Announcement of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to William Faulkner came on Nov. 10, 1950.
Under the title “I Know William Faulkner,” his friend, mentor and fellow Oxonian, Phil Stone, wrote in the Nov. 16 issue of the Oxford EAGLE about his lifelong friendship with the now world famous author. Noted New York critic, scholar and translator, Stark Young, also of Oxford, took exception to this statement. (July 23, 2010, Page 3B)
OXFORD TOWN – Looking for something to do outside? Page 5 in this week’s Oxford Town introduces our newest columnist, Michelle McAnally, as she breaks down convenient recreational choices available to everyone. In upcoming issues, McAnally will be covering tons of local and regional outdoor activities that will appeal to the young and old alike. This week; an introduction to the region’s best kept secret, Holly Springs National Forest, just minutes from Oxford in neighboring Marshall County. Get your hiking boots on, turn to page 5 and welcome Michelle McAnally to Oxford Town. (July 22, 2010, Page 5)
The 37th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference opening event was ideal. For visitors, the evening was a perfect mix of a hot Mississippi summer, good food, and lots of talk about William Faulkner. This year’s conference focus is Faulkner and film. During the opening event Faulkner scholar Matt Ramsey, introduced the opening night film “Roads of Glory.” (July 19, 2010, Page 1)
This week columnist Jack Mayfield uncovered a letter issued by William Faulkner’s hunting group to King Gustav of Sweden. Read about one of the most interesting stories told about Faulkner and his personal life, found only in this weeks Oxford Living section. (July 16, 2010, Page 3B)
OXFORD TOWN– Sunday kicks off the annual Faulkner conference and this year focuses on my favorite topic: film. Producer Lee Caplin, whom I wrote about in October when he attended the Oxford Film Festival’s “Intruder in the Dust,” 60th anniversary screening, returns on Sunday to talk producing Faulkner movies. (July 15, 2010, Page 11)
With the upcoming Faulkner Conference later in July, columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield will focus on the local people and stories that Faulkner befriended. (July 9, 2010, Page 3B)
LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – This week, Dees gets thrown in the drunk tank in L.A. How he got there and what led to his arrest aren’t important. What’s important is the fact that he’s sharing a cell with Lindsay Lohan (a huge William Faulkner fan) and the embattled CEO of British Petroleum, Tony Hayward. Read about this unlikely trio and what may be the strangest and funniest conversation ever in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (July 8, 2010, Page 6)
In the fall of 1907, when the University of Texas lured Stark Young away from Oxford, William Faulkner had not risen to fame as Oxford’s well-known author of the first half of the 20th century. Neither had Young been recognized as an author, playwright or drama critic.
Their time was yet to come. (June 18, 2010, Page 3B)
A rare auction of William Faulkner’s works on June 22 at Christie’s, the fine arts auction house in New York, will offer a large collection of the Nobel-prize winning author’s books and manuscripts. (June 14, 2010, Page 3)
Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)