Reading William Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury'

Author: Cotsell, Michael


ISBN 978-1-84760-055-4 PDF file size 914kb External hyperlinks One printing allowed Copying disabled.
This title is in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats: buy one, and download all three from 'My Bookshelf'

Recommend to your librarian

Our top-selling Study Guide is intended both for first-time readers of The Sound and the Fury and—since it offers new scholarship and critical argument on Faulkner—for established critics and scholars.
Having purchased this book you can download it in PDF (recommended) ePub or Mobi formats.

Chapter 1 provides some general context about Faulkner's life and work in the American South and “Yoknapatawpha County”, and introduces the form and style of Faulkner's novel.
Chapter 2 provides a discussion of the contexts of Southern history and Faulkner's family history.
Chapter 3 is a discussion of the influences on Faulkner of Modernist literature and Modernist psychology and philosophy.
Chapter 4 gives a close commentary on each of the novel's four narratives.

About the author

Dr. Michael Cotsell is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Delaware. He was the one time Associate Editor of the Dickens Companions series to which he contributed The Companion to “˜Our Mutual Friend” (Edinburgh University press, 1986) and the General Editor of the Series English Literature and the Wider World for which he edited the volume Creditable Warriors: English Literature and the Wider World, 1830-76 (Ashfield Press,1990). He has edited the World's Classics edition of Our Mutual Friend and volumes of critical essays on Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities and is the author of Barbara Pym (MacMillan, 1989). His most recent book is The Theater of Trauma: American Modernist Drama and the Psychological Struggle for the American Mind, 1900-1930 (Peter Lang, 2005). He continues to work on psychiatry and American Modernism.


Having purchased this book you can download it from your Bookshelf in PDF (recommended) ePub or Mobi formats.

Also available to library subscribers in Pdf format from

Also available in all Kindle stores and from B&N, Kobo, Gardners, and the iStore.

Customers who bought this book also bought:

Share |
Reading William Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury'

Review Comment


You don't enter the world that unfolds in William Faulkner's "The Sound and The Fury" without a little trepidation, and the assistance of a guide is quite appreciated. The tortured family relationships, psychological aspects, racial components, violence, awful beauty and awful pain can be a daunting read, but the rewards of this book are many and extremely worhwhile. Michael Cotsell gives us a key to a fuller appreciation of this classic American story of a Southern family by one of America's great authors. It is evident that he has given much thought to the book's interpretation, and his in-depth discussion of Caddy's character was both informative and finely written. This book is highly recommended for a fuller enjoyment of "The Sound and The Fury". --Mary C (a reader on Amazon)

Terms of Service

For more information about what we do and how we do it, please read our terms & conditions page for a full service breakdown.

Registered Address:
Humanities-Ebooks LLP
Clint Mill,
Cornmarket, Penrith
CA11 7HW

Our Partners

See our printed book selection at


Contact Information

Partnership No. OC324877
Registered in England and Wales


UK Web design & hosting by BFI