Kent Library Presents: William Faulkner’s Missouri Connections: Southeast Missouri’s Influence on Mississippi’s Faulkner Family

In the fall of 2013, Special Collections and Archives at Southeast Missouri State University, in collaboration with the Center for Faulkner Studies, acquired a Faulkner family letter from Pat Parker of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri that provides indisputable evidence of William Faulkner’s ancestral connections to Southeast Missouri. The letter was written by James W. Falkner (written as J.W. Falkner), the brother of William Faulkner’s great grandfather, Colonel William Clark Falkner, during the Civil War from a prisoner of war camp in Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio, to an unidentified relative in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Roxanne Dunn and A.J. Medlock of Special Collections and Archives and Dr. Christopher Rieger and Dr. Robert Hamblin of the Center for Faulkner Studies will discuss the acquisition of the letter and Southeast Missouri’s influence on William Faulkner and his literary works. Please join us for this event on Wednesday, February 12th 2014 at noon in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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