I'm in the same position and I'm definitely reading the story first.
Much of the additional material won't make sense unless I already
know the story and style and so on. And like you said, the essays
etc. may also contain spoilers.
At 9:58 PM +0000 2/26/06, athena6942 wrote:
>I have the Norton Critical Edition and would like the group's
>opinion: should I read the text of the story first before referring
>to the editor's and contributors' background appendices, criticisms,
>I read The Sound and The Fury many years ago and can't remember most,
>if not all of it. So I will be re-reading it this time with a "clean
>slate." I don't want to spoil my fresh reading of the story with
>spoilers from the background notes and writings, but I would like
>insight along the way if it's helpful to understanding the story's
>themes. Any suggestions?