Books: A Way Out of the Swamp?

INTRUDER IN THE DUST (247 pp.)—William Faulkner—Random House ($3).

Yocknapatawpha County, bound by the Tallahatchie and Yocknapatawpha Rivers in northern Mississippi, is one of the most remarkable landscapes created by the American imagination. Notably similar to

Lafayette County, where William Faulkner lives, it has become, in the novels of this most powerful of present-day American novelists, a symbolic place suggesting the diseased condition of the South and the entire modern world. In fiercely Gothic melodramas Faulkner has spun out his cobwebby legend of the South. Intruder in the Dust is the latest installment of...

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