Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faulkner in color & original dust jackets

Joe Whitlock Blundell, production director of the Folio Society's Limited Editions, talked in his blog recently of typesetting the text of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury in various colors to help the poor beleaguered  reader in following the different strands of the story.
The narrator of the first section of the book is Benjy, the idiot alluded to in the book’s title; in this page, for example, his ‘present day’ narrative which resumes towards the foot of the page, is printed in black, while the green and brown passages form part of his memories of two different days in childhood, about twenty years earlier. This is a notoriously tough novel to read, and I’ve found that this approach to the text – which was wished for by Faulkner himself, but never before realised in print – is enormously helpful to one’s understanding it.
This may encourage many of us to give the book another go .... how about you?
All of these pristine images of original Faulkner dust jackets come from, a site you can really get lost in!

BTW, the Daedalus $5 off $50 purchase offer runs through midnight on Thanksgiving day.

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