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William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897, into a family that had been deeply rooted in the area for generations. The eldest of four boys, Faulkner grew up in nearby Oxford, and lived there for much of the rest of his life. At 21, during World War I, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he changed the spelling of his surname from Falkner to Faulkner. The following year, though he had never finished high school, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He dropped out after several semesters, later working as a postmaster at the university.

Faulkner published his first book, a volume of poems called The Marble Faun, in 1924. In 1925, he lived in New Orleans, where he met Sherwood Anderson...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of William Faulkner's Work

Light in August

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Will Patton
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(50)
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(23)
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An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

Robert Stevens says: "Superb reading of an excellent work"

The Wild Palms

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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(3)
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(3)
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In New Orleans in 1937, a man and woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict risks his one chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation.

The Town: A Novel of the Snopes Family

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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(4)
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(3)
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(3)

The story of Flem Snopes' ruthless struggle to take over the town of Jefferson, Mississippi, this is the second volume of Faulkner's trilogy about the Snopes family, his symbol for the grasping, destructive element in the post-bellum South.

B. Leddy says: "Narrator makes Faulkner accessible"

The Mansion: A Novel of the Snopes Family

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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(4)
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(2)
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(2)

The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem.

B. Leddy says: "Narrator makes Faulkner Accessible"

A Fable

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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(1)
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(1)

An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment.