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“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut”: New Faulkner Letters

“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut”: New Faulkner Letters “I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut”: New Faulkner Letters by Lise Jaillant When I was working in the Random House archives at Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New York, I discovered a series of letters exchanged among William Faulkner, his editor Robert Haas, and a young aspir- ing writer James Culpepper . These letters can be found in a box labeled “General Correspondence; Col-Daz,” among rejection letters sent by Random House to aspiring writers. Th e correspondence of Faulkner, Haas, and Culpepper in the Random House archives is completed by a small cache of letters held in the Brodsky collection at Southeast Missouri State University. I have been able to identify a total of twenty-six letters, dated from January 6 to September 24, An exhaustive search of all relevant sources shows that nobody has ever commented on or published these letters. In the late 1940s, Culpepper attempted to secure Faulkner’s patronage in order to sell his own writings to Random House. Culpepper had a very high opinion of his work and was determined to become a literary star. However, he was well aware that the rise to fame would not be easy; not only did http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut”: New Faulkner Letters

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 47 (1) – May 29, 2015

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut”: New Faulkner Letters by Lise Jaillant When I was working in the Random House archives at Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New York, I discovered a series of letters exchanged among William Faulkner, his editor Robert Haas, and a young aspir- ing writer James Culpepper . These letters can be found in a box labeled “General Correspondence; Col-Daz,” among rejection letters sent by Random House to aspiring writers. Th e correspondence of Faulkner, Haas, and Culpepper in the Random House archives is completed by a small cache of letters held in the Brodsky collection at Southeast Missouri State University. I have been able to identify a total of twenty-six letters, dated from January 6 to September 24, An exhaustive search of all relevant sources shows that nobody has ever commented on or published these letters. In the late 1940s, Culpepper attempted to secure Faulkner’s patronage in order to sell his own writings to Random House. Culpepper had a very high opinion of his work and was determined to become a literary star. However, he was well aware that the rise to fame would not be easy; not only did

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 29, 2015

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