The Faulkner classic The Sound and the Fury is being published in a color-coded text, so that readers can more easily follow the different time periods jumbled together in novel’s notoriously difficult opening section. And apparently, that’s the way Faulkner originally wanted it:
But when Faulkner was working on the book in the 1920s — “The Sound and the Fury” was published in 1929 — he imagined a way to make the section clearer to readers. “I wish publishing was advanced enough to use colored ink,” Faulkner wrote to his editor, “as I argued with you and Hal in the Speakeasy that day.”
“I’ll just have to save the idea until publishing grows up,” he added, inadvertently launching a challenge to future publishers. Nine decades later, the Folio Society took it up.
Read more about the Technicolor edition at the LA Times.
Or pick up your own leather-bound, limited edition copy from the Folio Society for a neat $345.
Or, you know, just get the paperback and a pack of highlighters.
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