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Faulkner's County The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha

ISBN-10: 0807849316
ISBN-13: 9780807849316
Edition: 2001
Authors: Don H. Doyle
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Description: Lafayette County, Mississippi, was the primary inspiration for what is arguably the most famous place in American fiction: William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. Faulkner once explained that in his Yoknapatawpha stories he "sublimated the actual  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Lafayette County, Mississippi, was the primary inspiration for what is arguably the most famous place in American fiction: William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. Faulkner once explained that in his Yoknapatawpha stories he "sublimated the actual into the apocryphal." This history of Lafayette County reverses that notion, using Faulkner's rich fictional portrait of a place and its people to illuminate the past. From the arrival of Europeans in Chickasaw Indian territory in 1540 to Faulkner's death in 1962, Don Doyle chronicles more than four centuries of local history. He traces the building of a permanent community and plantation economy by white settlers, the lives of slaves in the region, the experiences of secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction, town life in Oxford, and the "Revolt of the Rednecks" Faulkner captured in his saga of the Snopes clan. Drawing on both history and literature, Doyle renders a rich and deeply researched portrait of Faulkner's home. "Yoknapatawpha was a place of the imagination, invented by Faulkner as a vehicle for developing a coherent body of fiction," Doyle writes, "but the raw materials from which he created this place and its people lay right at his front porch."

Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, is author of Faulkner's County: The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha.

Preface
Introduction: Listen, Stranger
Yoknapatawpha
Genesis
Communities
The Slaves
Revolution
War
The Vanquished
Another War
Rednecks
The Town
Epilogue: What Was, Is
Notes
Selected Readings
Index

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