'A Fable' Is Published

A Fable is a novel written in 1954 by the American author William Faulkner, which won him both the Pulitzer prize and the National Book Award in 1955.

Despite these recognitions, however, the novel received mixed critical reviews and a reputation as one of Faulkner's lesser works. The author, on the other hand, spent over a decade and tremendous effort on A Fable, and considered it his masterpiece when it was completed.

Historically, it can be seen as a precursor to Joseph Heller's Catch-22.

He wrote A Fable in my house. He'd be typing away in the middle of the night. Worked right on the typewriter, typed all night. I walked in on him, asked him what he was working on there in the middle of the night. He said, "Oh... on a novel." "Well... what's it about?" He said, "Oh, it's about Jesus Christ coming to earth during the World War.”

— A. I. Bezzerides