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Faulkner and LoveThe Women Who Shaped His Art$
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Judith L. Sensibar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115031

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115031.001.0001

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Estelle Oldham's Mississippi Frontier Family

Estelle Oldham's Mississippi Frontier Family

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Faulkner and Love

Judith L. Sensibar

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the Mississippi frontier family of Estelle Oldham, William Faulkner's wife. It describes Lem and Lida Oldham's extreme demands on their eldest daughter Estelle and her need to try to meet them and analyzes the influence of this situation on Estelle's love affair with and marriage to Faulkner. This chapter also mentions that Estelle and Faulkner's marriage started badly, with her public humiliation in their honeymoon and attempted suicide.

Keywords:   Estelle Oldham, William Faulkner, frontier family, Mississippi, Lem Oldham, Lida Oldham, love affair, marriage, public humiliation, suicide

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