in the summer of 1919, after less than a year of courtship, zelda sayre broke up with the 22-year-old fitzgerald. after a summer of heavy drinking, he returned to st. paul, minnesota, where his family lived, to complete the novel, hoping that if he became a successful novelist he could win zelda back. while at princeton (notably in university cottage club's library), fitzgerald had written an unpublished novel, "the romantic egotist", and ultimately 80 pages of the type of this earlier work ended up in this side of paradise.
the sound and the fury is set in jefferson, mississippi. the novel centers on the compson family, former southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family ａnd its reputation. over the course of the 30 years ｏr so related in the novel, the family falls into financial ruin, loses its religious faith ａnd the respect of the town of jefferson, ａnd many of them die tragically.
the novel deals with the decay of an aristocratic southern family just after the end of world war i. the wealthy sartoris family of jefferson, mississippi, lives under the shadow of its dead patriarch, colonel john sartoris. colonel john was a confederate cavalry officer during the civil war, built the local railroad, and is a folk hero. the surviving sartorises are his younger sister, virginia du pre ("aunt jenny" or "miss jenny"), his son bayard sartoris ("old bayard"), and his great-grandson bayard sartoris ("young bayard").
william faulkner was a friend and member of american writer sherwood anderson's literary circle in 1920s new orleans. as the story goes, it was anderson who agreed to send the soldiers' pay manu to his publisher as long as anderson himself did not have to read it.
hot novel：the great gatsby is a 1925 novel written by american author f. scott fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of west egg on prosperous long island in the summer of 1922. the story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire jay gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante daisy buchanan. considered to be fitzgerald's magnum opus, the great gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the jazz age or the roaring twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the american dream.