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William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History

William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History by Sally Wolff Recently I interviewed Dr. Edgar Wiggin Francisco III, whose father, Edgar Francisco, Jr., was a friend of William Faulkner. As a boy, Edgar III was present and listening when Faulkner made frequent trips to Holly Springs, Mississippi, to visit the McCarroll/Francisco family at the home that has been in their family for one hundred seventy-six years. Now, at the age of seventy-nine, Dr. Francisco reminisced with me about those days. During the first interview, his wife Anne suggested that he show me the family diary that belonged to his great-great-grandfather. He disap- peared from the room and returned momentarily with a volume written originally in longhand in the 1800s by his ancestor, who owned planta- tion lands in Mississippi and Arkansas. He explained that this volume was one of seven typescript volumes, all of which were prepared from the original, and handed it to me. Among the typescript pages were some facsimiles of the original, handwritten diary that had been composed on ledger paper. The handwriting is in the old, nineteenth- century style and dic ffi ult to decipher. Seeing the ledger instantly brought to my mind the ledger http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 42 (1) – Jan 27, 2010

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2009 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History by Sally Wolff Recently I interviewed Dr. Edgar Wiggin Francisco III, whose father, Edgar Francisco, Jr., was a friend of William Faulkner. As a boy, Edgar III was present and listening when Faulkner made frequent trips to Holly Springs, Mississippi, to visit the McCarroll/Francisco family at the home that has been in their family for one hundred seventy-six years. Now, at the age of seventy-nine, Dr. Francisco reminisced with me about those days. During the first interview, his wife Anne suggested that he show me the family diary that belonged to his great-great-grandfather. He disap- peared from the room and returned momentarily with a volume written originally in longhand in the 1800s by his ancestor, who owned planta- tion lands in Mississippi and Arkansas. He explained that this volume was one of seven typescript volumes, all of which were prepared from the original, and handed it to me. Among the typescript pages were some facsimiles of the original, handwritten diary that had been composed on ledger paper. The handwriting is in the old, nineteenth- century style and dic ffi ult to decipher. Seeing the ledger instantly brought to my mind the ledger

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Published: Jan 27, 2010

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