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    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Year: 1929
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member -- including Addie -- and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Collected Stories by William Faulkner

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds readers of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this book are such classics as "A Bear Hunt, " "A Rose for Emily, " Two Soldiers, " and "The Brooch."

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Light in August by William Faulkner

Lena Grove's resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner's most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.

Year: 1932
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

It tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded attempt to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. Although his grand design is ultimately destroyed by his own sons, a century later the figure of Sutpen continues to haunt young Quentin Compson, who is obsessed with his family legacy and that of the Old South.

Year: 1936
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

 

 

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-- -- --1929 The Sound and the Fury   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1930 As I Lay Dying   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1930 Collected Stories   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1932 Light in August   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1936 Absalom, Absalom!   by William Faulkner
-- -- --1949 Death of a Salesman   by Arthur Miller
-- -- --1964 Sometimes a Great Notion   by Ken Kesey
-- -- --1965 The Fortunate Pilgrim   by Mario Puzo
-- -- --1992 Brightness Falls   by Jay McInerney
-- -- --2006 The Good Life   by Jay McInerney
-- -- --2016 Bright, Precious Days   by Jay McInerney