December 19, 2018

The Book

No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner.” -Eudora Welty

William Faulkner's Collected Stories book cover

UM Custom Edition of Faulkner’s Collected Stories.

The common reading selection for 2018 is William Faulkner’s Collected Stories. Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner’s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, 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 Yoknapatawapha County, but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I. They are populated by such characters as 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.

Selected Stories

Participants in the 2018 common read will focus on ten stories from the Collected Stories volume distributed at orientation. The ten stories are:

  • “Barn Burning”
  • “Two Soldiers”
  • “Shall Not Perish”
  • “A Rose for Emily”
  • “Hair”
  • “Dry September”
  • “Uncle Willy”
  • “Mule in the Yard”
  • “That Evening Sun”
  • “The Brooch”

Previous Common Reading Experience Selections

2017 – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
2016 – Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
2015- The Education of a Lifetime by Robert Khayat
2014- The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Won World War II by Denise Kiernan
2013- The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig Mullaney
2012- Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
2011- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot