William Faulkner, for those who haven’t studied American Literature, was a Nobel Prize-winning American author from Mississippi. He’s popular for such books as As I Lay Dying, A Fable, The Reivers, and The Sound and the Fury.
James Franco, actor and English Ph.D. candidate at Yale (which soon means he’ll be Dr. James Franco), is trying his hand at directing. He, like many other American Literature fans, enjoys William Faulkner’s work. He’s even directed a version of As I Lay Dying, which currently has a forty-one percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And now he’s planning on directing The Sound and the Fury, a novel often considered one of the top in the American literary canon. This is a sneak peak at the movie:
From that clip, I’m not too enthused about the movie. Hopefully it’s better received and reviewed than As I Lay Dying was.
While we’re all huge fans of literature and the idea of great canon from around the world being brought into mainstream culture, it’s not looking like James Franco will be the one to bridge that gap.
But, if you’re a fan of Faulkner, we don’t want to leave you empty handed. Below is a list of great Etsy items for the Faulkner fan that doesn’t care that The Sound and the Fury or As I Lay Dying aren’t great movies—because you already have the books.
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