UNIVERSITY - An anonymous donor has given The University of Mississippi $660,000 to fund a Chair of Faulkner Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.
The endowment will pay tribute to the late Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. The University has become internationally known for its annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which is in its 24th year, and as owner and operator of Rowan Oak, Faulkner's home.
"We are thrilled to receive this generous gift," said Ole Miss Chancellor Robert C. Khayat. "The donor expressed wishes to strengthen the heart of the university, which is the College of Liberal Arts and the library. Since William Faulkner - the greatest writer of the 20th century - lived in Oxford, I think it is most appropriate to have a chair in his name at this university."
Faulkner became an Oxonian in 1902, when he was 5. During the next six decades, he published books of poetry, collections of short stories and 19 novels. Among his most well-known novels are "The Sound and the Fury," "As I Lay Dying," "Light in August" and "Absalom, Absalom!" He received the 1949 Nobel Prize for the body of his work, and a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award followed for "A Fable." Another Pulitzer Prize was given posthumously in 1963 for "The Reivers."