Notice to Students
I don't think anybody can teach anybody anything. I think that you learn
it, but the young writer that is as I say demon-driven and wants to learn
and has got to write he don't know why, he will learn from almost any source
that he finds. He will learn from older people who are not writers, he will
learn from writers, but he learns it — you can't teach it.
I welcome E-mail from Faulkner readers of all ages, but because of the
enormous number of posts I receive from students asking about Faulkner, in
most cases I am unable to respond personally to your queries.
If you have a legitimate question about Faulkner’s
writings, by all means write me. However, please do not ask for
information that you might reasonably be expected to locate or determine on
your own. Improper posts include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Requests for potential essay topics or for additional essays
or materials about Faulkner (I am not a library)
- Questions concerning plot, characters, setting, theme, or
anything else about any particular Faulkner work
- All queries about other online Faulkner sites (or literary works
by Faulkner), which are available in The Carriage House
section of this web site.
The best way to improve the chances of a personal
response is to articulate your question as specifically as possible and to
show me that you have read the Faulkner work(s) in question. But please
understand, even if your inquiry is legitimate, I cannot guarantee a personal
response because of the number of queries I receive.
Typically, I will not respond to the following
types of messages:
Finally, I may not respond because doing so would rob the recipient of the
pure joys — and yes, frustrations — of discovering Faulkner. The purpose
of this site is not to answer all of your questions about Faulkner. Rather, it
is to introduce the man and his writing to a diverse audience, and to offer
(via the bibliographies and other resources)
avenues by which you can answer your questions yourself.
- Requests that I send critiques, reviews, etc. (In most cases, this would
require I scan in text from print sources ... assuming I have the articles
in the first place.)
- Requests for online articles, critiques, etc. (Most of the ones I'm
familiar with are already listed in the Carriage House
- Requests for "more information" than is present on a given
page in this web site. (There may be a reason why it's not there.)
- Requests for information that is already presented somewhere within this
web site. (Please check this site thoroughly before writing.)
Please use the following form for your query. Make
sure you enter a full name (first and last name) and carefully type your
E-mail address in the space provided. Note: You must fill out each line,
including your teacher's name, class, school name and location (city, state)
to be eligible for a personal response.