The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography
September 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Fictions of History: An Approach to Faulkner.
Part II: Faulkner the Apprentice.
Part III: Rewriting the Homeplace.
Part IV: Of Past and Present Conflicts.
Part V: Public Faces and Private Places.
Part VI: The Way Home.
- Major reassessment of the fiction in relation to the life
- Exhaustive coverage of Faulkner's writings
- Features an original exploration of Faulkner's controversial position on race.
"... much more than a level-headed biography, it's a profound and beautifully written interpretation of Faulkner and his work. Gray combines formidable knowledge of Southern literature, culture, and history with wide-ranging critical expertise, giving us a work that is both thoroughly grounded in Faulkner's world and richly provocative in its interpretation of that world. Few writers on Southern literature possess Gray's breadth of knowledge and depth of insight. The Life of William Faulkner goes far to solidify Gray's position as one of the premiere critics in the field." Professor Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr, University of Mississippi
"The critical discussions are the strength of this volume, especially the commentaries on the novels written from 1929 to 1935. Recommended." T. Bonner, Jr. Xavier University of Louisiana, Choice
"... the book exhibits some expository strengths, such as in illustrating how the economic history of the South, specifically the dominance of cotton and the sharecropping system, connects to the motifs in his fiction." Virginia Quarterly Review