Books: Faulkner Speaking

Novelist William Faulkner, notably tight-lipped on home soil, last week found tongue for some reflections on life, letters and Faulkner, while attending the International Congress of Writers in Brazil.

¶ "I confess honestly that A Fable [his latest novel, TIME, Aug. 2] does not please me. It took nine years to write that book and I once tore up its first version. "Generally I don't read my countrymen's books. In fact, I read little. At my age [56], I prefer to read Flaubert, Balzac, Cervantes' Don Quixote and the Bible . . . The few times I tried to read Truman...

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