As I Lay Dying
I'm not completely sure As I Lay Dying is my favorite novel, but I can't think of one I like better. I read it for the first time in my Senior AP English class in high school--and loved it. Who knew that "My mother is a fish" would stay with me until I finally got the opportunity to teach Faulkner to my Junior AP English students. The absurd humor, the fascinating characters, the beautiful glut of symbolism and metaphors, the poetry and the language. What's not to love?
I know that more people attempt The Sound and the Fury because Faulkner himself considered it his masterpiece, but I truly believe that As I Lay Dying will become the quintessential Faulkner piece--like Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter or Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
To Mrs. Theibert who introduced me, and hundreds of other students, to the magic of Faulkner: Thanks.