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Just Listen Podcast: "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

Just Listen Podcast: "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

Although short in physical stature, William Faulkner is considered a giant in American Literature, having won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and being acclaimed as one of America’s premier Southern writers.

“A Rose for Emily" is a short story by Faulkner first published on April 30, 1930, in an issue of The Forum. The story takes place in Faulkner's fictional city of Jefferson, Mississippi, the locus for many of his writings, modeled after his own hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. It was the first of Faulkner’s short stories to be published in a national magazine. Highly anthologized, “A Rose for Emily” begins with a title reminiscent of a lover’s offering and ends with a grisly reminder of the extent to which small town eccentricities can bloom into horror.

Known to be an immoderate drinker, Faulkner is believed to have delivered his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in Stockholm while roaring drunk.

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner…we begin….