As the community prepares to honor the life and work of William Faulkner with “A William Faulkner Remembrance” on July 6, we want to know what you remember and think about our most famous resident.
The Oxford EAGLE invites you to be a part of this community celebration by sharing your thoughts and/or stories about Faulkner with your neighbors. We couldn’t think of a better way to remember a writer than by asking Faulkner fans and friends to write down their recollections, remembrances and opinions and send them to us, so we can share them with others.
Given that Faulkner had few rules about how he wrote and what subjects he wrote about, we’re keeping the subject matter wide open about most any Faulkner topic you’d care to write about. However, we thought we’d break it down into two categories — one would focus on personal recollections about Faulkner the person, and the other would be essays on what Faulkner’s life and work mean to you.
For instance, in the personal recollections category, we invite anyone who either had a one-on-one encounter with Faulkner or whose family has a favorite Faulkner story they’ve passed down to others to send their story to us.
In the essay category, we’d like to read your thoughts on a variety of Faulkner topics. For example, you might write about what Faulkner’s writing means to you or tell us about your favorite Faulkner novel or short story and why it’s your favorite. Perhaps you could offer your suggestions as to which of Faulkner work might make the best introduction to Faulkner’s oeuvre for those who have never been introduced to the writer.
Now that a half century has passed since Faulkner died, you could ponder Faulkner’s relevance to the world of the 21st century. What can his books tell us about ourselves today? Where does Faulkner fit in our nation’s on-going discussion about race relations? Why should one even bother to read Faulkner? What is Oxford’s relationship to Faulkner in 2012, and how has it changed?
But these are some ideas you might consider writing about, but feel free to find a topic of your own to ponder and explore.
This invitation is extended to those of all ages and to those who live here, as well as to those who live far beyond Faulkner’s “own little postage stamp of native soil.”
We’ll publish a selection of these personal recollections and essays in The Oxford EAGLE in the weeks leading up to the July 6 remembrance and try to post as many as possible on our website.
While these essays and recollections can be any length, we’d encourage you to try to keep them between 100 and 750 words in length.
Email your essays and recollections — or any questions — to firstname.lastname@example.org. (March 23, 2012)