By William Faulkner
“I set out intentionally to write down a tour-de-force. earlier than I ever placed pen to paper and set down the 1st notice I knew what the final word will be and virtually the place the final interval may fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey around the Mississippi nation-state to bury Addie, their spouse and mom. Narrated in flip by all of the relatives members—including Addie herself—as good as others the unconventional levels in temper, from darkish comedy to the private pathos. one in every of the main influential novels in American fiction in constitution, type, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a real 20th-century vintage.
This variation reproduces the corrected textual content of As I Lay Dying as confirmed in 1985 by means of Noel Polk.
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