Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Jackson!
Today we continue our discussion of the two greatest authors from Mississippi. Since I learned that Florence King is not truly from the state, we are back to two greats. Yesterday we talked about Jill Conner Browne and today we will discuss William Cuthbert Faulkner. Tell me Cuthbert is not a family name.
Since I have to prepare for going to the Zippity Do Dah Parade, and everybody has heard of William Faulkner, I am going to skip the discussion and draw a chart showing the comparison and contrast between Jill Conner Browne and William Cuthbert Faulkner. I know that comparing and contrasting those two is like apples and oranges, oil and water, or any other dichotomous elements resulting from extreme differentiating social factors. Sorry did not realize my doctor hat was still on for that last part.
William Cuthbert Faulkner v Jill Conner Browne
|William Cuthbert Faulkner (WCF)||Jill Conner Browne (JCB)|
|Born and raised in Mississippi||Born and raised in Mississippi|
|Writes about The South||Writes about The South|
|WCF wrote in not easy to read, and even more difficult to comprehend long, convoluted, passages in a circular writing style with sentences that sometimes ran together creating giant run on sentences, that could go on for pages like this one.||JCB writes simple, easy to read and easy to understand sentences like this one.|
|Reading level for his works – nerdy American Literature majors and really smart people who like to read about The South.||Reading level for her works – Mississippi state reading standard. Note: “We’re not Mississippi!”|
|Laugh out loud only you when finally recognize just how dark the humor lies in As I Lay Dying.||Laugh out loud – early and often.|
|Creates a host of crazy characters representing the essence of Southern culture.||Creates host of crazy characters representing the essence of Southern culture. FYI – we call it Southern Hospitality.|
|Had a mustache||Probably has a mustache, but waxes|
|Is required reading for high school. Oh the sound and the fury the chillren make when it is assigned.||Should be required reading for everyone. It would explain a lot.|
Count down to the Zippity Do Dah is now T minus 2 and counting. I must go work on my queen wave.