Literary Treasure

Faulkner Inspiration Found

Researchers have located a diary which provided key material for Nobel prize-winning author William Faulkner, whose books like The Sound and Fury became signal events in American literature. The manuscript, which dates back to the mid-1800s and belonged to a Faulkner neighbor, was the source for names and details that made up the treasured Yoknapatawpha County of Faulkner's fiction. “I think it’s one of the most sensational literary discoveries of recent decades,” said one English professor. Another called the diary's discovery "a once-in-a-lifetime find."