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A Rose for Emily Summary
William Faulkner

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A Rose for Emily Summary


William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" was originally published in the April 30, 1930, issue of Forum. It was his first short story published in a major magazine. A slightly revised version was published in two collections of his short fiction, These 13 (1931) and Collected Stories (1950). It has been published in dozens of anthologies as well. "A Rose for Emily" is the story of an eccentric spinster, Emily Grierson. An unnamed narrator details the strange circumstances of Emily's life and her odd relationships with her father, her lover, and the town of Jefferson, and the horrible secret she hides. The story's subtle complexities continue to inspire critics while casual readers find it one of Faulkner's most accessible works. The popularity of the story is due in no small part to its gruesome ending.

Faulkner often used short stories to "flesh out" the fictional kingdom of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, for his novels. In...

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