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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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Floyd Davis drew the two illustrations for this story. A year earlier Davis illustrated the Post's publication of "Hand upon the Waters"; three years later he did the illustrations for "Shingles for the Lord," where Reverend Whitfield appears again - but looking entirely different than he does here (below right).

Page 22, 23 November 1940 Saturday Evening Post     Page 23, 23 November 1940 Saturday Evening Post

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