The Plantation Diary

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The Plantation Diary

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1theaelizabet
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 10, 2010, 7:20 pm

I posted this under influences, but perhaps it's worth its own thread.

In tomorrow's (2/11) New York Times: "Where Faulkner Found His People" about a newly discovered Mississippi Plantation diary that inspired him. Fascinating.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/books/11faulkner.html

2kokipy
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 11, 2010, 10:58 am

Oops, I just started a thread on thsi myself = sorry! wonder if it can be deleted.

One thing I took from that article as powerfully interesting was WF's rage at what he was reading in the diary, and his view that slavery distorted and deformed both the owners and the owned. That is really fundamental to Light in August, isn't it? and the deformation persists in the descendants, particularly in the descendents of the owners.

3theaelizabet
helmikuu 11, 2010, 11:14 am

Ha! Great minds think alike, kokipy. Neither of us could wait to post this! Yes, Faulkner's response was powerfully interesting, wasn't it? Can't wait to read more about this find. You say you know the academic who's writing it up? Good for her!

4kokipy
helmikuu 11, 2010, 1:05 pm

I overstated that a bit, such was my excitement. She is a close friend of my cousin's and I have met her several times. If I recall correctly, she and my cousin got their Ph.D's in literature at the same time at Emory University, where Sally studied under Floyd Watkins, my own advisor when I was a senior there. Sally's approach is similar to his - both are/were very interested in biographical material about the writer. They wrote a book called Talking about William Faulkner: Interviews with Jimmy Faulkner and others (here: http://www.librarything.com/work/4750850/book/25887583 ), in which they transcribed interviews with oldtime Oxfordians, including Wm.'s nephew Jimmy, about events and people that might have appeared in the books. I was not so impressed with that book, as I recall. I'll need to look at it again. I would love to read this new one.

5polutropos
helmikuu 11, 2010, 1:54 pm

THREE great minds?????

I just posted it under Interesting articles.... and was thinking of posting it here.

Wonderful article, I think, and I will have to get the book when it comes out in June.

Amazing that academics can still make spectacular discoveries, even in fields much plowed. Makes me want to rush to all the places where my favourite authors lived and go searching :-)