Faulkner's World: An Exhibit of Photographs by Martin Dain

by - May 05, 2015

Faulkner's World: An Exhibit of Photographs by Martin Dain
Thursday, May 28, 6-8 pm
Cotton Museum

Help us Celebrate the opening of Faulkner's World with a Mint Julep Social at 6pm on Thursday, May 28! Through Martin Dain’s lens, viewers will glimpse the home life of William Faulkner during his final years. The elegant series also documents the Oxford, Mississippi community that informed the American novelist’s greatest works. At the event, guests will imbibe in style with the author’s favorite cocktail, the Mint Julep, along with wine, cheese and snacks. The Booksellers at Laurelwood will be on hand with copies of Martin Dain’s book and a selection of Faulkner’s work. The event is free and open to the public. Cash bar. 

The exhibit will remain on view through June 28, 2015.

About the Exhibit
Martin Dain’ s collection of black-and-white documentary photographs provides an intimate view of William Faulkner's life at home during his final years. Taken in Oxford, Mississippi from 1961-62, they also showcase the community that informed Faulkner’s work and inspired the fictional “Yoknapatawpha County” where many of his writings are set. The exhibit was curated and produced by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford.

About Martin Dain and His Book Faulkner’s World
Martin J. Dain, a native of Massachusetts, lives in Carmel Valley, California. It was the photographer's reverence for the writings of the Nobel Prize-winning author that stimulated him to travel to Faulkner country with his camera. "All my life I had been reading Faulkner," he says, "and you mature along with your reading and discover this man has said and known everything that's worth knowing and saying in your entire life.” In the book’s introduction written by Tom Rankin, Dain tells of his relationship with Faulkner and his extensive travels in Mississippi as he took the photographs. Author Larry Brown, who wrote the book’s forward, said Dain's photographs "preserve old times and people in the best and most satisfying ways. They can never fade away now, cannot slide back into memory and be forgotten forever."

This discussion is part of the Cotton Museum’s Southern Discovery: Author Series, a program that invites the community to enjoy talks from authors exploring southern experience, culture and history. The Cotton Museum hosts expanded Southern Discovery events as well, offering special events, tours, and supplementary exhibits for both children and adults. The Faulkner’s World Mint Julep Social is sponsored by Buster’s Wine and Liquors. The event will be held at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) on May 28 at 6:00pm and is free and open to the public.

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