Academic journal article The Faulkner Journal

Jim Hinkle 1924-1990

Academic journal article The Faulkner Journal

Jim Hinkle 1924-1990

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There are ways in which Jim Hinkle knew more about the works of William Faulkner than anybody else, ways in which he knew much less, and in his ten short years as a professional, publishing Faulknerian, he taught us all a lot about the way Faulkner wrote, the milieu in which he lived. Most of all, he cared about WHAT Faulkner wrote, and insisted that the essential task, the first job, of the literary critic, is to look at the words the author actually wrote.

I know few people who were more completely engaged in their work, nobody who got more pleasure out of his work, or was more proud of the work he had done; yet at the same time I have never known anybody who had less ego involved in the work. He was eager to discover fine differences among types of name strings, or the location of bridges across the river Seine, just to test whether that kind of knowledge made any difference in the way he read a passage in Faulkner or Hemingway, and he made it his religion constantly to seek out and ingest new facts which might affect his understanding. …

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