Knight's Gambit

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Knight’s Gambit is a 1949 short story collection by the American author William Faulkner, and contains a short story of the same name. The book collects six of Faulkner’s stories about attorney Gavin Stevens, who also takes a leading part in his novel Intruder in the Dust .

Gavin Stevens is the county attorney in Jefferson in Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

He is shrewd, observant and tolerant of the quirks and foibles of his fellow Southerners. He takes part in the detection and prevention of crime in the county community, and in handling the human passions released by violence in the community. The stories are narrated by his nephew, who calls him Uncle Gavin. He finally marries the Widow Harriss, the sweetheart of his youth. [1]

The first five stories were published in various magazines; the six stories published together in 1949 can be regarded as a novel. [2]

Tomorrow was adapted into a film in 1972 starring Robert Duvall.

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References

  1. Kirk 1965, p. 140.
  2. Kirk 1965, pp. 133-141.

Kirk, Robert W. (1965). Faulkner’s People: A complete guide and index to characters in the fiction of William Faulkner. Los Angeles: University of California Press.