Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Mississippi hometown marks half century post-Faulkner
Nobel laureate » Oxford marks Friday with several events that include a tag-team reading of his novel, The Reivers.


< Previous Page


"I remember one day, 1952 or ‘53, me and a few friends decided to walk by Mr. Faulkner, one at a time, and holler, ‘Good morning, Mr. Faulkner,’ or ‘How are you?,’ knowing that he would not answer," Mitchell wrote. "After we passed him, we would circle around and get in front and repeat our taunting again. He acted as if we were not even there.

"There he was — head held high, with a swagger stick under his arm, wearing his English riding pants, knee-high leather boots and tweed jacket.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"Move forward over 50 years and ask me if I feel proud of this," Mitchell wrote. "People, some of us didn’t know what we had in our midst. (I will take this opportunity to apologize.)"

Griffith said he came into the curator’s job with a respect for Faulkner’s prose but not as a "super fan." When he was growing up in Illinois, an English teacher assigned him to read "As I Lay Dying," and he protested with an essay called, "As I Die Reading."

"I remember arguing, telling her that I’d never thought about Mississippi and I’m quite sure I’ll never go to Mississippi," said Griffith, who has since re-read the book several times.

Griffith said when the teacher heard he’d been hired at Rowan Oak, she told one of his relatives: "‘I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’"




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.