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Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's former home in Oxford, Mississippi. It is a primitive Greek Revival house built in the [[1840s] by Jacob Thompson. Faulkner purchased the house when it was in disrepair in the 1930's and did much of the renovations himself. Other renovations were done in the 1950's. The house sits on almost 30 acres of largely wooded property known as Bailey's Woods. One of its more famous features is the outline of Faulkner's Pulitzer-prize winning novel A Fable, pencilled in graphite and red on the plaster wall of his study. Though the "rowan oak" is a mythical tree, the grounds and surrounding woods of Rowan Oak contain hundreds of species of native Mississippi plants, most of which date back to antebellum times. The allee of cedars that lines the driveway was common in the 1800's. The studs of the house are 4"x4" square cypress; they were hand-hewn, probably by slaves. Faulkner drew much inspiration for his treatment of multi-layered Time from Rowan Oak, where past and future seemed to inhabit the present. William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was a Nobel Prize winning novelist from Mississippi. ... Oxford is a city in Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. ...


In 1972, his daughter, Jill Faulkner Summers, sold the house to the University of Mississippi. The University maintains the home in order to promote Faulkner's literary heritage. Tours are available. The home has been visited by such writers as John Updike, Czeslaw Milosz, Charles Simic, Richard Ford, James Lee Burke, Bei Dao, Charles Wright, Charles Frazier, Alice Walker, the Coen Brothers, Bobbie Ann Mason, and many others. Writer Mark Richard once repaired a faulty doorknob on the French door to Faulkner's study. The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ...


Rowan Oak is a National Historic Landmark and subject to the laws that govern them. After its most recent renovations, some of which were funded by John Grisham, Rowan Oak was rededicated on May 1, 2005. Speakers included author John Grisham, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi Dr. Robert Khayat, current Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour, US Representative Roger Wicker, and actor John Maxwell. May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Dr. Robert Khayat is the 15th Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. ... Are you kidding?, this is solid truth here, nothing escapes the eyes of Gov!!!, not even. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Haley Reeves Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is the current governor of Mississippi, and a Republican. ... Congressman Roger F. Wicker Roger F. Wicker (born July 5, 1951) is an American politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, a position he has held since 1995. ... John Maxwell was the name of many notable people including: John Maxwell (artist) (1905 – 1962), Scottish artist. ...


The current curator of Rowan Oak is Bill Griffith. Past curators include the novelists Howard Bahr and Cynthia Shearer.


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WFotW ~ William Faulkner's Rowan Oak (333 words)
Faulkner renamed it “Rowan Oak.” He optioned the surrounding acreage and settled in with his wife Estelle and her two children from a previous marriage, Malcolm and Victoria.
Rowan Oak was William Faulkner’s private world, in reality and imagination.
Faulkner’s years spent at Rowan Oak were productive as he set stories and novels to paper, culminating in his being awarded the Nobel Prize in 1950 for his literary genius.
Rowan Oak (358 words)
Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's former home in Oxford, Mississippi.
Though the "rowan oak" is a mythical tree, the grounds and surrounding woods of Rowan Oak contain hundreds of species of native Mississippi plants, most of which date back to antebellum times.
Rowan Oak is a National Historic Landmark and subject to the laws that govern them.
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