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William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! : a critical study
Ragan, David Paul, 1952-
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Ann Arbor : UMI Research Press, [1987]

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222 pages ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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PS3511.A873 A6768 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ragan's study is the most comprehensive examination of Absalom, Absalom! that has thus far appeared. Although there are no new startling revelations about the novel, Ragan's discussion of the functions and limitations of the four narrators-Quentin Compson, Jason Compson, Rosa Coldfield, and Shreve McCannon-is extremely useful in helping the reader to separate the ``facts'' of Thomas Sutpen's life from the conjectures of these four narrators. Most importantly, Ragan attempts to explain, through psychological and cultural analyses of the four (with particular emphasis upon Quentin), the motivations and reasons for their often quite disparate conjectures and for their conflicting views of Sutpen's character. The introductory chapter posits a number of sources for the novel, including Faulkner's short stories ``Evangeline'' and ``Wash'' and his first great novel, The Sound and the Fury. The examination of the relationship between the Quentin Compson of the earlier novel and the Quentin Compson of Absalom, Absalom! may be the most compelling and the most controversial part of this study. There is an index and a particularly useful annotated bibliography of secondary sources. Recommended primarily for specialists.-C.E. Davis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro