Just finished reading Light in August. I finally completed reading Faulkner's major works, and I think he's the great American writer simply because I can't think of an American with five masterpieces to their name. Faulkner has The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, As I Lay Dying, and The Unvanquished. One can even mention The Mansion.
I thought I read the best Southern Gothic novel when I read O'Connor's Violent Bear it Away, but this also takes the cake. This is probably Faulkner's best work with regard to characterization, with such vivid outcasts featured throughout the novel. Joe Christmas is also an inscrutable, well-made, damned character.
Any thoughts about Light in August?
>I can't think of an American with five masterpieces to their name
>who is Gaddis
Seriously though, there has to be a re-discovery or appreciation of Faulkner. Too long, he's been the go-to southern Gothic writer. People need to find his work on their own rather than have to slog through AILD (excellent as it is) for senior English.
Here in the Philippines, most English teachers hate Faulkner because he's hard to read. I was called by my lit professor ages ago weird because I actually persevered in reading him.
They usually pick Steinbeck or Hemingway for American literature. Sometimes Morrison is also recommended. No one's heard of Gaddis or Gass, and I've had to do my own stumbling on Hawkes.
I will read Gaddis one of these days, though. Thanks for reminding me.
At most Gaddis has 2 masterpieces
I agree with the OP though, Faulkner is a rare writer who maintains a supremely high level throughout a great many novels. I have yet to read Absalom Absalom but im expecting great things.
I will say however that i believe the Great American novel was Moby Dick but Faulkner may be the Great Novelist.
>I was nothing, a shout in the playground, a rock in scree, the hooting of a car horn.
>Could I do this to her? Could I have this effect on her?
>Could I have this affect on anyone?
>For Hanne, I was a nobody and would remain so.
>For me, she was everything.
God damn /lit/ you didn't tell me this would be so emotional.
Who are your top three favorite philosophers?
Just read this for the first time. This book is really fascinating has anyone else heard of it?
Post the introductory paragraph to the novel you're currently working on.
The fat neckbeard giggled to himself and hit Enter. Electronic impulses flowed from his keyboard and out through the air and connected to the internet. The small text he had written now flooded the screens of the entire population of /lit/. All five of them furrowed their brows. Tony and Mark the gay lovers (who by themselves made up 40% of the content on the literature sub4chan) pulled away from each other in their haste to see what had come up. The text was written in big grey letters that overlapped the small pictures of frogs on their dusty laptop screen. It read:
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When did you realize that the Islamic State is the living realization of the radical Traditionalist revolt against modernity that men like Julius Evola dreamed of?
ISIS is pretty cool once you get down to it. Cyberpunk hackers, neo-situationist rebels taking denouement to extreme new heights, 21st century Rockstars badass tribal warriors and defenders of eternal tradition against modern degeneracy
Is there a correlation between homosexuality and creativity/intelligence?
I don't know, but they seem to be a lot more creative than straight people such as myself.
As a gay guy im not really creative in an artsy way, although I read a lot and love philosophy. Most gay men grow up more attached to women than men, and it's possible they pick up women's more creative instincts
>Being this new
Science has already proven that creativity and IQ are both elements of the male sperm: it's a well known fact that the number of dicks sucked has a direct linear relationship with the quality of your work and the success of your life.
I can't seem to find very many flowcharts for authors in the sticky, thought it might be nice to do a dump of what we have. I'll go first
Strictly book readers need to quit their bitching and fuck off. It is still the number one show on television. Just be grateful your book series gets a TV deal in the first place, ungrateful faggots.
What does /lit/ think of this?
What's a good annotated version of Moby Dick I can get off Amazon? I didn't understand a lot of it on my first read a year ago
Why is this book so shit?
Do you think BEE knows about this meme?
>what BEE attempting to understand meme culture would be like
>he likes Pynchon
>he hasnt read Dodge
Whats your excuse, plebs?
I work at Half Price Books (largest used book dealer in the US, for those unfamiliar.) as you can see in pic related, it's dead in here. Raining outside. What should I look for to read till I get off?