On this day in 1929 William Cuthbert Faulkner and Estelle Franklin Oldham were married at the College Hill Presbyterian Church just north of Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wanted to marry Estelle years earlier but she married another man. Estelle divorced in the spring of 1929 and Faulkner didn't lose his chance this time around. The next year Faulkner bought an old run down plantation house in Oxford and renamed it Rowan Oak. It was there where Faulkner created the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and some of his greatest works including The Unvanquished, Absolom, Absolom!, The Sound and the Fury and As I lay Dying.
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