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For the bookshelf: Yoknapatawpha

Yoknapatawpha book coverYoknapatawpha, Images and Voices: A Photographic Study of Faulkner’s County

By George Stewart (MA libarianship ’67)

University of South Carolina Press, 2009


Yoknapatawpha County—the Southern setting for William Faulkner’s novels—is a fictional place, but as fictional places go it’s one of literature’s most enduring locales. Faulkner based Yoknapatawpha on the northeast corner of Mississippi where he lived and worked, and while the land around Lafayette County (as it’s known in the real world) has changed significantly since Faulkner wrote about it in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, photographer George Stewart was able to uncover some of the area’s hidden treasures for Yoknapatawpha, Images and Voices. The book combines 84 black-and-white photographs of Lafayette County and nearby areas with passages from Faulkner’s writing.


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