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“Gentleman from Mississippi”

Laurence Stallings

in The Dixie Limited

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9781496803382
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781496806789 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0007
“Gentleman from Mississippi”

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This chapter is an essay which looks at William Faulkner's novel Pylon, the story of a group of barnstormers who are typically Faulknerian in their curiously compelling sympathies which transcend a natural impulse of disgust. The characters include a pilot, a parachute-jumper, and a woman shared by the two, as well as a little boy whose parentage is settled by a throw of the dice, a mechanic, and a newspaperman. The barn-storming group is competing with a worthless old crate for a speed trophy at an aviation meet in the city of New Valois. The text praises Pylon, saying that “it is pleasant to adventure into the imagination of the curious gentleman from Mississippi”.

Keywords: novel; William Faulkner; Pylon; barnstormers; pilot; parachute-jumper; woman; mechanic; newspaperman; New Valois

Chapter.  1220 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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