New Orleans as Seen by William Faulkner


Faulkner Typewriter, taken by G. J. Charlet III

Destination: New Orleans

Book: New Orleans Sketches by William Faulkner

As I indicated in an earlier post, William Faulkner did not spend a great deal of time in New Orleans. He was a young  writer switching from poetry to fiction writing when he took an apartment in what is now Faulkner House Books. He wrote short pieces that the New Orleans Times-Picayune published, back in the day when newspapers printed literature as well as news. Those pieces have been gathered in the book called New Orleans Sketches.

Faulkner made $4 a piece for the sketches he sold to the Times-Picayune, but earned much more in the practice of development of description and characters.

Any aficionado of Faulkner’s work will enjoy seeing his beginnings. On the other hand, if his complexity has flummoxed you as a reader, you may find enjoyment in these simpler pieces.

At any rate, you will see an interesting picture of New Orleans circa 1925.

Are you a Faulkner fan or does he mystify you? Let us know.

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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

3 thoughts on “New Orleans as Seen by William Faulkner

  1. Not really a Faulkner comment, but just wanted to tell folks I think James Lee Burke does a fabulous job in capturing the spirit of Bayou country. When I read his work . . . I am there. Especially love Black Cherry Blues.

  2. I’m still stumped by Faulkner, but I’m not giving up! I think short stories or sketches might be a better place to start.

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