Reviews for William Faulkner's the Sound and the Fury

The Book Report Reviews 1999 January-February
This series provides brief author biographies, analyses of the major themes and motifs of the novels, and chronologically arranged reprints of literary criticism. The biographical sketches focus on how major events in the authors' lives influenced their works, but are extremely brief. The critical extracts, which include essays by Cleanth Brooks, Jean-Paul Sartre, H.G. Wells, and Ralph Ellison, are also short; teachers who want to introduce their students to literary criticism may find them more useful than an entire essay. The chronological arrangement of the extracts shows the evolution of the novels' critical reception. However, most high school students will probably find this series too advanced. The editor, a Yale professor since 1955, uses such phrases as "the aestheticism of Stephen Daedalus" and "Henry James' praxis as a novelist" without explanation. In addition, many of the essays assume extensive prior literary knowledge of specific authors, such as Flaubert, or genres, s ch as the Gothic novel or chivalric romance. Except for a few Advanced Placement students, this series would have limited usefulness in a high school library. Contains bibliography; index. Optional Purchase. By Diana Jackson, English Teacher, Logan Elm High School, Circleville, Ohio and Shelley Glantz © 1999 Linworth Publishing, Inc.