Knight's Gambit (Hardcover)

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Originally published in 1949, William Faulkner's Knight's Gambit is a collection of six stories written in the 1930s and 1940s that focus on the criminal investigations of Yoknapatawpha's long-time county attorney, Gavin Stevens?a man more interested in justice than the law. All previous and current editions of Knight's Gambit have been based on the first edition, which is fraught with a number of problems. Since tear sheets of the five previously published stories were used in setting the first edition, the original Knight's Gambit is a hodgepodge of various magazines? house styles with no consistency in punctuation and spelling conventions from story to story.

Far greater issues arise, however, from the substantive (and sometimes substantial) changes magazine editors made to Faulkner's prose. These changes were made variously for concision, propriety, or magazine design. Sometimes northern editors removed the southernness of Faulkner's stories, either out of ignorance of the South or in order to appeal to a mass audience. Using four previously unknown Faulkner typescripts, along with other manuscript and typescript evidence, John N. Duvall presents an edition of Knight's Gambit that restores over four thousand words that editors cut from the stories.

Also included is an introduction by Duvall discussing the role of detective fiction and popular magazines in creating a different kind of postwar readership for Faulkner that paves the way for the eventual republication of Faulkner's modernist masterpieces. The new edition enables readers to reevaluate the stories of Knight's Gambit and their place in Faulkner's career as a short story writer.

About the Author

William Faulkner (1897?1962) is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His novels include The Sound and the Fury; Light in August; Absalom, Absalom!; Sanctuary; and As I Lay Dying. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. John N. Duvall is Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of English at Purdue University and editor of Modern Fiction Studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496842039
ISBN-10: 1496842030
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English