One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner

One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner

by Jay Parini

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Overview

“Nothing less than spellbinding . . . It’s an eye-opener. Anecdotal without being tawdry, analytical without being academic, it captures the essence of Faulkner’s life with the narrative drive of a novel.” — Houston Chronicle

“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 sources—including letters, memoirs, and interviews with Faulkner's daughter and lovers—Jay 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060935559
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2005
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 868,387
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Michael Hoffman is a filmmaker known for creating complex and layered stories with great attention to detail and character. A skilled writer and director, he has worked on both feature films and documentaries, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Emperor's Club, Game of Six, and the ESPN documentary Out of the Blue. The Last Station is his most recent film.

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

William H. Pritchard

“Parini’s candid, personal, and extremely readable book is the place to send readers looking for an overview of [Faulkner’s] career.”

J. M. Coetzee

“[Parini] has a fellow writer’s appreciation for Faulkner’s language, and expresses that appreciation vividly...His book pays eloquent tribute.”

Ron Powers

“No living literary biographer, and few dead ones, surpass Jay Parini’s skill...[He] renders a formidable giant of letters accessible.

Frank Lentricchia

“Told with literary grace, pacing, and narrative drive... Jay Parini’s biography of William Faulkner easily tops all others.”

Joseph Blotner

“Does everything a good literary biography should do…ONE MATCHLESS TIME is…a Faulkner biography for our time.”

Victor Strandberg

“A worthy contribution to Faulkner scholarship . . . [Parini’s] deft handling of biographical fact forms a riveting narrative.”

John Leonard

“The heroic Parini hurries us directly back to THE SOUND AND THE FURY, LIGHT IN AUGUST, and ABSALOM, ABSALOM!”

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