William Faulkner, Pylon

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published on 25 March 1935 by Smith and Haas, New York, was the eighth of William Faulkner’s nineteen novels and one of only five not set primarily in his apocryphal Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Instead, the setting of


is fictional New Valois, Franciana, during an air show celebrating the dedication of its new airport with airplane racing, parachute jumping, and stunt flying.

Composition and Publication

Composition and Publication

Pylon is not generally considered one of Faulkner’s major works, and Faulkner himself helped create that impression. In 1957 when he was writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia, a student asked if he thought Pylon was a “serious novel”. Faulkner responded that he wrote the book


is not generally considered one of…

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Citation: Dasher, Thomas. "Pylon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2515, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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