William Faulkner: Flags in the Dust (5607 words)

Thomas Dasher (Berry College)
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Composition and Publishing History

The third novel William Faulkner wrote, probably beginning in late 1926 or early 1927, was Flags in the Dust. The novel as it was eventually published, however, on 31 January 1929 (Blotner, 193), was not the work Faulkner had originally written, but was instead a considerably shortened version entitled Sartoris.

In October 1927, Faulkner had submitted Flags to Boni & Liveright, the publisher of his first two novels, only to have it summarily rejected in November (Blotner, 204, 205). While Faulkner was convinced that Flags was a significant step beyond his previous novels, Boni & Liveright’s response was harsh: “&r…

Citation: Dasher, Thomas. "Flags in the Dust". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5110, accessed 25 June 2021.]

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