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**For Immediate Release**
Where is Yoknapatawpha County?
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/01/06

Goodwell, Okla. — Difficult, distressing, and delightful, the fiction of William Faulkner has beckoned readers into his mythical world for decades. One of the best-known American writers of the twentieth century, Faulkner’s main body of work spans 1929-1942. Using the South as his setting, Faulkner examines difficult social issues including injustices of race, class, politics, religion, and gender in his short stories and novels.

The Nobel prize winning author constructed a fictional yet historical account of the South using, in part, the defining event for generations of Southerners — the Civil War. Faulkner creates a South at once familiar and disturbing. A master of implication, he fascinates his audience with his ability to lead even the most resistant into a world that many find corrupt yet truthful and obscure yet defining. Even though Faulkner did not publish a chronological series of novels, he nevertheless created a complex family tree and a well-defined setting that he used over and over again in his work.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Sara Jane Richter, will offer a course in the fascinating work of William Faulkner this fall. The two-hour credit class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:20a.m. To explore Yoknapatawpha County and its cast of characters, contact Dr. Richter at 580-349-1472 or via email at saraj@opsu.edu.

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