Jackson, Mississippi — October 10, 2019 — The Mississippi Writers Trail celebrated the world-renowned literary contributions of author William Faulkner on Thursday with the dedication of a marker in Oxford. The marker is located in front of Rowan Oak, the author’s longtime home, at 916 Old Taylor Rd.
“William Faulkner is arguably one of the greatest American writers of all time, honing his craft and receiving his inspiration right here, in Oxford, Mississippi,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “From the walls of Rowan Oak to the world over, his words have told the South’s story for generations and we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor his legacy with a Mississippi Writers Trail marker.”
Winner of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in New Albany on Sept. 25, 1897, and moved with his family to Oxford as a child. He made an indelible mark on American letters by bringing a modernist literary sensibility to storytelling about his native South. His representations of class, race, history and the land – set in the fictional Mississippi county of Yoknapatawpha – are drawn in vivid detail in novels such as “The Sound and the Fury,” “As I Lay Dying,” “Absalom! Absalom!” and many others. He won the Pulitzer Prize for “A Fable,” whose outline is penciled on the walls of his Rowan Oak office, and for “The Reivers,” published in the year of his death, 1962.
The Mississippi Writers Trail is an initiative of the Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Mississippi Book Festival, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi Library Commission. The trail would not be possible without the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities is available at neh.gov.
The trail will span the state and highlight notable places that helped shape some of the world’s most acclaimed authors’ lives and influenced their renowned works. For additional information, go to visitmississippi.org/writerstrail.