed her in the ﬁgure of Zenobia, a beautiful feminist, who drowns herself after being rejected by Hollingsworth. Emerson found The Blithedale Romance “ghastly and untrue,”55 referring to its treatment of Brook Farm and Zenobia/Fuller, but one wonders if he saw himself in Hollingsworth.