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William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist

 
 
William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
1. William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist Marker
Inscription. William Faulkner (1897-1962) is considered one of the great Southern writers. Faulkner is traditionally associated with northern Mississippi. For much of his life, Oxford, Mississippi was his home, and many of his stories were set in his fictional county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi. What is not so well known is that he spent time in Pascagoula and penned novels here.

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. But their marriage was not to be. Their lifestyles were too different; she Southern aristocrat, he more Bohemian. However, scholars say the character in Wild Palms was modeled from her.

His
Marker can be seen along Beach Boulevard between the left two streetlights. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
2. Marker can be seen along Beach Boulevard between the left two streetlights.
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" he would gather her and the other children around and "tell us great stories."
 
Erected by Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and City of Pascagoula.
William Faulkner image. Click for full size.
By Public domain © Carl Van Vechten (LOC), 1954
3. William Faulkner

 
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. Touch for map. Located along the Pascagoula Promenade. Marker is at or near this postal address: Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Round Island Affair - 1849 (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Running the Blockade: SS Fanny (Fox) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capt. John Grant (approx. half a mile away); Shipbuilding in Jackson County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Louisiana Native Guard Attacks Pascagoula (approx. one mile away); Camp Jefferson Davis (approx. one mile away); President Zachary Taylor's Summer Home Site (approx. one mile away); Camp Jefferson Davis - Soldiers Return From The Mexican War - 1848 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Mississippi markers about William Faulkner.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on William Faulkner. (Submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
View from marker looking east along the Pascagoula Promenade. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
4. View from marker looking east along the Pascagoula Promenade.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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