16. William Faulkner's Short Stories

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director1 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow2
  1. Hugh Ruppersburg Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch16

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Ruppersburg, H. (2010) William Faulkner's Short Stories, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • William Faulkner's short stories;
  • Mississippi novelist, William Faulkner - in an interview saying “I'm a failed poet”;
  • Faulkner's stories, in three different ways - works to be read and studied on their own merits;
  • Faulkner, writing his novels in discrete chunks of narrative;
  • in “A Rose for Emily,” his best-known story, unnamed member of the community relating the life of Emily Grierson;
  • “Barn Burning” - written in intense rhetorical style characterizing Faulkner's work;
  • Faulkner's most effective comic stories, “That Will Be Fine” (1935);
  • number of Faulkner's stories - focusing on isolation of characters;
  • “Mississippi,” an autobiographical essay published in Holiday magazine in 1954


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading