fiction by William Faulkner


Sanctuary is a novel by the American author William Faulkner. It is considered one of his more controversial, given its theme of rape. First published in 1931, it was Faulkner's commercial and critical breakthrough, establishing his literary reputation. It is said Faulkner claimed it was a "potboiler", written purely for profit, but this has been debated by scholars and Faulkner's own friends. In 1933 it was adapted into the film The Story of Temple Drake, with Popeye renamed "Trigger" for copyright reasons. The novel was later a co-source, with Requiem for a Nun, for the film Sanctuary. A Russian film version - Cargo 200, set in 1984 Russia - was made in 2007. The novel is set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County and takes place in May/June 1929.

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