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During the 1957 and 1958 Spring semesters, William Faulkner was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. During that time he appeared at thirty-six different public events, reading from his work and answering over 1400 questions from students, faculty and others. Thanks to two members of the Department of English, Frederick Gwynn and Joseph Blotner, most of those sessions were recorded, and preserved on tape in the University of Virginia Special Collections Library. Over 28 hours of the recordings have been digitized, and are available online in the Faulkner at Virginia audio archive . The mp3 clips available below have been taken from that archive, and are playable on most devices.

“Dry September” Audio Clip

Isn't the story in "Dry September" specifically Southern? (12 May 1958; 0:39)

Isn't the story in "Dry September" specifically Southern? (12 May 1958; 0:39)

William Faulkner: Yes, ma'am.

Unidentified participant: Does that mean in a short story like "Dry September" the situation is [...]?

William Faulkner: Yes. In which a—a—a woman, in that condition of frustration after menopause or about menopause, could have caused that sort of tragedy. It wouldn't necessarily have to have a—a—a colored note in it. Not necessarily that same story, but she could have caused that same grief, injustice, crime.