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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 (http://small.library.virginia.edu/).
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“Retreat”

"Retreat" was the second of five Unvanquished stories published in The Saturday Evening Post between September 1934 and December 1936. All five were illustrated by F. R. Gruber. The "Retreat" illustrations represent (below left) Granny overseeing the slaves and Bayard as they dig up the silver that had been hidden from the Yankees (40), and (below right) Colonel Sartoris and his troop finding Bayard and Ringo (60).

Page 16, 13 October 1934 Saturday Evening Post     Page 17, 13 October 1934 Saturday Evening Post

      Citing this source:
Stephen Railton, "Illustrating 'Retreat,'" Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia, http://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/node/16300?canvas   (Date added to project: 2018)
Illustrations © The Saturday Evening Post.