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Barn Burning


The short story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner was first published in Harper’s magazine in 1939.  It deals with the inner conflict of ten-year old Sarty Snopes as he tries to choose between family loyalty and truth and justice.  The story subtly highlights to choices one must make in order to become more mature and responsible.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3511 .A86
  • PZ1 .H82


Circulating Books

  • Bloom, Hard (Ed.). William Faulkner. 2000.

                        Call number: PS3511.A86 Z985685 2000

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). William Faulkner. 1986.

                           Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z985685 1986

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). William Faulkner: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. 1999.

                           Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z985685 1999

  •  Carothers, James B. William Faulkner’s Short Stories. 1985.

                          Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z7543 1985

  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner. 1995.

                          Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A15 1995

  • Ferguson, James.  Faulkner’s Short  Fiction. 1991.

                          Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z78323 1991

  • Phillips, Gene D. Fiction, Film and Faulkner. 1988.

                          Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z94618 1988

  • Polk, Noel. Children of the Dark House. 1998.

                         Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z94635 1998

  • Skei, Hans H. Reading Faulkner’s Best Short Stories. 1999.

                         Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z9689 1999

  •  Skei, Hans H. William Faulkner, the Novelist as Short Story Writer: A Study of William Faulkner’s Short Fiction. 1985.

                        Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z9693 1985

  • Stelmach, Kathryn. (Ed). William Faulkner. 2013

                        Call Number: PS3511.A86 Z9856857 2013






LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Barn Burning
  • Faulkner, William
  • Faulkner, William – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories, American



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 6, pg. 179

o   Vol. 11, pg. 199

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 3, pg. 861-862

  • Hamblin, Robert W., and Charles A. Peek (eds.).  A William Faulkner Encyclopedia.  1999. Call Number: REF PS3511 .A86 Z459 1999 Pg. 29-30
  • Jones, Diane Brown. A Reader’s Guide to the Short Stories of William Faulkner. 1994. Call Number: REF PS3511 .A86 Z8586 1994 Pg. 3-32
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 1, Pg. 251-53

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 163, 165

o   Vol. 92, pg. 58, 66, 125, 133, 135-36,

o   Vol. 97, pg. 71

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 5, Pg. 1-23



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Revised November 21, 2021


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