The Wild Palms


by William Faulkner

In this feverishly beautiful novel— subsequently titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Faulkner—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other.

No one else comes even close to Heinlein in consistently fusing scientific thinking with fictional form.


In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. 

From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit. The Wild Palms is grandly inventive, heart-stopping in its prose, and suffused on every page with the physical presence of the country that Faulkner made his own.

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Book Condition

Used – Good




Mass market paperback, 240 pages, 107x189x16mm


Published August 1st 1968 by Signet Classics (first published 1939)

Book Series

Signet Classics


Fiction, American, Classics, Literary Fiction

The Wild Palms


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