William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury

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The Sound and the Fury (New York: Cape & Smith, 1929) is the fourth of William Faulkner’s nineteen novels and the second of fourteen that he set in Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, the Mississippi town and county he created in his fiction. The novel is his first mature work and the one he often claimed in later years to be his favorite. Written over a period of approximately six months, from April to October, 1928, the novel is a complex experiment in form combining first-person and third-person narratives.

The novel primarily depicts the interactions of members of the Compson household, a Southern aristocratic family in decline, on the three days of Easter weekend, 1928, but it also portrays the …

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Citation:
Meats, Stephen E.. "The Sound and the Fury". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2006
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