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William Faulkner Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.

American novelist William Faulkner is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and one of the most important "Southern writers." Known for his experimental styles, he made frequent use of "stream of consciousness" in his writing. Most of his stories are set in his native Mississippi in a fictional county he called Yoknapatawpha. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

The collection consists of manuscripts and letters of Faulkner and related materials, including manuscripts of Maurice Coindreau's translation into French of four Faulkner novels: As I Lay Dying, Requiem for a Nun, The Sound and the Fury, The Wild Palms. Among the eight letters included in the collection two are addressed to Coindreau, dated 1932 and 1937, in which Faulkner offers his assistance and gratitude to the translator. There is a small, pencil-drawn map in the hand of the author of the mythical town of Jefferson, along with eleven typed manuscripts of essays, speeches, and short stories, many of which have holograph corrections.

Among the manuscripts included in the collection are "Afternoon of a Cow," "Freedom American Style," "By the People," "Mississippi," "On Privacy," and "An Innocent at Rinkside." Miscellaneous materials include photographs of the author, copies of television plays of Faulkner's works, copies of essays and articles about Faulkner, and a large assortment of newspaper clippings pertaining to his literary career.

Arranged by box as follows: 1. Maurice Coindreau's French translations; 2. Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs; 3. Essays, clippings, miscellany about Faulkner.

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

10 Faulkner transcripts are a gift of Harold Ober. Typed letter from Faulkner to Oates and 17 page typescript of "On Fear..." are a gift of Prof. Whitney J. Oates. Letter from Carl Van Vechten to Meriwether is a gift of James B. Meriwether. Microfilm of drafts of "There was a Queen" and "Sanctuary" is a gift of Linton Massey. Script of adaptation of "As I Lay Dying" is a gift of Lewis Freedman. Seven letters by Faulkner are a gift of Harry A. Decker. Various Faulkner, Dos Passos, and Larbaud manuscripts along with 2 Letters from Faulkner to Coindreau are a gift of Prof. M.E. Coindreau.

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Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2014 in 2011.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Maurice Coindreau's Translation into French of Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun - Requiem pour une Nonne, 1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Maurice Coindreau's Translation into French of Faulkner's The Wild Palms - Les Palmiers Sauvages, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Maurice Coindreau's Translation into French of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - Tandis que j'agonise, 1934. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Maurice Coindreau's Translation into French of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury - Le Bruit et la Fureur, 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes and Manuscripts by Maurice Coindreau, Translator of Faulkner, 1933-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

As I Lay Dying - Script for Televisoin Adaptation; Interview with Katherine Anne Porter, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Freedom American Style" - Article (with Corrections), 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Afternoon of a Cow" A Pseudonymous Story by WIlliam Faulkner by Trueblood, Ernest V, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"An Innocent at Rinkside" (with Corrections), 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Memo to Saxe Commins - 6 Lines in Autograph, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"My Grandmother Millard and General Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Harrykin Creek" (with Corrections), 1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Mississippi" (with Corrections), 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Fear: The South in Labor: Mississippi (The American Dream: What Happened to It)" (with Autograph Corrections), 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Fear. The South in Labor: Mississippi", Carbon of Typescript, 17p, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Sound and the Fury" - Television Adaptation, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Speech at the National Book Awards Meeting" Carbon of Transcript including 33 autographical words, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Requiem for a Nun, Uncorrected, Proof., 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Weekend Revisited", Carbon Typescript, 22p.; Invoice of Typscript, 1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

7 Letters from Faulkner to Harry A. Decker, 1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence A-Z, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Map of Jefferson, Mississippi, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"By the People" (with Autographical Corrections), 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Address at the Closing Plenary Session of the Seventh National Conference of the U. S. National Commission for UNESCO, in Denver, CO, 1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Letter to a Northern Editor" (with Corrections), 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"If I Were a Negro" (with Autographical Corrections), 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Privacy. The American Dream: What Happened to It?" (with Autographical Corrections", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Stone, Phil - Letter to James Meriwether Regarding Faulkner, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence A-Z, 1932-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs of William Faulkner, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photograph of the Scroll Presented to William Faulkner at Nagano Seminar, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Warren, Robert Penn - "William Faulkner and His South", 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Text of Faulkner's Acceptance Speech for the Athens Academy Silver Medal in Greece, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poster and Program for Faulkner's "Requiem pour une Nonne" Dramatic Adaptation, in French, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Text from Faulkner in Japan, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Book Award Address, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs and Program Guide from "Intruder in the Dust", 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Requiem for a Nun" German Production Material, 1956-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Periodicals, Pamphlets, and Notes, 1956-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous - Periodicals, Clippings, and Photographs, 1925-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Print, Suggest