The University Record, September 24, 1997

Library exhibit celebrates 100th anniversary of Faulkner's birth

One of Faulkner's books that will be on display. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services

An exhibit sponsored by the Special Collections Library will commemorate the 100th anniversary of author William Faulkner's birth. Scheduled to open Thursday (Sept. 25), the birth date in 1897 of William Faulkner, the exhibit will run through Nov. 22 on the seventh floor of the Graduate Library.

Included in the exhibit are displays of first and variant editions; photos, drawings, and writings documenting Faulkner's life; screenplays and posters concerning his work in Hollywood; and studies of his popularity and publishing history as seen through dust jackets and paperback editions. Most of the items in the exhibit are from the Library's extensive Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman William Faulkner Collection, one of the premier Faulkner collections in the country.

Faulkner, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949, was a native of Mississippi and is perhaps best known for his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury. Among his many other writings are his first novel Soldiers' Pay, which he wrote while living in New Orleans; Mosquitoes, a satire of the New Orleans literary community; his "Snopes" trilogy; and his last novel published in 1962, The Reivers. Faulkner died of a heart attack July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Miss.

The free exhibit is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.