“A splendid life of William Faulkner . . . Not only readable but downright enthralling.” — Seattle Times
William Faulkner was a literary genius, and one of America's most important and influential writers. Drawing on previously unavailable sourcesincluding letters, memoirs, and interviews with Faulkner's daughter and loversJay Parini has crafted a biography that delves into the mystery of this gifted and troubled writer. His Faulkner is an extremely talented, obsessive artist plagued by alcoholism and a bad marriage who somehow transcends his limitations. Parini weaves the tragedies and triumphs of Faulkner's life in with his novels, serving up a biography that's as engaging as it is insightful.
About the Author
Jay Parini is a professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. A writer and academic, he is best known for his novels and poetry. He is the author of the novel The Last Station, which is now a major motion picture from Sony Classics.
What People are Saying About This
“Parini’s candid, personal, and extremely readable book is the place to send readers looking for an overview of [Faulkner’s] career.”
“[Parini] has a fellow writer’s appreciation for Faulkner’s language, and expresses that appreciation vividly...His book pays eloquent tribute.”
“No living literary biographer, and few dead ones, surpass Jay Parini’s skill...[He] renders a formidable giant of letters accessible.
“Told with literary grace, pacing, and narrative drive... Jay Parini’s biography of William Faulkner easily tops all others.”
“Does everything a good literary biography should do…ONE MATCHLESS TIME is…a Faulkner biography for our time.”
“A worthy contribution to Faulkner scholarship . . . [Parini’s] deft handling of biographical fact forms a riveting narrative.”
“The heroic Parini hurries us directly back to THE SOUND AND THE FURY, LIGHT IN AUGUST, and ABSALOM, ABSALOM!”