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William Faulkner composed his fifth novel, As I Lay Dying, in only six months in 1929--in case you wished to feel bad about the past six months of your lifetime. Sounds easy (and depressing) sufficient, however you need to remember: this is Faulkner. Nothing is straightforward. As I Lay Dying is famed because of its experimental narrative technique, which Faulkner began in his previous novel The Sound and the Fury. In As I Lay Dying, fifteen figures--many of them with the last name......Read More
Leslie Marmon Silko is a fairly rad chick, also quite the accomplished writer to boot--but she likely would not tell you any of that himself. When she released Ceremony in 1977, she was unwilling to accept the name of "first female Native American novelist." As she points out in this interview, a whole lot about Native American history has been lost. "There could have been a Native American girl long ago that we don't know about," Silko speculates. Sounds like someone's been eating her fair......Read More
Back in 1958, Boris Pasternak became only the second author (later Jean-Paul Sartre) to ever refuse the Nobel Prize for Literature. The thing is that while Sartre turned down the prize for philosophical reasons, Pasternak turned it down because the Soviet government would have given him a severe trouble if he'd dared to accept it. Wait, why? It was only one year before, in 1957, that Pasternak published his masterpiece Doctor Zhivago. He wrote the book in Russian, but since the book criticized......Read More
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