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One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner

by Jay Parini

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Not as detailed as the Blotner but more accessible. Not as good as Parini's bio of Frost, though. Made me want to reread The Sound and the Fury. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Having read Blottner's biography of Faulkner many years ago I was curious to get an update by reading Parini's One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner. It offered a thorough discussion and analyses of all Faulkner's works as well as a good look at his life. He was sadly a womanizer and a drunk even if he was one of America's greatest writers though he wasn't always well received by the critics. I thoroughly enjoyed this biography and it incited me to tackle some of Faulkner's novels even though I find them daunting. If you are interested in writers' lives as I am I encourage you to pick up this book. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Oct 14, 2015 |
Here is a terrific, accessible biography about Faulkner. His faults are drawn out here, I guess because they make for interesting writing. It's still impressive how he overcame them in order to put together the insanely good novels and stories that make him maybe the greatest American writer. ( )
  BeaverMeyer | Jul 29, 2007 |
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His scheme is to follow Faulkner's life chronologically, interrupting the narrative with short critical essays of an introductory nature on individual works. In the right hands such a scheme could result in exemplary specimens of the critic's art. But Parini's essays are not up to exemplary standard.
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William Faulkner was a literary genius, and one of America's most important and influential writers. Drawing on previously unavailable sources -- including letters, memoirs, and interviews with Faulkner's daughter and lovers -- Jay Parini has crafted a biography that delves into the mystery of this gifted and troubled writer. His Faulkner is an extremely talented, obsessive artist plagued by alcoholism and a bad marriage who somehow transcends his limitations. Parini weaves the tragedies and triumphs of Faulkner's life in with his novels, serving up a biography that's as engaging as it is insightful.

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"One Matchless time is an evocation of William Faulkner's life and work. From his birth in 1897 in Mississippi to his death sixty-five years later, Faulkner spent almost his entire life on this one small patch of land, the "significant soil" from which all his fiction grew. Jay Parini paints an intimate picture of Faulkner's Mississippi world and shows how the artist transformed this raw material into Yoknapatawpha County, a place of pure imagination." "Between 1928 and 1942, during what Faulkner called his "one matchless time, " a period of wild inspiration when characters and stories came to him mysteriously and in abundance, he published more than half a dozen masterpieces, including the novels The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Sanctuary; Light in August; Absalom, Absalom!; The Wild Palms; Go Down, Moses; and The Hamlet. This is an astonishing achievement without equal in American literature." "Parini, who has taught Faulkner's work to students for nearly thirty years, brings to life this writer's complex fictional world in the context of his life, using the one to illuminate the other. He uses letters and memoirs unavailable to earlier biographers as well as interviews he had with Faulkner's daughter and several of his lovers. His William Faulkner is an immensely gifted, obsessive artist plagued by alcoholism and a bad marriage, but someone who rose above his limitations to become a figure of major importance on the stage of world literature."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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