When was "A Rose for Emily" written?

William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" was written in 1929 and published in 1930.

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William Faulkner wrote this classic short story, widely considered to be his best work, in 1929. It was published in 1930.

"A Rose for Emily" is the somewhat macabre tale of the death and funeral of Miss Emily Grierson and the subsequent discovery that there is a skeleton...

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William Faulkner wrote this classic short story, widely considered to be his best work, in 1929. It was published in 1930.

"A Rose for Emily" is the somewhat macabre tale of the death and funeral of Miss Emily Grierson and the subsequent discovery that there is a skeleton in her bed, widely believed to be that of a lower-class Northerner with whom Emily had spent a lot of time some thirty years earlier. Homer Barron had been rumored to be Emily's fiancé prior to his disappearance. This would not have been the only time that Emily proved unwilling to acknowledge death, since after her father's death, she refused to accept the reality for three days and did not allow her father's body to be removed from the house during this time.

This story is one of several of Faulkner's stories that is set in the fictitious Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. It is often said to be an allegory for the Old South's resistance to change, with Emily representing the Old South and Homer representing modernization.

It is often surmised that the "rose" referred to in the title may be Homer, who was preserved by Emily in a similar manner to how roses are commonly preserved for the sake of posterity.

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