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Faulkner and Print Culture

Edited by Jay Watson
and Jaime Harker
By James G. Thomas, Jr

256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 17 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

9781496812308 Printed casebinding $65.00S

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