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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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Caroline Barr's Origins

Caroline Barr's Origins

A Speculative Reconstruction

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(p.34) 2 Caroline Barr's Origins
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Faulkner and Love
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Judith L. Sensibar

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115031.003.0004

This chapter examines the origins of Caroline Barr before she became part of the Faulkner household. It explains that there are different versions of Barr's origins and suggests that she may have been from the Guinea coast of Africa because she can speak a Gullah dialect. It also discusses the work of Barr and her daughters on a cotton plantation near Clarksdale. This chapter also suggests that Barr's feistiness and temper may indicate some of the reasons why William Faulkner was so drawn to her and why the irresolvably painful issues their relationship raised remained such a dominating presence in his imagination.

Keywords:   Caroline Barr, Faulkner household, Guinea coast, Gullah dialect, cotton plantation, Clarksdale, feistiness, temper, William Faulkner

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