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The first visualizations of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha fictions were the illustrations drawn to accompany the publication of his short stories in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, Scribner's and Collier's, the large circulation periodicals that Faulkner regularly submitted work to in his quest for income. Although Faulkner occasionally worked directly with the magazines' editors to revise a story, there is no evidence that he had any control over - or even interest in - the way these magazines illustrated his texts. The illustrations can, however, help us appreciate the way Faulkner's world, and the people of different races and classes who inhabit it, appeared to his original readers.

The following items are drawn from the William Faulkner Foundation Collection at the University of Virginia's Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (
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“Mule in the Yard”

Scribner's was a monthly that featured the kind of decorative illustrations you can see here. "David Harum" - the figure mentioned in the headnote below left - was the unscrupulous, horse-dealing protagonist of a best-selling 1899 novel by Edward Noyes Westcott. In the same year the story appeared (1934) it was also a movie starring Will Rogers.

Page 65, August 1934 Scribner's     Page 67, August 1934 Scribner's     Page 69, August 1934 Scribner's

      Citing this source:
Stephen Railton, "Illustrating 'Mule in the Yard,'" Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia,   (Date added to project: 2018)
Illustrations © Scribner's Magazine.