Faulkner Exhibit on Display in Kent Library

William Faulkner and Mark Twain

A selection of William Faulkner materials collected by Jane Isbell Haynes, a noted Faulkner scholar, and recently donated to Southeast is currently on exhibit in the Center for Faulkner Studies in Kent Library.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 20, 2008 — A selection of William Faulkner materials collected by Jane Isbell Haynes, a noted Faulkner scholar, and recently donated to Southeast Missouri State University is currently on exhibit in the Center for Faulkner Studies in Kent Library.

Included in the exhibit is the handwritten manuscript “Sorority” that Faulkner penned in 1933 as a gift to a young female college student who was visiting Faulkner’s stepdaughter at Rowan Oak, the author’s Oxford home.

Also on exhibit are photographs, magazines in which Faulkner’s earliest work appeared, Haynes’s scholarly publications, and a copy of the only known water color painting by Faulkner.  There is even a discarded brick from the original patio of Faulkner’s antebellum home in Oxford.

Haynes, formerly of Memphis and now a resident of Irvine, Calif., did not become interested in Faulkner until age 60, but she went on to become an avid Faulkner collector and author of numerous treatments of the author’s life and works, including two books dealing with Faulkner’s ancestry and background:  William Faulkner: His Tippah County Heritage and William Faulkner: His Lafayette County Heritage.

The exhibit will remain available for viewing until May 15.