Summer 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Consequence of Fame

The Private World Of William Faulkner: The Man, The Legend, The Writer by Robert Coughlan. Harper's. $2.75. It is testimony of a kind to a writer that the size of matter published about him should exceed considerably the amount published by himself. Since the Nobel Prize was awarded Faulkner, there have been six books and at least two more are promised. The number of essays—studies, journalistic accounts of his home and habits, explications, and so on—has increased proportionately. The Faulkner of A Fable comes to us attended by a host of critics, professors, and journalists. The clichés of past Faulkner criticism have all but disappeared; even the Mississippi press is now reconciled to his fame and for the most part proud of it. Most of the books published since 1951 must be classified as "introductions." Indeed, this is true of all but a small share of Faulkner criticism. This means that the Faulkner work has not been accepted as a matter of course, but must rather be

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