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Craig Eliason's picture
Joined: 19 Mar 2004 - 1:44pm
Typographic parsing of Faulkner

...when Faulkner was working on the book in the 1920s -- "The Sound and the Fury" was published in 1929 -- he imagined a way to make the section clearer to readers. "I wish publishing was advanced enough to use colored ink," Faulkner wrote to his editor, "as I argued with you and Hal in the Speakeasy that day."

"I'll just have to save the idea until publishing grows up," he added, inadvertently launching a challenge to future publishers. Nine decades later, the Folio Society took it up.

In a special edition, the Folio Society is publishing "The Sound and the Fury" in 14 colors. It's a fine press edition, quarter-bound in leather, with a slipcase and an additional volume of commentary. It also includes a color-coded bookmark that reveals which time period is designated by each color.


Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am

And I that thought that “The Neverending Story” with its two colours was uncomfortable to read! ;-)

Nick Curtis's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am

William Faulkner dabbled in typography—Google /William Faulkner Marionettes/ for some evidence thereof—but, quite frankly and IMHO, it was not his strong suit.

However, writing some pretty compelling and innovative—for the time—fiction WAS his strong suit. Virtually every piece of his fiction has entertained, captivated and challenged me.

So, your choice: focus on the insignificant details about something the guy did with mixed success, or learn a little something about life from what the guy did very, very well.