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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.

Media Adaptations

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“A Rose for Emily” was adapted for film by Chubbuck Cinema Co. It was produced and directed by Lyndon Chubbuck and written by H. Kaye Dyal. Anjelica Huston plays the role of Miss Emily.

Bibliography and Further Reading

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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 Emily.’’’ In The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring, 1993, pp. 3, 7.

Schwab, Milinda. ‘‘A Watch for Emily.’’ In Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 1992, p. 216.

Warren, Robert Penn. Introduction to Faulkner: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1966, p. 9.

Further Reading

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and Perverse Delight: Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily.’’’ InModern Fiction Studies, Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 685–96. A fine overview of the story, featuring an in-depth psychological analysis of the character of Emily.

Blotner, Joseph. Faulkner: A Biography. New York: Random House, 1974. This exhaustive study written by one of Faulkner’s colleagues at the University of Virginia is considered by most critics to be the definitive Faulkner biography.

Jacobs, John T. ‘‘Ironic Allusions in ‘A Rose for Emily.’’’ In Notes on Mississippi Writers, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1982, pp. 77–79. Jacobs provides a critical analysis of the role that the character of Homer Barron plays in the story.

Wilson, G. R., Jr. ‘‘The Chronology of Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’ Again.’’ In Notes on Mississippi Writers, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall, 1972, pp. 43–62. Wilson devises a seemingly logical timeline for the story.

Winchell, Mark Royden. ‘‘For All the Heart’s Endeavor: Romantic Pathology in Browning and Faulkner.’’ In Notes on Mississippi Writers, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1983, pp. 57–63. Winchell compares ‘‘A Rose for Emily’’ with Robert Browning’s poem ‘‘Porphyrias Lover.’’


Historical and Social Context