Faulkner classics receive a Modern makeover
Modern Library, an imprint of publishing giant Random House, has recently announced that it will be releasing six works this summer by the Nobel Prize-winning American master William Faulkner, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death.
To inject some new life into the project, they've enlisted the help of writers such as John Jeremiah Sullivan, Marilynne Robinson, and E. L. Doctorow to write introductions to the new editions. Among the works selected are a few of Faulkner's perennial classics: The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom; and As I Lay Dying.
Though Faulkner's work is a staple of college literature courses and hardly in need of being revived, it remains a cultural touchstone for readers and writers who are looking to explore the more experimental side of American literature. A little guidance from the new introductions should help to reveal his work to the next generation of ambitious scribes.