Faulkner and love [electronic resource] : the women who shaped his art / Judith L. Sensibar.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
1 online resource (616 p.)
- Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships.
Women in literature.
Oxford (Miss.) -- Social life and customs.
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Family.
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Childhood and youth.
- Electronic books.
- 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.
List of Illustrations
Part 1. William Faulkner and Caroline "Callie" Barr
Part 2. Faulkner's Mother, Maud Butler Falkner
Part 3. Estelle and Billy, 1903-1914
Part 4. First Loves, First "Marriages," 1914-1926
Part 5. The Emergence of a Mature Novelist
List of Abbreviations
- Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300142433 doi
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