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Faulkner and Love: The Women Who Shaped His Art

Judith L. Sensibar


This book is about the making of the writer William Faulkner. It is the first to inquire into the three most important women in his life—his black and white mothers, Caroline Barr and Maud Falkner, and the childhood friend who became his wife, Estelle Oldham. In this new exploration of Faulkner's creative process, the text discovers that these women's relationships with Faulkner were not simply close; they gave life to his imagination. The book brings to the foreground, as Faulkner did, this “female world,” an approach unprecedented in Faulkner biography. Through extensive research in untapped ... More

Keywords: William Faulkner, Caroline Barr, Maud Falkner, Estelle Oldham, race, love, addiction, fiction, women, American South

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300115031
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith L. Sensibar, author

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