My special thanks to the generous hosts at Camp Armageddon, Stone-
ham, Maine: Nell Irvin Painter for listening to my musings about games
and for reading early drafts with patience; and Glenn Shafer for talking
an uninformed literary person through the basics of game theory and
for providing readable materials in that field.
My thanks to those Faulkner scholars who in different but invaluable
ways contributed to my work on this project: Linda Wagner-Martin who
asked me to write on Go Down, Moses, inspired me to think and read cre-
atively, and edited the essay I produced with her marvelous intelligence,
critical acumen, and easy grace; Joseph Blotner for his kind support over
many years; Judith Sensibar, Minrose Gwin, Eric Sundquist, and Joel
Williamson for the gift of their thinking about Faulkner; Lee Jenkins,
the late George Kent and Erskine Peters, and the early black critics on
Faulkner for persevering when no one listened or read; all my Faulkner
students for their conversations and challenges; and Emily Dalgarno, the
extraordinary teacher who made it all possible by guiding me to Faulk-
My appreciation is boundless for those audiences who over the years
have listened to my Faulkner talks and responded with enthusiasm as
well as with tough questions. I am especially indebted to M. Thomas
Inge, James Miller, Xavier Nichols, the Graduate School and the Univer-
sity Center of the City University of New York for invitations to speak
on Faulkner there, as well as at Randolph-Macon University, the Cen-
ter for Southern Studies at University of South Carolina, the Modern
Language Association Annual Convention, and cuny’s ‘‘William Faulk-
ner in a Franco-American Perspective’’ Conference; to Doreen Fowler,
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