Books: Growing Myth

WILLIAM FAULKNER: ESSAYS,SPEECHES AND PUBLIC LETTERS, edited by James 8. Meriwether. 233 pages. Random House. $6.

William Faulkner had a thing about privacy. "If I were reincarnated," he once told a friend, "I'd want to come back as a buzzard. Nothing hates him, or envies him, or wants him, or needs him; he's never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything."

Because Faulkner only rarely gave interviews about his work, never permitted journalists to pry into his private life, and refused to play the celebrity, the press made him something of a myth-laden...

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