Flags in the Dust, 47 (Event)

Flags in the Dust, 43 (Event)

Flags in the Dust, 44 (Event)

Flags in the Dust, 33 (Event)

Flags in the Dust, 24 (Event)

Flags in the Dust, 23 (Event)

Oxford, Mississippi in Flags in the Dust (Location)

It is well established that the imaginary town of Jefferson, seat of the imaginary county of Yoknapatawpha, is based on Faulkner's real home town of Oxford, Mississippi, seat of Lafayette County. One crucial difference between the two towns is that there is no university in Jefferson, so when Young Bayard and his drinking buddies drive out of town to serenade the women's dorm on a college campus, the trip gives Faulkner a way to establish the distance between his fictional world and the real one.

Government Field/Dayton in Flags in the Dust (Location)

The Wright Brothers were from Dayton, Ohio, so the city's connection to flight has a Faulknerian pedigree. The only detail the novel provides about the airfield from which Young Bayard lauches himself into the sky for the last time is that it has a paved runway, a "tarmac" (389). He is, however, presumably thinking of North Field, built just north of Dayton for Orville Wright's airplane factory, and leased to the U.S. Army in 1917.

Kinston|Horace's New Town in Flags in the Dust (Location)

At the end of the novel both Bayard Sartoris and Horace Benbow are in exile from Yoknapatawpha. Bayard dies in a plane crash in Ohio. Horace is living with Belle in an unnamed town that Faulkner's narrative describes as the antithesis of the old, tree-shaded neighborhood in Jefferson that Horace has left behind. It's a new town, built around a lumber factory "financed by eastern capital" and run by "as plausible and affable a set of brigands as ever stole a county" (373).

Grenada and Calhoun Co., Mississippi in Flags in the Dust (Location)

"That day we was in Calhoun county" (230) - this is how Old Man Falls begins telling Old Bayard about how Colonel John Sartoris single-handedly captured a company of Yankee cavalry. The Colonel's troop was moving north, after serving with Confederate General Van Dorn to keep an eye on U. S. Grant's forces in Grenada. Both Calhoun and Grenada are real places, though there no major Civil War battles took place in either of them.


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