Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Unvanquished
William Faulkner


In a series of episodes set during and after the American Civil War Faulkner profiles the people of the South – who might surrender but could never be vanquished. The characters are largely based on Faulkner’s own family; in particular, Colonel John Sartoris is a fairly faithful portrait of the author’s extraordinary great-grandfather – a notable personality who fought in Mexico, was tried for murder, raised a Confederate regiment, built a railway, ran a plantation, and published a bestseller.

Paperback, 304pp
Vintage Classics, 1996 (1938)
ISBN 9780099586012