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William Faulkner:
A Centenary Celebration


Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles: A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans. Drawings by William Spratling New Orleans: The Pelican Bookshop, 1926..
William Faulkner provides the introduction and arrangement of Spratling's caricatures based on the friends they shared while living in the French Quarter.

To the Voters of Oxford. [Oxford, Miss.: privately printed, n.d.].
Faulkner distributed this self-published broadside within the Oxford community in September 1950 when the question of the town's "dryness" was put on the ballot. Faulkner raises the arguments of those who would have it remain dry, and then answers them with an acerbic wit that must have attracted attention.

William Faulkner's Speech of Acceptance upon the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Delivered in Stockholm on the Tenth of December, Nineteen Hundred Fifty. [New York: The Spiral Press, 1951].
This address is one of the best-known Nobel Prize acceptance speeches and is often included in Faulkner anthologies today. It has also been largely debated whether or not Faulkner believed the words he spoke. Whether or not he did does not detract from the power of his words which focus on the hope for humankind and the role of the artist.

An Address. Delivered by William Faulkner at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of Delta Council May 15, 1952. Cleveland, Miss.: Delta Council, 1952.
In this address delivered at the Delta State Teachers College, Faulkner's subject is one that should be familar to his readers: the idea that the "duty of man [is] to be responsible... if he wishes to remain free.'' As the years went by, the elder Faulkner built quite a reputation for public speaking even though he preferred the shadows.

Essays, Speeches & Public Letters. London: Chatto & Windus, 1967.
This British edition collects a variety of opinions by Faulkner. Despite his desire for privacy, he had little tolerance for injustice.

The Oxford Eagle. Oxford: Miss.: The Eagle, 1976.
This Souvenir Edition of Aug. 6, 1976 reprints the original 1962 issue devoted to William Faulkner.
While the people of Oxford, Mississippi may have mixed opinions of their favorite son, they did acknowledge his achievements from time to time--this souvenir edition of the local paper is just one example.

The Faulkner Newsletter & Yoknapatawpha Review. Edited by William Boozer. 1981-
This publication is a quarterly devoted to providing a forum for Faulkner fans and scholars to exchange ideas. Its contents range from serious scholarly study to light-hearted observations.

A Sorority Pledge. Edited by Jane Isbell Haynes. Northport, Ala.: The Seajay Press, 1983.
This facsimile of a pledge was "copied" by William Faulkner at the request of one of his stepdaughter's college friends. After hanging on a wall for many years, she noticed that it was longer than her sorority pledge. Close examination revealed that Faulkner had embellished it considerably.


The Wishing Tree. Illustrated by Don Bolognese. New York: Random House [1967].
This first printing includes a limited edition of 500; this is number 226.

The Wishing Tree. Illustrated by Don Bolognese. New York: Random House [1967].
First printing.

Wells, Dean Faulkner. The Ghosts of Rowan Oak: William Faulkner's Ghost Stories for Children. Oxford, Mississippi: Yoknapatawpha Press [1980].
This collection of ghost stories has been recounted by William Faulkner's niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, and illustrated by John F. Davis. The introduction is by Willie Morris. A publisher's prospectus accompanies this signed copy.


Although Faulkner is best known as an author, some of his first artistic ventures were in drawing and painting. Some critics have likened his artwork to that of Aubrey Beardsley.

William Faulkner: Early Prose and Poetry. Compilation and Introduction by Carvel Collins. London: Jonathan Cape [1963].
First British edition. Cover design by William Faulkner.

Mayday. Introduction by Carvel Collins. Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press [1978].
The facsimiles shown in this trade edition reproduce the only watercolors painted by William Faulkner known to exist.

The Marionettes. Introduction and textual apparatus by Noel Polk. Charlottesville: Published for the Bibliographical Society of the University [1977].
Illustrated by William Faulkner.
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