France/WW I in Flags in the Dust (Location)

A number of characters in Flags in the Dust go to France during the First World War. Bayard and John Sartoris see combat over the trenches, as pilots in the Royal Air Force; Buddy MacCallum serves with valor in the infantry; Caspey Strother was enrolled in the supply services, the only way black soldiers were allowed to serve at that time; and Horace Benbow (accompanied by Montgomery Ward Snopes) serves as a non-combatant with the Y.M.C.A.

Memphis in Flags in the Dust (Location)

Founded in 1819, Memphis, Tennessee, had over 162,000 residents in 1920, making it the closest big city to Yoknapatawpha. Made prosperous as a riverboat town, from which much of the South shipped its cotton and timber, it was also a place where people from Jefferson went to misbehave, or at least to buy liquor legally.

Virginia Battleground in Flags in the Dust (Location)

The site of Carolina Bayard Sartoris' death. Chronologically, the setting is "prior to the second battle of Manassas" -- or Bull Run, as northerners would say (10). Geographically, this puts it in northern Virginia.

Varner's Store in Flags in the Dust (Location)

Varner's store is in many ways the center of Frenchman's Bend, an important site in many of the Yoknapatawpha fictions; for example, it is the hamlet in The Hamlet. In Flags, the village is seen only briefly, at night, as Byron Snopes drives past on his way out of the county, and summed up in a sentence: "Varner's store, the blacksmith shop (now a garage too, with a gasoline pump), Mrs. Littlejohn's huge, unpainted house--all the remembered scenes of his boyhood" (278).

Courthouse Square in Flags in the Dust (Location)

Courthouse Square sits at the center of both the town of Jefferson and the county of Yoknapatawpha. At the center of the Square is the courthouse; the town's main places of business face it and each other from across the streets on all four sides of the Square.

Valley Road in Flags in the Dust (Location)

The "valley road," as the narrative calls the main road out of Jefferson going north, is perhaps the physical center of the novel's narrative, partly because it leads from town to the Sartoris plantation, and partly because Young Bayard spends so much of his time on it restlessly driving the sports car he buys after returning from the war. It is described as "smooth . . . and winding" (142), as it descends from the town, crosses the valley with "cultivated fields" along both sides, then rises into the "shimmering hills" to the north (218).

Oxford, Mississippi

Government Field/Dayton

Chicago Night Club

Kinston|Horace's New Town


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