From Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak, to his grave, Oxford is the ultimate literary destination to get a glimpse into the life of a Southern icon.
Photo Courtesy of Dean Faulkner Wells
Every year, about 25,000 literary pilgrims come from around the world to visit Oxford, Mississippi, the heart of the “postage stamp of native soil” that was the model for William Faulkner’s world. The fictional setting for most of his stories, Yoknapatawpha County is “one of the most convincing ever conceived by a writer,” wrote the late Willie Morris in a 1989 National Geographic cover story. “A microcosm not only of the South but also of the human race,” Willie observed, Faulkner’s fictitious county and the real one—Lafayette—“are the most tangibly, palpably connected to one writer’s soul of any locale in America.”