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13. Southern Renaissance

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[3309] Letter, Philip Avery Stone to John Sharp Williams requesting support for William Faulkner's appointment as postmaster at the University of Mississippi (1922),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [A86].
This position of postmaster was a way for Faulkner to earn an income and continue writing, as it paid a full salary, but did not require full-time work.

[5122] Anonymous, Rowan Oak, Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, Lafayette County, MS,
courtesy of the Library of Congress [HABS, Miss, 36-OXFO, 9-].
William Faulkner's home in Mississippi. Highly formalized in their layout, large plantations usually centered on the "big house," an imposing, often neoclassical structure designed as an expression of the good taste and prosperity of the owner.

[6948] Jack E. Boucher, South front and west side, Rowan Oak, Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, Lafayette County, MS [William Faulkner's old house] (1975),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [HABS, MISS, 36-OXFO, 9-4].
The myth of the "Old South" generally referred to the "plantation legend" of antebellum (and much postbellum) popular fiction that portrayed white southerners as genteel aristocrats and slavery as a benevolent, paternal institution from which blacks and whites benefited equally. Although Faulkner grew up in a neoclassical "big house," he challenged this myth in his fiction.

[7488] Anonymous, William Faulkner Handed 1949 Nobel Prize of $30,000 for Literature (1949),
courtesy of AP/Wide World Photos.
Some audiences eagerly anticipated Faulkner's acceptance of the Nobel Prize, as he rarely spoke publicly or dressed formally.

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