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Claudia Traudt, The Glory and Pain of Unknowing, Withholding, Delivery: Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner's 1929 The Sound and the Fury and 1936 Absalom, Absalom! are likely his two greatest and most impactful novels, bedrock to the great decades-arching Yoknapatwapha County saga he created. The knitting and knotting within the Compson and Sutpen families, and, in Absalom, Absalom!, in important measure shared between them, is mesmerizing, harrowing, fraught, often painful, understanding of it often elusive. It is also exquisite.

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