By Stefan Solomon

During greater than 20 years (1932–1954), William Faulkner labored on nearly fifty screenplays for residences, together with MGM, twentieth Century–Fox, and Warner Bros., and was once credited on such vintage movies as The mammoth Sleep and To Have and feature Not. The scripts that Faulkner wrote for film—and, afterward, television—constitute an in depth and, formerly, completely underexplored archival resource. Stefan Solomon not just analyzes nearly all of those scripts yet compares them to the novels and brief tales Faulkner used to be writing even as. Solomon’s objective is to reconcile features of a occupation that weren't as precise as they first may appear: Faulkner as a screenwriter and Faulkner as a excessive modernist, Nobel Prize–winning author.

Faulkner’s Hollywood sojourns happened in the course of a interval approximately bounded by means of the booklet of Light in August (1932) and A Fable (1954) and that still observed the ebook of Absalom, Absalom!; Go Down, Moses; and Intruder within the Dust. As Solomon indicates Faulkner attuning himself to the idiosyncrasies of the screen­writing procedure (a craft he by no means preferred or admired), he deals insights into Faulkner’s compositional perform, thematic preoccupations, and figuring out of either vintage cinema and the rising medium of tv. in the middle of this advanced trade of media and genres, a lot of Faulkner’s fiction of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties was once without delay prompted by means of his protracted engagement with the movie industry.

Solomon is helping us to determine a corpus integrating significantly assorted modes of writing and a stressed writer, delicate to different calls for of every. Faulkner was once by no means easily the southern novelist or the West Coast “hack author” yet consistently either right now. Solomon’s learn indicates that Faulkner’s screenplays are the most important in any attention of his way more esteemed fiction—and that the 2 sorts of writing are extra porous and intertwined than the writer himself may have us think. here's a significant American author visible in a remarkably new way.

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