A Faulkner Miscellany

A Faulkner Miscellany

A Faulkner Miscellany

A Faulkner Miscellany

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This collection is a revision of the Summer, 1973 issue of the Mississippi Quarterly (volume XXVI, no. 3), which was the tenth in the annual series of Faulkner issues of that journal that I have edited. The book reviews and two short essays were dropped from that issue. For this book, additions and corrections to the pieces by Professors Butterworth and Millgate were made; and the illustrations, the essays by Fr. Samway and myself, and the two versions of Faulkner's 1961 Caracas speech have been added.

Like the Mississippi Quarterly issue upon which it is based, A Faulkner Miscellany concerns itself with what is one of the most significant, but one of the least studied, areas of the Faulkner field: his manuscripts and typescripts, his unpublished and uncollected writings. It was made possible by the great generosity of Mrs. Jill Faulkner Summers, Faulkner's daughter and literary executrix. Very grateful thanks are rendered her for approving the publication of the Faulkner writings which appear here for the first time, and for permitting access to and quotation from the many Faulkner manuscripts and typescripts upon which the other pieces in this volume depend. Especial thanks are due Mrs. Summers for making available to me the Rowan Oak papers, that group of his manuscripts and typescripts which turned up in August 1970 in a closet in Faulkner's house in Oxford. Those papers are, at the time of the writing of this preface, still in a vault at the University of Mississippi, and by Mrs. Summers' wishes are closed to further investigation. But she very kindly arranged for photocopies to be made available to me in order to carry out certain bibliographical and editorial tasks which she had entrusted to me (as she had previously done for Professor Joseph Blotner in order to enable him to incorporate information from them into his biography of Faulkner). I should also like to thank Professor James W. Webb for assistance in my work on these papers. Professor Blotner very kindly made avail-

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