New Books, New Displays, New Memories


Faulkner in his library by Henri Cartier-Bresson

On July 6, 1962, the world lost one of its great literary luminaries, William Faulkner. Luckily, his works continue to entertain and inspire readers, while Rowan Oak gives the public the opportunity to live with Mr. Faulkner, if only for an hour. Last summer’s 2012 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference theme, “Fifty Years after Faulkner,” honored the great author’s legacy.

There are two new books commemorating William Faulkner’s life. Above the Treetops by Jack Sacco, chronicles William Faulkner and Bobby Little’s friendship. Hardback copies are currently on sale in the Museum Store. The second book, Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells is out in paperback. Curator of Rowan Oak, Bill Griffith, describes it as “[one of] the most humane treatments of the Faulkner family yet written,” a true essential for any Faulkner fan.

Rowan Oak has installed two new display cases. One case is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner’s passing with letters from Tom Brokaw and William Styron, while the second case contains two photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson.



Also, the new film adaptation of As I Lay Dying, directed by James Franco, is sure to spark a new interest in one of the South’s most beloved authors. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference
July 21–25, 2013. Our new volunteers, Martha Huckins and Rebecca McDouglad, are happy to inform visitors about Mississippi’s favorite author, so beat the crowds and come visit Rowan Oak.