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William Faulkner: The 1930s


William Faulkner: The 1930s

Price: $130 ($110 members)

Six Fridays, every other week: June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m.
This class is fully enrolled; please call the store if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


Classes 1 and 2:
As I Lay Dying

Classes 3 and 4:
Light in August

Classes 5 and 6:
The Wild Palms




This summer, let your reading transport you to Mississippi. Fifty years after his death, Faulkner remains a major figure in American literary culture. This six-week course will explore three Faulkner novels of the 1930s: As I Lay Dying (1930), Light in August (1932), and The Wild Palms (1939). Whether he uses 15 narrators in a single book, a group of complex and history-obsessed characters, or two alternating stories in novel form, Faulkner engages and challenges readers, and these early works are demonstrative of the talent and versatility that earned him a Nobel Prize, two National Book Awards, and two Pulitzer Prizes, among other honors.

The only requirement is an interest in learning more about Faulkner and his work. This class will take the form of a guided discussion, with interaction and debate encouraged.


Joseph Fruscione is adjunct professor of English at Georgetown University and adjunct assistant professor of First-Year Writing at George Washington University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Delaware (BA, 1996) and graduate work at George Washington University (PhD, 2005), and he has been teaching literature and writing at the university level since 1999. His first book, Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry, was published by Ohio State University Press in January 2012 ( He has published articles and reviews about several American authors, and he writes the annual bibliographical essay on Fitzgerald and Hemingway studies for American Literary Scholarship. He has also written on Ralph Ellison's complex relationship with Hemingway in a forthcoming essay from the collection Hemingway and the Black Renaissance (eds. Gary Holcomb and Charles Scruggs, Ohio State UP 2012).


As I Lay Dying (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780679732259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 1/1991

Light in August (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780679732266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 1/1991

The Wild Palms (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780679741930
Availability: Not currently shipping from publisher – Subject to future availability
Published: Vintage, 10/1995