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The Dixie LimitedWriters on William Faulkner and His Influence$
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M. Thomas Inge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496803382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.001.0001

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“Faulkner’s Mississippi”

“Faulkner’s Mississippi”

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(p.254) “Faulkner’s Mississippi”
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The Dixie Limited
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Willie Morris

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0039

This chapter comments on William Faulkner's imaginative, intuitive world known as Yoknapatawpha County—which it considers one of the most convincing ever conceived by a writer. Faulkner's own “little postage stamp of native soil,” as he called it, was a spiritual kingdom that he transformed into a microcosm not only of the South but also of the human race. More than any other major American novelist, with the possible exception of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Faulkner stayed close to home. Despite his later sojourns in Hollywood and in Charlottesville, Virginia, his physical and emotional fidelity to Oxford and to Mississippi, to the land and the people that shaped him, was at the core of his being. The chapter also discusses Faulkner's stand on racism and poverty, which had forever been his native state's twin burdens.

Keywords:   poverty, William Faulkner, Yoknapatawpha County, South, Oxford, Mississippi, racism

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