The two of us wrote this chapter collaboratively, and "we" is used throughout the essay for the sake of consistency. In AmLS 1998 (p. 153) we implied that an essay by M. Thomas Inge, "The Dixie Limited: Writers on Faulkner and His Influence," was in part taken from his William Faulkner: The Contemporary Reviews (1995). This is not true. "The Dixie Limited" consists of almost entirely new material and is a survey of every reference that Inge has found in which an important writer mentions Faulkner's influence. The essay is based on entirely original research, as indicated by its 106 footnotes. We regret the error and recommend Inge's essay highly.
After reading this year's crop of scholarship, we are moved to note that Faulkner studies continues to suffer from critical inattention to the later works, leaving some critics without a fully informed understanding of his contributions to 20th-century literary and intellectual history. We gratefully acknowledge the help of Stacy Thorne, our graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, in preparing this chapter. Finally, this year's Faulkner chapter will be Philip Cohen's last. After writing the chapter solo in 1994 and 1995 and co-writing it with Joseph Urgo from 1996 to 1999, he will be stepping down because of increased responsibilities at his home institution. Professor Urgo will carry on as the sole writer for the chapter next year.
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Noel Polk has uncovered a letter from Faulkner to Mary Frances Wiley, wife of University of Mississippi historian Bell Wiley, and published it in "'How the negros [sic] became McCaslins too . . . ': A New Faulkner Letter" (SC 5, iii: 103–08). Written in June 1942, the letter contains an [End Page 179] explicit statement by Faulkner regarding the child who "was both [Lucius Quintus Carothers] McCaslin's son and his grandson," a fact inferred by critics but never stated explicitly in the text. Polk's commentary asks why Faulkner left the matter to inference, and whether it was the fact's clarity itself that is at issue in the novel. (For an extensive analysis of this question, see David Evans, "Taking the Place of Nature: 'The Bear' and the Incarnation of America," discussed below.) The holograph letter and its envelope are reproduced. In an item we missed, Donald Kartiganer reprints with an introduction "Rose of Lebanon," a short story omitted from Joseph Blotner's Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner (1979) (Oxford American 7 [May–June 1995]: 51–73). Kartiganer's introduction to the story is a shorter version of his more complete study in Hans Skei's William Faulkner's Short Fiction (see AmLS 1998, pp. 174–78). Kartiganer sees "Rose of Lebanon" as an important structural and thematic precursor to Absalom, Absalom!'s "paradoxical dream of maintaining a hold on the past while achieving a creative autonomy in the present."
In his introduction to "Lucas Beauchamp: An Unpublished Story" (VQR 75: 417–37) Patrick Samway recounts how Faulkner took a break from his work on A Fable in 1947–48 to write Intruder in the Dust. Faulkner hoped in vain to serialize the novel in a magazine and may have been involved in producing an excerpt that follows closely the first 27 pages of the Intruder typescript. The excerpt that Samway reproduces here is based on a photocopy of a copy from the files of Faulkner's agent, Harold Ober. Readers now have one more version of Faulkner's substantively shifting characterization of Lucas Beauchamp to use in charting changes in Faulkner's notions of race and in his literary representations of race.
Bart Welling's well-researched "Faulkner's Library Revisited" (MissQ 52: 365–420) usefully catalogues and discusses the contents of six boxes of books from Faulkner's personal library that Jill Faulkner Summers transferred from Knole Farm to the University of Virginia's Department of Special Collections in 1998. Although a comprehensive revision of Blotner's William Faulkner's Library: A Catalogue (see AmLS 1965, p. 83) cannot occur until the rest of Faulkner's library, now housed at Rowan Oak, becomes available, Welling demonstrates that some...