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My Brother Bill

John Faulkner
New Foreword by Jimmy Faulkner

The most compelling memoir written about the Nobel Prize–winning writer William Faulkner

Perhaps no one knew the intensely private William Faulkner better than his brother John. At the time of Bill's funeral, a reporter remarked that seeing John walking the streets of Oxford, Mississippi, was like encountering the ghost of his brother. Indeed John and Bill were mirrors of one another in many ways. In this memoir we find an intimate and at times humorous portrait of William and his brothers from childhood through adulthood. John provides a keen view of the local characters and situations that Bill later used in his novels. John provides us a rare look into the soul of the Nobel Prize–winning author of such classics as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom!

My Brother Bill was first published in 1963, the year following William Faulkner's death. This edition includes seventeen photographs and a foreword by Jimmy Faulkner, son of the author and nephew of the subject (whom he knew as Brother Will).

John Wesley Thompson Faulkner III (1901–1963) was a lifetime resident of Mississippi and grew up in Oxford with his three brothers, William, Murry, and Dean. John was an aviator, a civil engineer, a self-taught painter, and a widely published author. Intensely interested in the South and loyal to a literary family steeped in tradition, he is best known for Dollar Cotton and three other novels, as well as his memoir, My Brother Bill.

"For anyone interested in William Faulkner and his writings (and everyone should be), this memoir of him by his younger brother is essential reading."—New York Times Book Review

"Rooted so deep in the soil from which the Faulkner clan sprang that it is worth tomes of Faulkner criticism."—Atlantic Monthly

"This affectionate memoir brings us to understand why Faulkner became the literary artist he did."—Christian Science Monitor

"Splendidly evokes the flavor of boyhood in a small southern town."—Time

"Sentimental, warm, and honest."—Saturday Review

"Thoroughly enjoyable."—New Yorker

"An absolute necessity for anyone who cares about the life and work of our greatest American novelist."—Joseph Blotner, author of Faulkner: A Biography

"Library Journal's 1963 review found that the famous writer is shown in a 'refreshingly new point of view' in this biography, which depicts him as a 'very human, far from perfect, down-to-earth, slightly old-fashioned sort of man.' This edition includes previously unpublished family photos and a new introduction by Faulkner's nephew Jimmy. . . . This insider's view is worth having."—Library Journal, "Classics Return"



Book jacket for My Brother Bill


5 1/2 x 8 1/2
240 pages
17 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-57003-933-1
paper, $22.50t
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