Exhibit: "William Faulkner at the University of Virginia"
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, 1st Floor
Through August 1, 2008
Yoknapawtapha County map detail
An exhibit devoted both to William Faulkner's semesters in the late 1950's as Writer-in-Residence at U.Va. and to the way he is studied in the University today is currently on display on the first floor of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.
Curated by the graduate students enrolled this semester in Professor Railton's Faulkner seminar, the exhibit draws from the Library's extensive Faulkner collections. It suggests ways in which Mr. Faulkner's achievement is appreciated and studied in the University today.
Typewriter used by Faulkner in his
Alderman Library office
The exhibit features letters, manuscripts, the typewriter from his office while in Alderman Library, and a map of Yoknapatawpha County (the fictional Mississippi county where Faulkner set much of his work). In addition, there is an interactive kiosk featuring both audio clips and movies of Mr. Faulkner. The exhibit and kiosk will be up through August 1, 2008.
Led by Stephen F. Railton, U.Va. Professor of English, an accompanying symposium will feature a discussion with four noted Faulkner scholars of the ways in which "Faulkner in the University" has changed since the late 1950's.
Recently, an endangered collection of unique audio recordings featuring author William Faulkner was on the verge of irreversible deterioration—until Preservation Services came to the rescue.
The forty-five reels of tape conserved by Preservation include Faulkner reciting brief works, such as "The Town" and "Spotted Horses," or sections of his novels, such as The Sound and the Fury.