By Merrill Maguire Skaggs

ISBN-10: 0803211236

ISBN-13: 9780803211230

ISBN-10: 0803256477

ISBN-13: 9780803256477

Axes strains the intimate dating among the texts released through Willa Cather and William Faulkner among 1922 and 1962. whilst these texts are juxtaposed and tested conscientiously, the 2 writers appear intensely aware of, and conscious of, each one other’s paintings. in truth, either at some point soon seem to have caricatured or parodied the opposite in print. Judging by way of the texts they left in the back of, they titillated, angry, exhilarated, and—especially—energized one another. a few readers might finish that for 40 years they helped create every one other—the rival geniuses and axes of yankee fiction within the 20th century. At the tip in their lives, Cather deliberate a narrative to seem posthumously as suggestion to Faulkner approximately existence and literary sort; he deliberate his final novel to respond to her in spirit and released it a month ahead of his dying. This groundbreaking research is provocative and likely to ignite the imaginations of literary critics and dedicated readers of every writer.

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As Blotner describes Faulkner during a short interval in the crucial late summer and early autumn of 1921 (when Cather was back on Bank Street and polishing One of Ours), he was living in Greenwich Village, in closest proximity to Washington Square. At this time, Blotner tells us, Faulkner tended to drop in at dinnertime on a couple called the Joices. Mrs. Joice recalls, “He was just back from the war and, in fact, he had a cane and walked with a limp. He was dressed in a light beige mackintosh, a dusty dark brown hat and a pipe.

Without human sight or insight, the words it symbolizes convey youthfully cynical derision, the tone that domi38 | bu z zi n g nates Mosquitoes. 8 Though Venus shines above him, Grenfell realizes that “he himself was . . ” (ob 149). Seen with moistened eyes, however, the morning star, the planet Venus, the sex instinct, can remind Grenfell of simple and self-evident delights. In Mosquitoes, Talliaferro declaims about “the spirit of youth, of something fine and hard and clean in the world; something we all desire until our mouths are stopped with dust” (m 26).

Knowing the danger, he also knows that “there was nothing on earth he would so gladly be as an atom in that wall of flesh and blood” (oo 149). Once he gets on board ship and away from home, Claude thinks, “In this massing and movement of men there was nothing mean or common, he was sure of that” (243). 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).

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