Carl Rollyson on William Faulkner, with Anne Heller

SEP 24, 2020 | 6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Carl Rollyson



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


September 24, 2020: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM





Carl Rollyson on The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934, in conversation with Anne Heller.

William Faulkner emerged from the ravaged South―half backwoods, half defeated empire―transforming his corner of Mississippi into the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and bestowing on the world some of the most revolutionary and enduring literature of the twentieth century. The personal story behind the work has fascinated readers nearly as much as the great novels, but Faulkner has remained elusive despite numerous biographies that have attempted to decipher his private life and his wild genius. In an ambitious biography that will encompass two volumes, Carl Rollyson has created a life of Faulkner for the new millennium.

Carl Rollyson, Professor Emeritus at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published numerous biographies of literary figures such as Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, Lillian Hellman, Amy Lowell, Rebecca West, and Norman Mailer. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, and the Washington Post.

Anne C. Heller is the author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made and Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times. She is the former managing editor of The Antioch Review, fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook, and executive editor of the magazine development group at Condé Nast Publications. She has written for magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair.