"A Rose For Emily," by William Faulkner


First published in 1930 in Forum magazine, "A Rose for Emily" was reprinted in These Thirteen (1931), a collection of thirteen of Faulkner's stories. It was later included in his Collected Stories (1950) and in the Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner (1961). Since Light in August was published in 1932, we might assume both stories shared space in the author's head for a time.

AS YOU READ: Note the time shifts in the narrative. Try to keep track of them. Also notice Faulkner's use of the narrative "we" and how that affects the story. Is this narrator trustworthy? How can we tell? Watch also for Faulkner's use of the grotesque character and of Gothic elements -- the dark and macabre. This particular website offers helpful questions at the end of the story -- feel free to use them to help you understand it.

Claire Ruby, Hungarian Impressionist, b. 1938