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A Rose for Emily


“A Rose for Emily” was William Faulkner’s first published short story and initially appeared in the Forum magazine in April 1930.  Influenced by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, this short story became one of Faulkner’s most successful short fictions.  Told in five sections, the story opens with the funeral of the principal character Emily Grierson.  Using flashbacks, the story traces some events in Emily’s life over the years.  Major themes explored in this story are: death, the decline of aristocratic values in the Old South after the Civil War, and an oppressive father-daughter relationship which leaves the daughter isolated and devoid of contact with other people, especially men.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3511 .A86
  • PS374 .W6 F4
  • PN6014 .A58 1982



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). William Faulkner. 1999.

                             Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z985685 1999

  •  Fowler, Doreen, and Ann J. Abadie. New Directions in Faulkner Studies. 1984.

                             Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z923 1984

  • Faulkner, William. Collected Stories of William Faulkner. 1995.

                             Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A15 1995

  • 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

  •  Wagner, Linda Welshimer. William Faulkner: Four Decades of Criticism. 1973.

                               Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z9852 1973



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Rose for Emily
  • Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Southern States – Social Life and Customs – Fiction
  • Short Stories, American
  • Short Story



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 8, pg. 213

o   Vol. 18, pg. 149

o   Vol. 28, pg. 143, 145

o   Vol. 52, pg. 142

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

o   Vol. 3, pg. 858

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2805

  • Hamblin, Robert W., and Charles A. Peek (eds.).  The William Faulkner Encyclopedia.  1999.

                       Call Number: REF PS3511 .A86 Z459 1999

  •  Jones, Diane Brown. A Reader’s Guide to the Short Stories of William Faulkner. 1994.

                        Call Number: REF PS3511 .A86 Z8586 1994

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 6, pg. 3462-64

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 6, pg. 247-67

  • Short Story CriticismCall Number: REF PN3326 S5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 147-52, 158, 162, 165, 180-81

o   Vol. 35, pg. 172

o   Vol. 42, pg. 73-135

o   Vol. 92, pg.  64, 68, 110, 112, 116

o   Vol. 97, pg. 29-31, 34-36, 65-68, 70-73, 75-78, 110, 113-14, 128




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