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uncollected stories of william faulkner edited by joseph blotner

Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner edited by Joseph Blotner


New York : Random House, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. 716 pages ; 22 cm. $17.95 dust jacket. Near fine copy. No markings to pages. Binding is firm.

Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner

Random House published Collected Stories of William Faulkner in 1950. It contained forty-two stories, selected with the author's approval. Many others, some of them among his very best, were excluded on the grounds that after magazine appearance they had been revised to become chapters or sections of subsequently published novels. Some stories, published and unpublished, were not found for the 1950 collection, and some were omitted; six mystery-type stories had been gathered for Knight's Gambit (1949), and therefore were not included in this volume.

For a long time there has been a need for teachers and students of Faulkner to have easily available, in the form in which they were first written, stories that have been scattered in magazine files or are in private and library collections. Accordingly, these forty-five stories have been gathered here. Twenty of them became, after magazine publication, parts of other books—especially The Unvanquished and Go Down, Moses. Twelve, though published in periodicals or in limited or out-of-print editions, have never before been collected; and thirteen have not been printed anywhere.


JOSEPH BLOTNER grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, but lived and taught in the South for fifteen years. Educated at Drew, Northwestern, and the University of Pennsylvania, he interrupted his schooling to fly with the 8th Air Force in England during World War n. He then taught at the Universities of Idaho, Virginia, and North Carolina (Chapel Hill). At Virginia, he was a member and later chairman, of the Balch Committee, under whose auspices William Faulkner became Writer-in-Residence there. His writings on Faulkner include Faulkner: A Biography, Selected Letters of William Faulkner, Faulkner in the University (with Frederick L. Gwynn), and William Faulkner's Library: A Catalogue. His other books are The Political Novel, The Fiction of J. D. Salinger (with Frederick L. Gwynn), and 77ie Modem American Political Novel: 1900-1960.

Twice a Guggenheim Fellow and twice Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Copenhagen, Professor Blotner has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe on American Literature and particularly the work of Faulkner. During 1977 he served as the first William Faulkner Lecturer at the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Yvonne, live in Ann Arbor where he is Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

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