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Where in the actual novel (chapter number, etc.) can I locate Faulkner's longest...

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lazzarav | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2007 at 6:48 AM via web

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Where in the actual novel (chapter number, etc.) can I locate Faulkner's longest sentence (1,287 words) in "Absalom, Absalom?"?

Neither my reference librarians nor I can find it in the Guinness Book of World Records on-line or in the copies of the GBoWR at my campus library or on the internet. So I was hoping that a true Faulknerian could help me.

I'm in search of it because my students cannot believe that a sentence can be that long without being a run-on, so I would like to analyze it with them.


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chloemink | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 1, 2007 at 7:10 AM (Answer #1)

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I would recommend a flip through the book. I know the sentence goes on for a couple of pages and found that it begins with "They bore it as though..."


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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 2, 2007 at 2:30 AM (Answer #2)

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OK, I found it for you. It's on page 361 of the corrected text Modern Library edition. You can actually read some of the sentence online at Amazon, which has a search inside the book feature.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM (Answer #3)

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This question has been asked and answered in the previous question

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