DATE: Sunday October 18, 2020
LOCATION: Zoom link will be provided approximately 1 week before the event
TIME: 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time
As I Lay Dying by Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner is considered by many as one of the best novels of the 20th Century (Modern Library Editorial Board). The publisher, Vintage International describes this relatively short novel as ” Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members-including Addie herself, as well as others in the community, the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos”.
The Cornell Club and the University of Virginia Club are fortunate to enhance our discussion of the novel by the participation of Professor Emeritus Stephen Railton, Department of English, University of Virginia. Dr. Railton’s academic focus has included great American authors such as Mark Twain, James Fenimore Cooper and William Faulkner. Faulkner served as Writer-in-Residence in 1957 and 1958 at the University of Virginia. Dr. Railton orchestrated digital projects relating to Faulkner’s conversations, lectures and writings while at the University. His work captures the quality of the novel as Faulkner while at the University repeatedly referred to As I Lay Dying as his “tour de force”.
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