Not sure if this gives us a ton of insight into As I Lay Dying, but some scholars are calling it a tremendous discovery.
One scholar from the NY Times article felt that:
“I think it’s one of the most sensational literary discoveries of recent decades,” said John Lowe, an English professor at Louisiana State University who is writing a book on Faulkner.
A couple questions that this article brought to mind...well maybe not directly from the article, but questions that I was pondering nonetheless.
-Would you ever consider devoting most of your time and life to researching a particular author? If so, which one?
-Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner had issues with alcohol. They also seemed to have run out of money at some point in their lives. After getting low on funds, both authors decided to venture into Hollywood and write screenplays (because these paid well). Would you consider this selling out, like an Indie artist who goes mainstream (say Kings of Leon)? Or, is this completely acceptable?