Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper

Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper

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Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper


William Faulkner: A Life on Paper presents Faulkner as a struggling writer, father, and human being. He was moody, a periodic alcoholic, often in debt, affected in manner, and seemingly unable to make and retain significant relationships. Yet despite his apparent failings as a man (or perhaps because of them), Faulkner is perhaps the most successful and influential American literary artist of the 20th-century. Faulkner paved the way for many women writers to take up their pens and continue his literary quest into humankind’s psyche and the truth of our existence. His fathering of the many writers we will be reading this semester was a significant one; however, I am unsure if Jill Faulkner Sommers is able to forgive her father for his apparent neglect of fathering his true daughter.

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