THE SADDEST WORDS: WILLIAM FAULKNER'S CIVIL WAR
in conversation with Anthony Giardina
A virtual event
Michael Gorra's new book invites us to rethink Faulkner for contemporary times. The book is a deft melding of biography, history, and criticism into a portrait of Faulkner. It portrays not only the man--the citizen of the South and his local milie-- but also the writer within the man, who saw and felt with a depth and range that the man himself could not always attain.Gorra shows how the conflict between the two made for a kind of inner Civil War. Gorra puts Faulkner in the context of other American regional writers, talks about the evolution of Faulkner's invented Yoknapatawpha County, and meditates on why the South could not forget the Civil War. Elegantly written, both erudite and conversational, this book will absorb you and make you think not only about Faulkner and his times but about our own moment in history.
Michael Gorra is Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English at Smith, and the author of a number of books, among them The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany; After Empire: Scott, Naipaul and Rushdie, and most recently, Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece. He is also frequent and highly respected contributor to the New York Review.
Anthony Giardina is a novelist, short story witer, and playwright, whose plays have appeared in urban centers around the country. He is the author of short story collectionThe Country of Marriage, and the novels White Guys and Recent History.