I first met William Faulkner through his short story, Barn Burning. I was amazed at the instant recognition I had with the Snopes family. I was drawn in at the same time I was repulsed, both by the words on the paper as well as the experiences I had with people like Abner Snopes.
And, then, sweet, twisted, pathetic, creepy Emily and her necrophilia. Hmmm… I was hooked. What else did this man have to tell me, this William Faulkner? I wanted to know.
I was blessed to have an English teacher who trusted me enough to assign me texts that were outside of our textbook, and assign them she did. My reading list included Light in August (whoa, how’s that for out of the ordinary?!), The Sound and the Fury, and As I Lay Dying, along with his collected short stories.
And, these carried me for many years. I didn’t find Faulkner again until graduate school. And, I will happily admit, the Faulkner class I took was my all time favorite course. It was here that I found Absalom, Absalom!
I read it and read it and read it. It was just amazing to me that he created these living, breathing, loving, sinning, crazy characters.
Who’s your favorite southern fiction writer? A modern writer? A classic? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to find out (and add to my TBR list!)