Common Reading Experience
Collected Short Stories


Collected Short Stories


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Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner's stories evoke the intimate textures of pace, the deep strata of history and legend, and all the fear, brutality, and tenderness of the human condition. These tales are set not only in Yoknapatawpha County, but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I. They are populated by such characters as the Faulknerian archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the protagonists of most novels.

Among the 42 selections in this book, participants in the 2018 UM Common Reading Experience were asked to focus on these ten particular classics: "The Brooch," "A Rose for Emily," "Two Soldiers," "Barn Burning," "Hair," "Dry September," "Uncle Willy," "Shall Not Parish," "That Evening Sun," and "Mule in the Yard."

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American Literature

Subject Headings (LCSH)

Southern States -- Social Life and customs -- Fiction


Link to research resource guide for Collected Stories, compiled by UM Libraries.

Additional files include:

  • Schedule of public events related to Collected Stories
  • Classroom resource guide created by EDHE, Library, and Writing and Rhetoric Faculty and Staff

Collected Short Stories