Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Wild Palms
William Faulkner


“Between grief and nothing I will take grief.” In New Orleans in 1937, a man and woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his one chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed with fatal injuries of the spirit.

Paperback, 304pp
Vintage Classics, 2000 (1939)
ISBN 9780099282921