A Rose for Emily is the story of the titular protagonist, an elderly Southern spinster living in antebellum Mississippi. Seen as mad and backward by her fellow townspeople, she refuses to marry for decades before finally accepting a Northern suitor who immediately vanishes into her home. The story is told in flashbacks after Emily's death and chronicles her inability to accept the changing world of the post-war South. In the end it is revealed that she slept for what may have been years beside her suitor's corpse.
A Rose for Emily and Other Short Stories is a compilation of short fiction by noted Southern author William Faulkner. The title story deals with a town's opinions of an old and eccentric reclusive spinster, Emily, whose personal life is the subject of much debate. Other stories in the collection pursue Faulkner's common themes of Southern life, the decline of the South after the Civil War, and the dynamics of living in small towns.