The Ink of Melancholy

Faulkner's Novels from The Sound and the Fury to Light in August

by André Bleikasten

Published by: Indiana University Press

416 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253022998
  • Published: October 2016


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  • eBook
  • 9780253023438
  • Published: October 2016


Ink of Melancholy re-examines and re-evaluates William Faulkner's work from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, one of his most creative periods. Rather than approach Faulkner's fiction through a prefabricated grid, André Bleikasten concentrates on the texts themselves—on the motivations and circumstances of their composition, on the rich array of their themes, structures, textures, points of emphasis and repetition, as well as their rifts and gaps—while drawing on the resources of philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology. Brilliant in its thought and argument, Ink of Melancholy is one of the most insightful and stimulating studies of Faulkner's work.