Faulkner Sites Map Lafayette
County Map Oxford
City Web Site
in Oxford, Mississippi
But above all, the courthouse: the center, the focus, the hub; sitting
looming in the center of the country's circumference like a single cloud in
its ring of horizon, laying its vast shadow to the uttermost rim of horizon;
musing, brooding, symbolic and ponderable, tall as cloud, solid as rock,
dominating all: protector of the weak, judiciate and curb of the passions
and lusts, repository and guardian of the aspirations and hopes...
Unlike many of the other great writers of his day, Faulkner chose to live most
of his life in his adopted hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. There, he
discovered that his "postage stamp of native soil" could furnish
nearly every character, situation, and place that he could dream up for his
fiction. The result in his fiction, of course, is Yoknapatawpha
County, whose county seat of Jefferson
is patterned very closely on Oxford.
I've prepared two maps that offer a glimpse into some of the places that play
a role in both the life and the literature of William Faulkner. The Oxford
Faulkner Sites map denotes places of interest within the corporate limits
of Oxford, while the Lafayette County
map looks at the entire county.
Finally, you can find out more about the real-life Oxford
at a site developed by the Chamber of Commerce.