Youth 1897–1918

Joel Williamson

in William Faulkner and Southern History

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780195101294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854233 | DOI:
Youth 1897–1918

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William Faulkner had a fairy-tale childhood. He grew up in the country villages of New Albany and Ripley, and — after the age of five when his father's change in business relations made a family move necessary — the town of Oxford. He was one of those barefoot boys in overalls with trouser legs rolled up a notch or two, and baseballs, fishing poles, and shaggy-haired Shetland ponies fit the picture perfectly. “Willie,” as he was first called, had plenty of games, plenty of play, and plenty of friends with names like Buck, Buddy, and Tochie.

Keywords: William Faulkner; New Albany; Ripley; Oxford

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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