Join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Oxford’s most famous citizen.
The life and work of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner has been studied and scrutinized, probed and appraised, inspected and dissected, analyzed and examined by academics and scholars from around the world nearly constantly since he died on July 6, 1962.
Now it’s our turn.
The Lafayette-Oxford-University community will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Faulkner’s death this summer.
Meanwhile, The Oxford EAGLE is collecting personal recollections and essays from both local Faulkner fans and those across the globe.
Calendar of Events
July 6: “A William Faulkner Remembrance”
6:30 a.m. — Marathon reading of Faulkner’s final novel, “The Reivers,” begins at Rowan Oak. olunteer participants will take turns reading short sections of the novel aloud.
4:15 p.m. — Keynote addresses in the second-floor courtroom of the Lafayette County Courthouse. Scheduled speakers are Faulkner scholar Philip Weinstein, who will talk about the significance of Faulkner’s life and career, and writer Randall Kenan, who will discuss Faulkner’s legacy from the literary artist’s point of view.
8 p.m. — Free screening of the 1969 film adaptation of “The Reivers” at The Lyric Oxford.
July 7-11: The 39th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
Writers, teachers and literary scholars gather for five days of lectures and discussions reflecting on the Faulkner’s life, art, and achievement from the vantage point of the half century since his death. Visit the conference website for more information.
- Wilbur Lee Todd of Oxford recalls a friendly Faulkner giving his autograph to a young man — and a scholarship event at Rowan Oak where the author didn’t even show up.
- Kaye Bryant of Oxford recalls how the stories Faulkner told to his granddaughter and her friends struck up an unlikely correspondence — with a ghost.
- “Faulkner’s popularity extends beyond books” (May 11, 2012) — Fifty years after the death of Williams Faulkner, the Oxford writer’s work continues to be popularity. The Modern Library is reissuing six of his books this year and Hollywood is showing renewed interest in transferring his work from the page to the screen.
- “Faulkner still has many fans enjoying work” (May 10, 2012) — The late Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner is still popular today — even 50 years after his death. A day-long celebration of Faulkner’s life will be held in Oxford on July 6 this year to mark the anniversary of the literary great’s death.
- “Remembering Faulkner” (July 6, 2012) — As the community geared up to pay tribute to the late Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner at the annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, several scholars and local writers contributed their thoughts on Oxford’s own literary great in The EAGLE’s Remembering Faulkner magazine.
- “Can I introduce you to William Faulkner?” — Approaching William Faulkner’s works can be daunting for first-timers. Here, scholars and fans offer their suggestions for where to begin.
(May 4, 2012)