William Faulkner, The Faulkner-Cowley File

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The Faulkner-Cowley File: Letters and Memories, 1944-1962 (Viking Press, 1966), by Malcolm Cowley, was published four years after Faulkner’s death. In its first paragraph, Cowley lays out his main reason for writing the book:

Almost every critic dreams of discovering some great work that has been neglected by other critics. Some day might he come upon an author whose reputation is less than his achievement and in fact is scandalously out of proportion with it, so that other voices will be added to the critic’s voice, in a swelling chorus, as soon as he has made the discovery? That is the dream. At least once in my critical career I had the good luck to find it realized. (3: all page citations are to …

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Citation: Meats, Stephen E.. "The Faulkner-Cowley File". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39323, accessed 01 June 2023.]

39323 The Faulkner-Cowley File 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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