A fascinating survey of Faulkner's publishing history with periodicals and publishing houses
Contributions by Greg Barnhisel,
John N. Duvall, Kristin Fujie, Sarah E.
Gardner, Jaime Harker, Kristi Rowan
Humphreys, Robert Jackson, Mary
A. Knighton, Jennifer Nolan, Carl
Rollyson, Tim A. Ryan, Jay Satterfield,
Erin A. Smith, and Yung-Hsing Wu
William Faulkner's first ventures into
print culture began far from the world
of highbrow New York publishing houses such as Boni & Liveright
or Random House and little magazines such as the Double-Dealer.
With that diverse publishing history in mind, this collection
explores Faulkner's multifaceted engagements, as writer and reader,
with the United States and international print cultures of his era,
along with how these cultures have mediated his relationship with
various twentieth- and twenty-first-century audiences.
These essays address the place of Faulkner and his writings
in the creation, design, publishing, marketing, reception, and
collecting of books, in the culture of twentieth-century magazines,
journals, newspapers, and other periodicals (from pulp to avantgarde),
in the history of modern readers and readerships, and in the
construction and cultural politics of literary authorship.
Several contributors focus on Faulkner's sensational 1931
novel Sanctuary to illustrate the author's multifaceted relationship
to the print ecology of his time, tracing the novel's path from the
wellsprings of Faulkner's artistic vision to the novel's reception
among reviewers, tastemakers, intellectuals, and other readers of
the early 1930s. Other essayists discuss Faulkner's early notices,
the Saturday Review of Literature, Saturday Evening Post, men's
magazines of the 1950s, and Cold War modernism.
Jay Watson, Oxford, Mississippi, is Howry Professor of Faulkner
Studies and professor of English at the University of Mississippi.
His many publications include Fifty Years after Faulkner, Faulkner's
Geographies, Faulkner and Whiteness, and Conversations with
Larry Brown, all from University Press of Mississippi. Jaime
Harker, Water Valley, Mississippi, is professor of literature and
director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at
the University of Mississippi and author of America the Middlebrow:
Women's Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship
between the Wars and Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood
in America. James G. Thomas, Jr., Oxford, Mississippi, is associate
director for publications at the Center for the Study of Southern
Culture and editor of multiple works on southern literature and was
managing editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 17 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index