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By William Faulkner

“Read, learn, learn. learn everything—trash, classics, strong and undesirable, and notice how they do it. similar to a chippie who works as an apprentice and reviews the grasp. learn! You’ll soak up it. Then write. whether it is reliable, you’ll discover. If it’s now not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who involves Jefferson, Mississippi, within the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi desert. He used to be a guy, Faulkner stated, “who sought after sons and the sons destroyed him.”

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He put a down payment on a small house in Appleton and took possession of the judge's office at the courthouse. Immediately, he found himself confronted by a backlog of almost 250 cases. Judge Werner, it seemed, had worked at a slow, deliberate pace, often interrupting court proceedings to give lectures on the law to the opposing lawyers. Joe reversed all that. To move through the backlog, he often kept his courtroom open more than twelve hours a day and sometimes worked until midnight. The rapid pace he maintained wore out his court reporter, Pat Howlett.

He read what he had to in order to pass his high school and college courses, but not much else. From his days as a chicken farmer on, he had always been on the go, racing from one class or job to the next. In time, what had happened in China and Spain in the 1930s, and the Americans who had played a part in those events, would be very much on his mind. But now, in late 1937, Joe was most concerned with his next move in Shawano. He had become a partner in Mike Eberlein's law firm, but that was old news.

He was also the school's only student to complete four years of high school in nine months. Principal Hershberger waited until the end of the proceedings to present Joe with his diploma. " By the summer of 1930, the effects of the stock market crash on Wall Street the previous October were felt in rural Wisconsin. The prices farmers got for their milk, wheat, and corn were heading down, like everything else in the economy, while jobs were harder and harder to find. It was anything but an encouraging prospect for a recent high school graduate.

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