The novel's own history is two decades long, and too complicated to do more than sketch out here. It is a sequel of sorts to a pair of texts Faulkner published twenty years earlier: "That Evening Sun," where Nancy first appears, and Sanctuary , where Temple and Gowan get into the trouble that haunts them and their marriage in the dramatic portions of this novel. In early he resurrected the title, and probably some of the earlier story, though now he conceived of it as a play. This return was prompted by two women with whom it seems he wanted to have an affair: Ruth Ford, an actress whom he first met in the s and who later told him it was her dearest wish to have him write a play for her, and Joan Williams, a year-old college student with literary ambitions who in had sought him out as a mentor.
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Temple is now married to Gowan Stevens. In an attempt to save her, Temple goes to see the judge to confess her own guilt. Told partly in prose, partly in play form, Requiem for a Nun is a haunting exploration of the impact of the past on the present. A strange book even to come from the pen of the unpredictable Nobel prize winner. Here, on the one hand, he seems to have taken on the mantle of the ancient of , in long passages hymning the march of Requiem for a Nun.
William Faulkner. His family was rooted in local history: his great-grandfather, a Confederate colonel and state politician, was assassinated by a former partner in , and his grandfather was a wealth lawyer who owned a railroad. When Faulkner was five his parents moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he received a desultory education in local schools, dropping out of high school in Rejected for pilot training in the U.
Army, he passed himself off as British and joined the Canadian Royal Air Force in , but the war ended before he saw any service. After the war, he took some classes at the University of Mississippi and worked for a time at the university post office. Mostly, however, he educated himself by reading promiscuously. Faulkner had begun writing poems when he was a schoolboy, and in he published a poetry collection, The Marble Faun , at his own expense. His literary aspirations were fueled by his close friendship with Sherwood Anderson, whom he met during a stay in New Orleans.
In the meantime he had completed The Sound and the Fury , and when it appeared at the end of he had finished Sanctuary and was ready to begin writing As I Lay Dying. That same year he married Estelle Oldham, whom he had courted a decade earlier.
Although Faulkner gained literary acclaim from these and subsequent novels— Light in August , Pylon , Absalom, Absalom!
In all but one of Faulkner's novels were out of print, and his personal life was at low ebb due in part to his chronic heavy drinking. During the war he had been discovered by Sartre and Camus and others in the French literary world. In the postwar period his reputation rebounded, as Malcolm Cowley's anthology The Portable Faulkner brought him fresh attention in America, and the immense esteem in which he was held in Europe consolidated his worldwide stature.
Faulkner wrote seventeen books set in the mythical Yoknapatawpha County, home of the Compson family in The Sound and the Fury. He died of a heart attack on July 6,
Requiem for a Nun (Text Key 228)
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Requiem for a Nun
Requiem for a Nun is a work of fiction written by William Faulkner which was first published in It is a sequel to Faulkner's early novel Sanctuary , which introduced the characters of Temple Drake , her friend later husband Gowan Stevens, and Gowan's uncle Gavin Stevens. The events in Requiem are set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County and Jackson, Mississippi , in November and March , eight years after the events of Sanctuary. In Requiem , Temple, now married with a child, must learn to deal with her violent, turbulent past as related in Sanctuary. Requiem , originally published in book form, was later adapted for the stage.
Temple is now married to Gowan Stevens. In an attempt to save her, Temple goes to see the judge to confess her own guilt. Told partly in prose, partly in play form, Requiem for a Nun is a haunting exploration of the impact of the past on the present. A strange book even to come from the pen of the unpredictable Nobel prize winner. Here, on the one hand, he seems to have taken on the mantle of the ancient of , in long passages hymning the march of Requiem for a Nun. William Faulkner.
Nancy, a black nursemaid, is about to be hanged for killing her mistress's baby. The mother, Temple Drake, knows the reason why. The night before the execution, a lawyer pleads with Temple to intercede, but will the past allow for justice or absolution in the present? Switching between narrative prose and play script, this is Faulkner's haunting sequel to his earlier bestseller, Sanctuary. Now this was strange: part novel and part play and part who knows what.