The Sound and the Fury Author:William Faulkner THE SOUND AND THE FURY — by William Faulkner — "To speak of greatness with regard to one's contemporaries is dangerous. But if there are any American novels of the present century which bear comparison--serious if not favorable--with achievements of twentieth-century European literature, then surely 'The Sound and the Fury' is among them. It is ... more »one of the three or four American works of prose fiction written since the turn of the century in which the impact of tragedy is felt and sustained... Whether taken as a study of the potential for human self-destruction, or as a rendering of the social disorder particular to our time, the novel projects a radical impage of man against the wall. Embodied and justified, this is an image of great writing."