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Sean Penn, Phoenix Pictures, to film As I Lay Dying in Faulkner’s
Variety magazine reported in January
that actor/director Sean Penn and Phoenix Pictures will team to film an
adaptation of As I Lay Dying in
Faulkner’s hometown of Oxford and Lafayette County. Penn will star in the
film and will produce with Michael Fitzgerald and Gene Kirkwood.
The film will be directed by Jerzy Kromolowski, who adapted the novel with
his wife, Mary Olson-Kromolowski. Filming is scheduled for late
spring of 1998. This will be the first adaptation of a Faulkner novel
since 1969, when Steve McQueen starred in a film version of The
Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference co-founder Evans Harrington dead
Evans Harrington, a former chair of the English
Department at the University of Mississippi, died December 1, 1997, after
a lengthy illness. He was 72. As a professor at Ole Miss in Oxford,
Faulkner’s hometown, he founded the Faulkner
& Yoknapatawpha Conference with Ann Abadie in 1974, as a way for
scholars and fans of Faulkner to meet and discuss Faulkner. It proved to
be so successful that the entire conference had to be repeated for a
second week to meet demand. Since then, the conference has been an annual
affair, with proceedings beginning with the third conference published by
the University Press of Mississippi. He served as conference director for
A veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II, Harrington
published four novels, numerous short stories, articles and scholarly
papers, two musicals and one play. His family requests that memorials be
made to the Evans
Harrington Creative Writing Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of
View the most recent announcements on the main
page. Past announcements also are available.
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item, please let me know.
Faulkner Articles Online
Birthday, Mr. Faulkner"
Baltimore Sun, Baltimore,
real great American Novel: Absalom, Absalom! ," by
Arthur Hirsch (November 16, 1997)
New Style Complex Prose And Personality," by Dan Cryer
Faulkner," Elizabeth Farnsworth interviews Ole Miss Faulkner
scholar Donald Kartiganer and novelist Lee Smith (September 26, 1997)
Best: The Sound and the Fury," by Jan Smith
(September 30, 1997)
'Lay Dying' at Phoenix" (January 29, 1998)
in love the Faulkner way, or love Yoknapatawpha style," by
Faulkner centennial statue dedicated in Oxford courthouse square
The statue of Faulkner by sculptor William Beckwith.
A bronze life-size statue of Faulkner in front
of the Oxford City Hall was dedicated on September 25, 1997, the 100th
anniversary of his birth in New Albany, Mississippi. On hand at the
dedication ceremony in the Oxford courthouse square were fellow
Mississippi writers Shelby Foote and Willie Morris. Delivering the keynote
address was the Honorable John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York
University and former member of Congress. The Right Reverend A.C. Marble
Jr., Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, also spoke.
The statue, sculpted by local artist William
Beckwith, features Faulkner seated on a park bench holding his pipe and
wearing his trademark tweed jacket and fedora hat.
The statue was the subject of controversy in
Oxford, Faulkner’s hometown from 1903 until his death in 1962, when
Faulkner family members objected to the project as contrary to what
Faulkner would have wanted. The inherently shy Faulkner shunned publicity.
The already controversial project was further complicated when city work
crews cut down a magnolia tree in front of the City Hall to make room for
the statue. A number of Oxford residents were upset over the unannounced
early morning tree cutting. Then-mayor John Leslie reportedly claimed he
had the right to order the tree cut since it was he who had planted the
tree in the first place.
Other Centennial celebrations
The University of Mississippi also celebrated
Faulkner’s 100th birthday with a program of readings and tributes, which
included comments by the Right Reverend Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr., Bishop
Emeritus, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi; Professors Evans Harrington
and Donald Kartiganer; Richard Howorth, owner of Square Books in Oxford;
and Oxford author Larry Brown.
Union County and the city of New Albany hosted
a three-day Faulkner festival that featured dramatic presentations,
scholarly talks, art exhibits, an arts and crafts festival, gospel,
bluegrass, country, and blues music, and a birthday celebration on the
The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, where
Faulkner spent much of the last years of his life as writer-in-residence
at the University of Virginia, celebrated the Faulkner centennial with
birthday cake, a talk by university librarian Karin Wittenborg, and free
Faulkner T-shirts, courtesy of Vintage Press.
Traveling Exhibit: Martin J.Dain Photographs
"Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of
Martin J. Dain" has begun its schedule of regional exhibitions.
Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Appalachian
Regional Comission, the exhibit includes 40 black and white photographs
taken by Dain between 1961 and 1963. The accompanying text was written by
Oxford author Larry Brown.
Recently Published Books on Faulkner
Contrapuntal in Integration: A Study of Three Faulkner Short Story
Volumes, by Lisa Olson Paddock (San Francisco: International
Scholars Publications, 1998).
Detective Dupin Reads William Faulkner: Solutions to Six
Yoknapatawpha Mysteries, by Charles Chappell (San Francisco:
International Scholars Publications, 1997).
Faulkner and Gender, edited by Donald M. Kartiganer and Ann
J. Abadie (Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 1994, Jackson: UP of Mississippi,
Faulkner: Masks and Metaphors, by Lothar
Honnighausen (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997).
Faulkner in Cultural Context, edited by Donald M. Kartiganer
and Ann J. Abadie (Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 1995, Jackson: UP of
Faulkner: The Return of the Repressed, by Doreen Fowler
(Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1997).
Faulkner’s Literary Children: Patterns of Development, by
David L. Vanderwerken (New York: P. Lang, 1997).
Faulkner’s Place, by Michael Millgate (Athens: The
University of Georgia Press, 1997).
Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain
(Faulkner Centennial edition, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi,
Fictions of Labor: William Faulkner and the South's Long Revolution,
by Richard Godden (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Novelistic Love in the Platonic Tradition: Fielding, Faulkner, and
the Postmodernists, by Jennie Wang (Lanham, Md.: Rowman &
Readings on William Faulkner, edited by Clarice Swisher (The
Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to American Authors, San Diego:
Greenhaven Press, 1997).
Son of Sorrow: The Life, Works, and Influence of Colonel William C.
Falkner, 1825-1889, by Donald Philip Duclos (San Francisco:
International Scholars Publications, 1998).
Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner, edited by Joseph
Blotner (Faulkner Centennial edition, New York: Vintage International,
Unflinching Gaze: Morrison and Faulkner Re-Envisioned,
edited by Carol A. Kolmerten, Stephen M. Ross, and Judith Bryant
Wittenberg (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997).
William Faulkner: His Life and Work, by David Minter
(Faulkner Centennial edition, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
William Faulkner: The Making of a Modernist, by Daniel
Joseph Singal (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997).
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, edited by Harold
Bloom (Modern Critical Interpretations, Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House
Faulkner on the Internet
|Several university libraries
have online Faulkner exhibits or web pages. They include the following:
Randall House in Santa Barbara, California, has a
selection of rare
Faulkner items for sale. I have also received Email from Book
Look, which claims to be "America's largest out-of-print book
search service." They may be helpful in tracking down any of the
several out-of-print books by or about Faulkner.
web page collects together a number of quotations attributed to
Faulkner and published in American Literary Anecdotes.
New Web Sites:
The foremost recent Faulkner-related addition to
the World Wide Web has to be the William
Faulkner Society web site, maintained by David H. Evans. The site
currently features membership information, upcoming events and calls for
papers, and other information for Faulkner scholars. The society is also
sponsoring an award to partially finance a student's trip to the Faulkner
& Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford this summer. The deadline for
nominations has been extended to February 28, 1998.
New Orleans features this William
Faulkner article, which looks as if it may have come from one of
the Gale Research, Inc., guides (such as the Contemporary Authors series).
It's somewhat unclear from the page, but the article may been written by
Faulkner scholar Thomas L. McHaney.
New York University School of Medicine's
Humanities database" features an entry on Faulkner
and a brief article on his novel As
I Lay Dying, presumably for the novel's "lesson in
mankind's ability to survive most anything, and then 'get on with
Finally in the "miscellaneous" category, the Catfish
Institute awarded the Taylor
Grocery & Restaurant (otherwise known as "Taylor Catfish
House") a winner for 1997 for its catfish. According to
this web page, the restaurant is mentioned in Sanctuary,
though I'm not so sure. (Certainly the town is mentioned, but the restaurant?)
From the Author
With this issue of Faulkner News
I am initiating a periodic column about all things Faulknerian. The
purposes of such a personal column are many, but primarily I hope to
explain a few things about Faulkner, and this web site, that do not fit
very well elsewhere within this web site.
First, I'd like to report the addition of links
to individual book titles that can be bought online at Amazon.com.
A letter from the CEO of Amazon.com describing this web site's association
with Amazon.com is available here. I've
received a number of Email requests in the past months asking either where
to find Faulkner texts online or where they might be purchased
(particularly from those outside the United States). By including these
bookstore links, I hope to make Faulkner’s texts more readily available to
those who seek them, and though the texts are not available for free
online, this is as close a solution as I can find. Except for a few
excerpts and other isolated instances, Faulkner’s texts are not available
to the general public online, as they are still under copyright
protection. Within William Faulkner on the Web, links to books by
and about Faulkner that are available for purchase at Amazon.com are
currently located on each novel's "commentary" page. You may use
the following pull-down menu to go directly to a given title. Other titles
available online (such as the recent books about Faulkner listed above)
will be added over time.
I've been working to update many parts of the
web site and to improve the overall look and navigability of many
individual pages. In some instances, I have added new pages (such as
genealogical charts for the Bundren, Sartoris
and Snopes families and new
"Faulkner Criticism in the 1990s" bibliography pages for 1997
and 1998). However, I have discontinued
making updates to the "What's New" page, as the information that
page provides does not, in my view, justify the amount of time it takes to
maintain it. For now, I will leave the "What's New" page in
place as a kind of record of past achievement, but from now on, I will
report substantial changes and new pages within this web site in this
In addition to the new
pages already mentioned, the most recent additions to this web site
include a new quiz on "Who said that?,"
character lists for several more Faulkner novels, updated bibliographies,
and a number of resources and bibliographies for Faulkner’s short
stories. I have also changed how information about Faulkner’s short
story collections is presented; each collection now has a single page
devoted to it.
There is still not a unique Faulkner
biographical sketch here within this site, though I wrote an
extensive article on the subject for another project I am working on: The
Mississippi Writers Page, for the Department of English at the
University of Mississippi. My work for the Mississippi Writers Page
is closely related to my work here — in fact, the MWP stems in part from
the success of William Faulkner on the Web — but with one key
difference: my work here is my own, while the Mississippi Writers Page
is under copyright by the University of Mississippi. (One additional
difference is that I am paid for my work on the MWP.)
Finally, I want to clarify my position on
student Email inquiries. I receive a large number of Email messages from
students asking for help of various kinds, ranging from specific issues
within Faulkner studies to more broad-based queries about topic
development. Because of the number of messages I receive, I cannot respond
to all; but in many, maybe even most instances, I do not respond
because the requests are for information that students should rightly be
expected to determine or conclude on their own. Please understand that,
while I hope this web site will assist students in their understanding and
appreciation of Faulkner, it is not intended as the answer to all
things Faulknerian. One of the innate pleasures of Faulkner is struggling
with the text, working through any frustration or incomprehensibility or
confusion to come to some, any understanding, or at least less
incomprehension. One of the sad facts of having read so much of Faulkner
is that one can never go back and experience the text for the first
time. I will not knowingly rob students of that experience.
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