Rare and fine Pencil Sketch of a sail boat in a typed letter to Eric James Devine, likely 1948, [Oxford, Mississippi]
by FAULKNER, WILLIAM
Faulkner's letter underscores the writer's long interest in sailing. He wanted to refit the sails of his small sloop and after offering his own ideas asks for Devine's who was likely the more experienced sailor. He suggests a gift of a pipe to Devine in the last paragraph. In his drawing, Faulkner points to the "New Sail" he wants for this boat. A photograph of Faulkner's boat in included. Faulkner signs in pencil, "Bill." The illustration would ideally clarify what Faulkner wanted more directly than the words alone. Faulkner writes that, "a Navy bloke" his Marine fighter pilot nephew knows will, "make me a suit of sails out of airplane linen, a little lighter than the present canvas. They wont [sic] cost me anything...then I shall take the old jib and try to rig some kind of skysail, maybe turn it updside down, a balloon spkr, something like that. What do you think will happen...Sketch me a rig on paper, will you? My own idea herewith...." He identifies two parts of his drawing in pencil. Condition: center fold is prominent and in tact, other folds visible. Letter measures 8 x 11 inches and floats on a dark gray mat overlaid with a white mat, framed in black satin finished wood, matted and framed in museum quality materials, framed in 5/8/inch black satin wood. Frame measures 16 x 18 3/4/inches and the photo measures 8 x 10 inches, in pocket on back of frame. Faulkner's novel, Intruder in the Dust" came out in 1948, and was made into a film the following year, 1949, the same year he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
(Inventory #: 4646)
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