A Rose for Emily Connections and Further Reading
by William Faulkner

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(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Brooks, Cleanth. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha County. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1963. This venerable classic of Faulkner criticism is one of the best introductions, treating Faulkner’s characteristic themes and historical and social background and offering detailed readings of the major novels and stories. Includes carefully prepared notes, appendixes, and a character index.

Kirk, Robert W., and Marvin Klotz. “A Rose for Emily.” In Faulkner’s People: A Complete Guide and Index to the Characters in the Fiction of William Faulkner. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963. Identifies all the named characters in “A Rose for Emily” and describes the role of each character in terms of the plot.

Porter, Carolyn. William Faulkner. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. A concise and informative biographical work that spans Faulkner’s entire life but focuses primarily on his most prolific period, from 1929 to 1940. Offers insightful analysis of his major works.

Skei, Hans H. “A Rose for Emily.” In Reading Faulkner’s Best Short Stories. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. Skei addresses critical questions about apparent inconsistencies in the narrator’s voice and the appropriate genre designation for this story.

Towner, Theresa M. The Cambridge Introduction to William Faulkner. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. An accessible resource, aimed at students and general readers. Provides detailed analyses of Faulkner’s works and information about the critical reception for his fiction.

Towner, Theresa M., and James Carothers. “A Rose for Emily.” In Reading Faulkner’s Collected Stories. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999. Towner and Carothers survey criticism about the story, including criticism of Miss Emily’s personality. Also explains key phrases used in the story.

Wagner-Martin, Linda, ed. William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2002. A collection of critical essays interpreting Faulkner’s work from perspectives such as language theory, feminism, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


Birk, John F. ‘‘Tryst Beyond Time: Faulkner’s Emily and Keats.’’ In Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 1991, pp. 203-13.

Gregory, Horace. Review of The Collected Stories of William Faulkner. In New York Herald Tribune, August 20, 1950, p. 1.

Gwynn, Frederick L., and Joseph Blotner. Faulkner in the University: Class Conferences at the University of Virginia, 1957-1958. University of Virginia Press, 1959, p. 26.

Hays, Peter L. ‘‘Who Is Faulkner’s Emily?’’ In Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1988, pp. 105-110.

Levitt, Paul. ‘‘An Analogue for Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily.’’’ In Papers on Language and Literature, Vol. 9, 1973, p. 91.

Littler, Frank A. ‘‘The Tangled Thread of Time: Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily.’’’ In Notes on Mississippi Writers, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1982, p. 80.

Mellard, James M. ‘‘Faulkner’s Miss Emily and Blake’s Sick Rose: Invisible Worm, Nachtraglichkeit, and Retrospective Gothic.’’ In The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall, 1986, pp. 39-41.

Minter, David. William Faulkner: His Life and Work. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980, 1997, pp. 1, 14, 16.

Rodman, Isaac. ‘‘Irony and Isolation: Narrative Distance in Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for...

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