As I Lay Dying

Significance

As I Lay Dying is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature.[4][5][8] The novel has been reprinted by the Modern Library,[9] the Library of America, and numerous publishers, including Chatto and Windus in 1970,[10] Random House in 1990,[11] Tandem Library in 1991,[12] and Vintage Books in 1996.[13] and the Folio Society in 2013. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949 for his novels prior to that date, with this book being among them. [14]

The novel has also directly influenced a number of other critically acclaimed books, including British author Graham Swift's 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel Last Orders[15] and Suzan-Lori Parks's Getting Mother's Body, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing.[16][17]

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked As I Lay Dying 35th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

The Grammy-nominated metalcore band As I Lay Dying derived its name from this novel.[18]

The character Darl Bundren also appeared in Faulkner's 1935 short story "Uncle Willy".


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