The Sound and the Fury (Norton Critical Editions)
The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the corrected edition scrupulously prepared by F- Noel Polk, whose textual note precedes the text. David Minter's annotations are designed to assist the reader with obscure words and allusions. "Backgrounds" begins with the appendix Faulkner wrote in 1945 and sometimes referred to as another telling of The Sound and the Fury, and includes a selection of Faulkner's letters, excerpts from two Faulkner interviews, a memoir by Faulkner's friend Ben Wasson, and both versions of Faulkner's 1933 "Introduction" to the novel. "Cultural and Historical Contexts" presents four different perspectives, two of them new to the Second Edition, on the South's place in history Taken together, these works by C. Vann Woodward, Richard H. King, Carolyn Porter, and Robert Penn Warren provide the reader with valuable contexts for understanding the novel. "Criticism" includes seventeen essays on The Sound and the Fury that collectively trace changes in the way we have viewed this novel over the last four decades. Among the critics represented (six of whom are new to the Second Edition) are Jean-Paul Sartre, Ralph Ellison, Olga W. Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Michael Millgate, John Irwin, Myra Jehlen, David Minter, John Matthews, Thadious M. Davis, Wesley Morris, Minrose G. Gwin, André Bleikasten, and Philip M. Weinstein. The Selected Bibliography bas been thoroughly revised for this edition.