What Do I Read Next?
Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) is tangentially related to Absalom, Absalom! because it shares several characters. Besides being one of Faulkner’s most widely read books, The Sound and the Fury is one of his many Yoknapatawpha novels, all of which are interrelated to varying degrees.
Roots, Alex Haley’s 1976 masterpiece, tells the story of the author’s ancestors, beginning with the African slave Kunta Kinte. Haley recounts his family’s history in an effort to bring them to life for the reader and to understand his own identity.
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (1971) provides a collection of short fiction that continues to reach readers through its universal themes and depictions of black and white relations in the South.
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (1980) contains the short fiction of Eudora Welty, one of Mississippi’s most respected authors. Welty is known for her distinctly southern storytelling style, and her work is a must for students of southern literature.