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Sut Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a "Nat'ral Born Durn'd Fool."

Warped and wove for public wear. By George W. Harris
Book; Online
New York, Dick & Fitzgerald [1867]
[4], [ix]-xv, [3], [19]-299, [12] p. : plates ;. 19 cm.
  • Plates have tissue guardsheets.
  • Wright II, 1104.
  • Publisher's advertisements (12 p.) at end, with address as 18 Ann St.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: PS646 .F53 H383 S8 1867: Original terra-cotta cloth, with gilt vignette. Inscribed "Jas. A. Richards Columbia Lancaster Co., Pa. " Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Minor American Fiction. Gift of C. W. Barrett.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: PS3511 .A86 Z42 .H37 S8 1867: Later printing, undated, on cheaper paper; plates do not have guardsheets. Contains only [7] pages of publisher's advertisements, with address as Post Office Box 975. Original green cloth, with gilt vignette. William Faulkner Collection. Signed by William Faulkner's father, MC Falkner, with his numbering code "181" above his signature and on spine. From the Library of William Faulkner, with his signature, dated Rowan Oak, 12 September 1932. In his 1955 interview with Jean Stein vanden Heuvel, Faulkner mentions Sut Lovingood as one of his favorite characters (James B. Meriweather and Michael Millgate, eds., Lion in the Garden: Interviews with William Faulkner, 1926-1962 [New York: Random House, 1968], p.251). In a letter home to his mother from New Orleans, Faulkner refers to the book (whether this or an as yet unknown copy) (James G. Watson, ed., Thinking of Home: William Faulkner's Letters to his Mother and Father, 1918-1925 [New York: W.W. Norton, 1992], p. 193). Bart Welling comments that the "letter to Maud announces the creation by her son and Sherwood Anderson of a 'grand character--Al Jackson, grandson of Old Hickory,' about whom the two authors were planning to write a book--'You know, kind of like Sut Lovingood.' The off-handed nature of the reference suggests shared family experience of this copy (or one like it), and Murry's numbering system and multiple autographs identify this particular copy as a valued part of the family library" (Bart Welling, Faulkner's Library Revisited [Mississippi Quarterly 52.3], p. 400, n. 55). Purchased, 2014.
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