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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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“A Rose for Emily”

In 1930, when it became the first national periodical to publish Faulkner's work, The Forum Magazine was a widely-read and well-respected journal, with an emphasis on Southern material and issues. The five two-color illustrations that accompanied Faulkner's text were drawn by Weldon Bailey.

Page 233, April 1930 Forum Magazine     Page 234, April 1930 Forum Magazine     Page 235, April 1930 Forum Magazine     Page 237, April 1930 Forum Magazine     Page 238, April 1930 Forum Magazine

      Citing this source:
Stephen Railton, "Illustrating 'A Rose for Emily,'" Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia,   (Date added to project: 2018)
Illustrations © Forum.