William Faulkner and Joan Williams: The Romance of Two Writers

William Faulkner and Joan Williams: The Romance of Two Writers


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This work looks closely at the relationship between William Faulkner and Memphis novelist Joan Williams. Their story is significant not only in its depth but also in the years of their primary involvement, 1949–1953—a period over which Faulkner won both the Nobel Prize and a National Book Award. This is the first book-length study of the Faulkner-Williams relationship, and the first truly attentive consideration of Joan Williams, her impressions of Faulkner, and her commitment to writing. Until now, Williams, an acclaimed novelist, was an “outside” woman in Faulkner’s life. Their affair and friendship is worthy of its own story.
Included here are extensive interviews with Williams conducted over several years about her relationship with Faulkner, their correspondence, and discussions of both his work and her own. It includes all of Williams’s letters to Faulkner and his letters, either directly reproduced or paraphrased.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786425990
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lisa C. Hickman is a Memphis writer and independent scholar who has published extensively on the life and work of Joan Williams and William Faulkner. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword by Richard Bausch 1

Preface 5

Introduction: Middle Years 9

1. 1949—An Afternoon Recalled 15

2. 1950—A Courtship of Letters 28

3. 1951—Other Loves 87

4. 1952—Jacob Labored Seven Years for Rachel 108

5. 1953—One Fifth Avenue 149

6. 1954–1962—Blue Mississippi Hills 183

Appendix: Joan Williams’ Critique of Faulkner’s First Draft of Requiem for a Nun 195

Notes 199

Joan Williams Selected Bibliography 211

Bibliography 213

Index 215

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