Sartoris (1929) is rightly considered by many to be a seminal work but fewer would agree that it is a remarkable achievement in its own right, one that brings Faulkner suddenly into command of his art. As his earlier work shows, a way of giving convincing expression to youthful emotion had eluded his grasp until, with this book, the myth of the South came to activate his imagination, grounding his feelings in a context and suggesting a method that could do justice to them by being indulgent and indirectly critical at one and the same time. While, therefore, Sartoris is subordinated to Bayard Sartoris and works for him in the arrangement of light and dark, the movement of the seasons, the disposition of the characters and the atmosphere of ‘glamorous fatality’, it also allows us to see him more dispassionately as a man at war with himself, one who is a child both of the old South and the new and an embodiment of the conflicts between them.
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