Illustration for Welty’s Unpublished Review of William Faulkner’s Sanctuary

Posted On September 26, 2016
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In Eudora Welty’s reading notes, she described Sanctuary’s Temple Drake “as a recognizable human being. Indeed she is a familiar type—a spoiled, headstrong, reckless, provocative, empty-headed little Ole Miss co-ed of the 1920’s, bent only on getting her way” (qtd. in McHaney 38). Welty seems to have imagined Temple just as Faulkner had drawn such co-eds, as seen in his illustrations for his college yearbook. Faulkner’s line drawing for Ole Miss, 1919-1920 (Vol. xxiv) of a woman and man dancing illustrates “the page listing members of the Red and Blue Club, a dancing society” (Collins 157).
Works Cited
Collins, Carvel, ed. William Faulkner Early Prose and Poetry. London: Jonathan Cape, 1963, cover. Print.
McHaney, Pearl Amelia. “Eudora Welty’s 1985 Reading of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, and Light in August.” Eudora Welty Review 8 (2016): 31-44. Print.