Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist
Phil Stone, an Oxford attorney, was one of the first to note Faulkner's talent and took on the role of his mentor. One of Stone's in-laws was Frank Lewis, a Pascagoula businessman, community leader, and developer of the Jackson County pecan industry. The Lewis family owned a beachfront cottage in Pascagoula, which was offered to Faulkner as a writer's getaway. Here the writer summered in 1925-26 producing his second novel, Mosquitoes, and started on his third, The Wild Palms. The photograph shows him writing under the oak, which still exists, at the 1305 Beach Boulevard location.
While in Pascagoula Faulkner fell in love with a local belle, Helen Baird. Faulkner subsequently dedicated both Mosquitoes and Wild Palms to Helen.
His association with Pascagoula did continue. When Helen Baird married another in 1927, Faulkner presented her a handwritten book of love poems, Helen: A Courtship and Mississippi Poems, which was later published. In turn when Faulkner married in 1929 he came to Pascagoula for his honeymoon. Faulkner returned to visit Pascagoula one more time in 1955. It is said that while strolling the beach he encountered Helen Baird and they talked for a while. What passed between them after so many years is only for conjecture.
The world remembers Faulkner as a southern literary giant, winning the Nobel Prize in literature (1949) and two Pulitzer Prizes. He produced novels, short stories, poems, plays, screenplays, and essays. He pioneered the "stream of consciousness technique" where a person's thoughts are portrayed in a loose narrative fashion. His works include: The Sound and the Fury, The Reivers, and Absalom, Absalom!
In Pascagoula he is recalled as a quiet man, spending hours in his writing, who liked sailing and trips to Horn Island. Rosebud Leatherbury, life-long resident, recalls that in the evening while the adults were "doing their thing"
Erected by Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and City of Pascagoula.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1305.
Location. 30° 20.586′ N, 88° 33.072′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker is on Beach Boulevard west of Buena Vista Street, on the left when traveling west. Located along the Pascagoula Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cottage by the Sea Tavern (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgia P. Kinne House (about 700 feet away); The Round Island Affair - 1849 (about 800 feet away); Clark House (approx. ¼ mile away); Randall's Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); Running the Blockade: SS Fanny (Fox) (approx. 0.4 miles away); R.A. Farnsworth Summer Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capt. John Grant (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
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Also see . . . Wikipedia article on William Faulkner.(Submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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