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Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Faulkner Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3


Consists of manuscripts and letters of American novelist and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner and related materials, including manuscripts of Maurice Coindreau's translation into French of four Faulkner novels.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.

Collection History


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.

Custodial History:

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2014 in 2011.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

William Faulkner Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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