William Faulkner on Sanctuary

When the president of Random House, Bennett Cerf, asked William Faulkner to write an introduction to the Modern Library edition of Sanctuary he wasn’t too pleased. Faulkner wrote: “Sanctuary is a cheap idea because it was deliberately conceived to make money… trying to make something out of it which would not shame The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying too much.” At the end of his manuscript in small script were the words: “F*** you Bennett.” Who said Faulkner was anything but eloquent?

From: Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes by Bill Peschel, Perigree (2010).


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