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As I Lay Dying Lesson Plan

Introduction to As I Lay Dying

Published in 1930, As I Lay Dying is one of Faulkner's most famous novels, surpassed only by The Sound and the Fury. Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying while working at a power plant at the University of Mississippi. With its publication, Faulkner continued the work he started with The Sound and the Fury, and solidified his reputation as a writer in the modernist style, joining the likes of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

The novel tells a simple story of a family journeying across Mississippi to bury their mother. As we follow the Bundren family, we see how grief affects each of them differently, and are given a glimpse into the anxieties and secrets that each member keeps from the rest....

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