William Faulkner Long Fiction Analysis
When William Faulkner accepted the Nobel Prize in December, 1950, he made a speech that has become a justly famous statement of his perception of the modern world and of his particular place in it. In the address, Faulkner speaks of the modern tragedy of the spirit, the threat of instant physical annihilation, which seems to overshadow “the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.” He argues that all fiction should be universal and spiritually significant, “a pillar” to help humankind “endure and prevail.” Literature can be such a pillar if it deals with “the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed—love and honor and pity and pride and...
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