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Adams, Richard P. Faulkner: Myth and Motion. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968. The section on Light in August argues that the character of Byron unifies the stories of Hightower, Grove, and Christmas.
Blotner, Joseph. Faulkner: A Biography. New York: Random House, 1984. A fine biography.
Brooks, Cleanth. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1963. Sees alienation from the community as the novel's central theme.
Cox, Leland H., editor. William Faulkner: Biographical and Reference Guide. Detroit: Gale, 1982. Includes a biographical essay and critical summaries of each of his books.
Cullen, J.B., in collaboration with Floyd C. Watkins. Old Times in the Faulkner Country. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961. A memoir by a hometown friend.
Howe, Irving. William Faulkner: A Critical Study. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975. Includes a discussion of the Southern myth.
Inge, M. Thomas, editor. The Merrill Studies in Light in August. Columbus, Ohio: Charles E. Merrill, 1971. Some of Faulkner's own comments, contemporary reviews, plus several key critical essays.
Kerr, Elizabeth M. Yoknapatawpha. New York: Fordham University Press, 1976. Studies the relationship between Yoknapatawpha and Lafayette counties.
Merriwether, James B., and Michael Millgate, editors. Lion in the Garden: Interviews with William Faulkner. New York: Random House, 1968. A collection of important interviews.
Millgate, Michael. The Achievement of William Faulkner. New York: Random House, 1966. Good on the mythical connotations of Lena Grove and Joanna Burden.
Pitavy, Francois L., editor. William Faulkner's "Light in August": A Critical Casebook. New York: Garland, 1982. Contains some of the best essays on Light in August.
Slatoff, Walter J. Quest for Failure: A Study of William Faulkner. Westport: Greenwood, 1960. Connects Faulkner's use of oxymorons to his world view.
Vickery, Olga W. The Novels of William Faulkner: A Critical Interpretation. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964. One of the important Faulkner critics argues that Light in August's major characters are scapegoats.
Wagner, Linda Welshimer, editor. William Faulkner: Four Decades, of Criticism. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1973. A good collection of critical essays.