Oxford is perhaps best known as home to the University of Mississippi, aka “Ole Miss.” But we were more interested in tracking down the history of a famous past resident of the town who was not associated with the University; that person would be William Faulkner, the American author and Nobel prize laureate. Perhaps you, like us, will take a moment and learn more about him.
Faulkner returned to Oxford to purchase an old farm house within walking distance to the town and campus.
The home is nice but certainly not a southern plantation mansion.
The interior of the house can be toured for a small entrance fee. Here is his writing room, with the typewriter seen on the small table under the window.
Hanging on a wall in the hallway is a painting of Faulkner and the home.
Here is an excerpt from his Nobel prize in literature speech in Stockholm in 1950 during the cold war…. “Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.” You can read the entire speech here.
We say goodbye to Faulkner, to Oxford, and to you with this photo of a statue of Faulkner on a bench near the central square in town. We hope you take the time to learn more about this interesting man and his writing.