ÒI set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.Ó ÑWilliam Faulkner on As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is FaulknerÕs harrowing account of the Bundren familyÕs odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family membersÑincluding Addie herselfÑas well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th-century classic.
This edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Noel Polk.