The always insightful John Jeremiah Sullivan turns in a piece for the New York Times about William Faulkner, race, and Absalom, Absalom—as it turns out, it’s to be part of the introduction to the new volume of the novel.
JJS’s analysis is astute. I read this impenetrable book a few years ago, and probably would have been greatly benefited from a lucid introduction like this. The text I read—Faulkner’s corrected text—lacked any critical introduction. There were a few editor’s notes, mostly on textual notes, though, and there were genealogies and an overview of the characters. My tastes in Faulkner’s work may veer more traditional, as I still think Light in August is his finest novel.