Destination: New Orleans
Book: New Orleans Sketches by William Faulkner
As I indicated in an earlier post, William Faulkner did not spend a great deal of time in New Orleans. He was a young writer switching from poetry to fiction writing when he took an apartment in what is now Faulkner House Books. He wrote short pieces that the New Orleans Times-Picayune published, back in the day when newspapers printed literature as well as news. Those pieces have been gathered in the book called New Orleans Sketches.
Faulkner made $4 a piece for the sketches he sold to the Times-Picayune, but earned much more in the practice of development of description and characters.
Any aficionado of Faulkner’s work will enjoy seeing his beginnings. On the other hand, if his complexity has flummoxed you as a reader, you may find enjoyment in these simpler pieces.
At any rate, you will see an interesting picture of New Orleans circa 1925.
Are you a Faulkner fan or does he mystify you? Let us know.
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