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Author Sensibar, Judith L. (Judith Levin), 1941-

Title Faulkner and love : the women who shaped his art / Judith L. Sensibar.

Publication Info. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2009]

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 Moore Stacks  PS3511.A86 Z96647 2009    Available  ---
Description xxi, 594 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 504-580) and index.
Contents William Faulkner and Caroline "Callie" Barr -- Faulkner's mother, Maud Butler Falkner -- William Faulkner and Estelle Oldham -- Estelle and Billy, 1903-1914 -- First loves, first "marriages," 1914-1926 -- The emergence of a mature novelist.
Summary "This book is about the making of the writer William Faulkner. It is the first to inquire into the three most important women in his life -- his black and white mothers, Caroline Barr and Maud Falkner, and the childhood friend who became his wife, Estelle Oldham. In this new exploration of Faulkner's creative process, Judith L. Sensibar discovers that these women's relationships with Faulkner were not simply close; they gave life to his imagination. Sensibar brings to the foreground -- as Faulkner did -- this 'female world,' an approach unprecedented in Faulkner biography. Through extensive research in untapped biographical sources -- archival materials and interviews with these women's families and other members of the communities in which they lived -- Sensibar transcends existing scholarship and reconnects Faulkner's biography to his work. She demonstrates how the themes of race, tormented love, and addiction that permeated his fiction had their origins in his three defining relationships with women. Sensibar alters and enriches our understanding not only of Faulkner, his art, and the complex world of the American South that came to life in his brilliant fiction but also of darknesses, fears, and unspokens that Faulkner unveiled in the American psyche." -- Book jacket.
Subject Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Family.
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Childhood and youth.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships.
Novelists, American.
Chronological Term 20th century
Subject Women in literature.
Women in literature.
Oxford (Miss.) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780300115031 alkaline paper
0300115032 alkaline paper