chapter  12
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William Faulkner

The fact that Faulkner has been singled out from other twentiethcentury novelists, and his work allocated an entire chapter, is not intended primarily as an indication of his literary pre-eminence. It is true that, since his death in 1962,his reputation has continued to grow steadily and that there are many critics who now think of him as his country’s greatest modem writer. The quality of his fiction then, together with its massive volume, would justify separate treatment as would its notorious difficulty. In the context of this particular history of the American novel, however, Faulkner presents additional prob­ lems which can best be tackled by separating him from his contemporaries.