Friday, September 19, 2008

Rowan Oak

William Faulkner set many of his stories in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha, including the novels As I Lay Dying, Intruders in the Dust, The Sound and the Fury, and Light In August. Yoknapatawpha, located in northwestern Mississippi, is believed to be based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, home to Oxford.

It doesn't take long to realize the importance of William Faulkner to the town of Oxford and the reverence he is given. Besides the aforementioned bronze statue on The Square, perhaps the biggest reminder of and tribute to Faulkner is the preservation of his home, Rowan Oak. Cared for by The University of Mississippi, Rowan Oak is now a museum, allowing visitors a glimpse into Faulkner's life.

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In his study, visitors are able to see the outline of Faulkner's Pulitzer-prize winning novel A Fable, which he scrolled on the plaster walls.

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Rowan Oak is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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