Mapping Yoknapatawpha

  Below is one of several maps of his imaginary world that Faulkner himself drew. He probably made this one late in his life, perhaps even when he was Writer in Residence at UVA in the late 1950s. It seems unfinished — for example he omits the road that leads directly south from Jefferson, towards Mottson — and various geographical details are different on other maps. But of course as a place in Faulkner's imagination, Yoknapatawpha was always growing and changing, which is what the series of maps I'm making from this one is supposed to help us see.

MAP SOURCE: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.