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By Merrill Maguire Skaggs

Axes strains the intimate courting among the texts released by way of Willa Cather and William Faulkner among 1922 and 1962. whilst these texts are juxtaposed and tested rigorously, the 2 writers appear intensely aware of, and aware of, every one other’s paintings. in reality, either sooner or later seem to have caricatured or parodied the opposite in print. Judging through the texts they left at the back of, they titillated, angry, exhilarated, and—especially—energized one another. a few readers may possibly finish that for 40 years they helped create each one other—the rival geniuses and axes of yank fiction within the 20th century. At the top in their lives, Cather deliberate a narrative to seem posthumously as recommendation to Faulkner approximately lifestyles and literary sort; he deliberate his final novel to reply to her in spirit and released it a month sooner than his loss of life. This groundbreaking learn is provocative and certain to ignite the imaginations of literary critics and committed readers of every writer.

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Peter’s field). This change itself, however, echoes another passage in The Professor’s House, describing Roddy Blake’s “great respect for education,” though “he believed it was some kind of hocus-pocus that enabled a man to live without work” (ph 188). According to Faulkner’s Dawson Fairchild, to some extent modeled on Sherwood Anderson (New Orleans Sketches, xxi), [Education] doesn’t make us all brave or healthy or happy or wise, it doesn’t even keep us married. In fact, to take on education by the modern process is like marrying in haste and spending the rest of your life making the best of it.

And then he remembers that, after all, things could be worse. So Grenfell ends “Before Breakfast” with the declaration William Faulkner said he searched for. Faulkner said in 1966, “I’m trying to say it all in one sentence, between one Cap and one period” (Cowley 14). ” buzzin g | 39 Possession n ow w e m u s t fac e that harder question: why did Willa Cather care so much what Faulkner had done to The Professor’s House in Mosquitoes, since nobody was any longer reading Mosquitoes anyway? ” Obviously, these two writers had more unfinished business.

Once in uniform, he knows who he is, what he should do with his life, and what happiness feels like. Like most of his men, he’s eager to get into action as soon as possible, and thinks of the front as “the big show” (305). That’s the surprise —how much Cather’s Claude a sta rt i n g p oin t | 9 loves war, and how much William Faulkner chooses to believe other soldiers do, too. Cather spends 60 percent of her novel explaining why Claude is a discontented, poorly educated, frustrated, bitter young man who doesn’t enjoy farmwork.

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