Thursday, December 17, 2009

Faulkner's Oxford

Rowan Oak, the house where William Faulkner lived, is not an easy place to find. He wanted it that way. He was something of a hermit and it was stipulated that when the house was converted into a museum there would be no signs pointing the way. As a museum staffer told me "you have to really want to find it."

The house is well off the beaten path in a quiet neighborhood of Oxford, Mississippi.
In Oxford, itself, the county courthouse dominates the little square in the center of town. Faulkner wrote of the courthouse in Requiem for a Nun: "tall as cloud, solid as rock, dominating all."When in Oxford -- check out Ajax Restaurant on the square -- great catfish and fried okra.

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