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What kind of name is Vardaman?

There is a town named Vardaman in Mississippi, about 40 miles southeast of Oxford. Faulkner could have borrowed the name because he liked the sound of it. What's more likely, however, is that he used ...
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Meaning of this William Faulkner quote

I've never read the book, but I always assumed it meant something to the effect of "What happened to us in our past isn't gone and forgotten. It affects us all the time. It's with us in every moment."
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What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily?

This quote is from his short story A Rose For Emily. The full quote is: "She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue". It's important to give ...
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What kind of name is Vardaman?

James K. Vardaman was my great-grandfather (he was also later a US senator for MS). My brother has done a lot of family research, and though "Vardhaman" is I think Hindi/India, it seems my ...
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What was the origin of Emily Grierson's hereditary obligation upon the town?

Earlier on, Faulker tells us that Colonel Sartoris, the mayor . . . remitted her taxes, the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity. The colonel originally told Miss ...
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How are "sin and love and fear" "just sounds" in Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"?

I would think how words go straight up in a thin, line, quick and harmless, and how terribly doing goes along the earth, clinging to it, so that after a while the two lines are too far apart for ...
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Why didn't Faulkner split a 118-word sentence into three, In "Barn Burning" when he writes about the boy protagonist?

Brooks Landon has already provided the explanation in the final paragraph that you've quoted: just as the thinking of Hemingway’s old waiter is infinitely more tired and less active than the ...
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What is Faulkner's point of view in the "Address to the Graduating Class?"

The perspective you are talking about is generally applied to narration, not oratory or addresses. That said, this seems like it would be "2nd person".
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