"Smoke" (Text Key 4664)

Code: 
SMO
Type: 
short story
About: 

"Smoke," which appears on Faulkner's sending schedule for 1930, was initially published by Harper's Magazine in April 1932. Republished in Doctor Martino and Other Stories in 1934 by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas of New York, and also available in a German printing in English at this period, "Smoke" eventually became the opening episode in Knight’s Gambit (1949). Our representation of the story draws on the Vintage International paperback edition of that book (2011).

A murder mystery, "Smoke" marks the first major appearance in Faulkner's canon of Gavin Stevens, the county attorney with an inquiring mind; Stevens had a minor role in "Hair" (1931), but after this story Faulkner often casts him in the role of private investigator. In "Smoke," he at once solves a homicide, reveals the murderous truth behind a supposed death by misadventure, and prevents a third homicide. While Stevens's grandstanding before the jury, which throws suspicion on each suspect in turn before unmasking the guilty party, recalls the techniques employed by other fictional detectives, such as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, his incriminating subterfuge with smoke closes this initial entry in Knight's Gambit with the chivalrous attorney’s first successful gambit.

First Publisher: 
Harper's Magazine
First Publisher Date: 
April 1932
Page Start: 
3
Page Stop: 
38
Edit Copy Publisher: 
Vintage International
Edit Copy Publisher Location: 
New York
Edit Copy Publisher Date: 
2011
Search DIsplay Order: 
19.00
Publication Date: 
1932-04
Citation: 

How to cite this resource:
Joiner, Jennie J., and Mike Wainwright. "Faulkner's 'Smoke.'" Added to the project: 2016. Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia, http://faulkner.iath.virginia.edu