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Word for the Wise September 25, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Faulknerian

William Cuthbert Falkner was born on this date in 1897. Faulkner added the "U" to the spelling of his last name to make it appear more British (when he was trying to enlist in Canada抯 Royal Air Force during the First World War); the spelling took, and that is the way we remember him today. (来源:英语交友 http://friends.englishcn.com)

You know we won抰 stop our remembrance of the Pulitzer and Nobel-prize-winning novelist Faulkner with a mention of his adding a "U" to his name: The creator of Mississippi抯 Yoknapatawpha County gave birth to characters who are prisoners of their pasts, their society, and themselves. As Faulkner observed, "The past is not dead. In fact, it抯 not even past."

William Faulkner left us the allusive Faulknerian, used to describe something resembling his characters, themes, settings, or style. We抳e already talked about his doomed characters and his Southern setting; Faulkner抯 themes tend to tragedy and his style is dense, suggestive of underlying chaos. "Given a choice between grief and nothing," wrote William Faulkner, "I抎 choose grief."

Now that we have a sense of what Faulknerian means, we抣l close with some Faulknerian philosophy: "I never know what I think about something," claimed William Faulkner, "until I read what I抳e written on it."

 
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