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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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"Vendee" was the last of five Unvanquished stories published in The Saturday Evening Post between September 1934 and December 1936. All five were illustrated by F[rederic] R[odrigo] Gruger, a prolific magazine and newspaper illustrator. For "Vendee," Gruger used the facing first two pages of the story to create a larger illustration, depicting the moment when Bayard and Ringo finally come face to face with Grumby. Below right: a composite of the two pages.

Page 16, 5 December 1936 Saturday Evening Post     Page 17, 5 December 1936  Saturday Evening Post     Pages 16-17, 5 December 1936  Saturday Evening Post

      Citing this source:
Stephen Railton, "Illustrating 'Vendee,'" Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia,   (Date added to project: 2018)
Illustrations © The Saturday Evening Post.