Books: Tales in the Marketplace

UNCOLLECTED STORIES OF WILLIAM FAULKNER Edited by Joseph Blotner; Random House; 716 pages; $17.95

Although he labored in obscurity throughout his early career, William Faulkner lived to see an academic cottage industry grow up around his books. Since his death, in 1962, the business has boomed into a vast factory, belching out theses, dissertations, books, articles, catalogues of trivia, notes and querulousness. Raw material is naturally at a premium. If a single word that Faulkner wrote and neglected to destroy has not been discovered, some professorial truffle hound will doubtless find and publish it.

Yet Uncollected Stories proves that the law of diminishing...

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