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The Past Is Not DeadEssays from the Southern Quarterly$
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Douglas B. Chambers and Kenneth Watson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033032

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.001.0001

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The Mississippi Frontier in Faulkner’s Fiction and in Fact

The Mississippi Frontier in Faulkner’s Fiction and in Fact

(p.212) The Mississippi Frontier in Faulkner’s Fiction and in Fact
The Past Is Not Dead

Don H. Doyle

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the themes covered in William Faulkner’s work. It considers a place he invented, Yoknapatawpha County, the setting of a multitude of novels and short stories over the course of more than three decades. He filled this place with fictional characters, most of which were either historically accurate or plausible. It is argued that Faulkner’s writing is historical because so many of the people and events, the language and customs, could only be found in this part of the world and in the particular time in which Faulkner set them.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Yoknapatawpha County, history, writing

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