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One Matchless Time : A Life Of William Faulkner - Jay Parini

One Matchless Time

A Life Of William Faulkner

Paperback Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780060935559
Number Of Pages: 492

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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.

"A splendid life of William Faulkner . . . Not only readable but downright enthralling."--Seattle Times "No living literary biographer, and few dead ones, surpass Jay Parini's skill...[He] renders a formidable giant of letters accessible.--Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and biographer of Mark Twain "A matchless look at the writer... With his characteristic elegance, Parini captures splendidly Faulkner's... inestimable literary achievement."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "An accomplished novelist and biographer, Parini . . . provides a brisk, engrossing account of Faulkner's life."--Oregonian "Told with literary grace, pacing, and narrative drive... Jay Parini's biography of William Faulkner easily tops all others."--Frank Lentricchia, Duke University "Does everything a good literary biography should do...ONE MATCHLESS TIME is...a Faulkner biography for our time."--Joseph Blotner, Sewanee Review "Fine biography... Parini maintains a good balance of the man and his art. [His] analyses ring true."--Tennessean "Parini's candid, personal, and extremely readable book is the place to send readers looking for an overview of [Faulkner's] career."--William H. Pritchard, Commonweal "The time is right for a biography like Jay Parini's ONE MATCHLESS TIME."--Wall Street Journal "Irresistible...A new understanding of how [Faulkner] connected his violent, inchoate past with literature's perdurable future...Reads like a novel."--Christian Science Monitor "[Parini] has a fellow writer's appreciation for Faulkner's language, and expresses that appreciation vividly...His book pays eloquent tribute."--J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books "Nothing less than spellbinding . . . It captures the essence of Faulkner's life with the narrative drive of a novel."--Houston Chronicle "A worthy contribution to Faulkner scholarship . . . [Parini's] deft handling of biographical fact forms a riveting narrative."--Victor Strandberg, Chicago Tribune "The heroic Parini hurries us directly back to THE SOUND AND THE FURY, LIGHT IN AUGUST, and ABSALOM, ABSALOM!"--John Leonard, Harper's Magazine Does everything a good literary biography should do ONE MATCHLESS TIME is a Faulkner biography for our time. --Joseph Blotner, Sewanee Review" A splendid life of William Faulkner . . . Not only readable but downright enthralling. --Seattle Times" [Parini] has a fellow writer s appreciation for Faulkner s language, and expresses that appreciation vividly...His book pays eloquent tribute. --J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books" Irresistible...A new understanding of how [Faulkner] connected his violent, inchoate past with literature s perdurable future...Reads like a novel. --Christian Science Monitor" A worthy contribution to Faulkner scholarship . . . [Parini s] deft handling of biographical fact forms a riveting narrative. --Victor Strandberg, Chicago Tribune" Parini s candid, personal, and extremely readable book is the place to send readers looking for an overview of [Faulkner s] career. --William H. Pritchard, Commonweal" Nothing less than spellbinding . . . It captures the essence of Faulkner s life with the narrative drive of a novel. --Houston Chronicle" The heroic Parini hurries us directly back to THE SOUND AND THE FURY, LIGHT IN AUGUST, and ABSALOM, ABSALOM! --John Leonard, Harper's Magazine" A matchless look at the writer... With his characteristic elegance, Parini captures splendidly Faulkner s... inestimable literary achievement. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution" Fine biography... Parini maintains a good balance of the man and his art. [His] analyses ring true. --Tennessean" Parinihis prose crystalline, his interpretation proficientbrilliantly illuminates Faulkner s complex psyche... Engrossing and revelatory, this is a landmark biography.--Booklist (starred review)" The time is right for a biography like Jay Parini s ONE MATCHLESS TIME. --Wall Street Journal" An accomplished novelist and biographer, Parini . . . provides a brisk, engrossing account of Faulkner s life. --Oregonian" No living literary biographer, and few dead ones, surpass Jay Parini s skill...[He] renders a formidable giant of letters accessible.--Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and biographer of Mark Twain" Told with literary grace, pacing, and narrative drive... Jay Parini s biography of William Faulkner easily tops all others. --Frank Lentricchia, Duke University" Parini his prose crystalline, his interpretation proficient brilliantly illuminates Faulkner s complex psyche... Engrossing and revelatory, this is a landmark biography.--Booklist (starred review)" Parini--his prose crystalline, his interpretation proficient--brilliantly illuminates Faulkner's complex psyche... Engrossing and revelatory, this is a landmark biography.--Booklist (starred review)

ISBN: 9780060935559
ISBN-10: 0060935553
Series: P. S. Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 1st June 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.51  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.45