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By Margaretta Salinger

This team of 1 hundred American paintings—representing a couple of 10th of the Metropolitan Museums holdings of eighteenth, 19th, and early twentieth-century work within the American field—has been chosen to supply an enticing and reasonable effect either one of those holdings and of yankee portray ordinarily. even supposing no e-book in accordance with a particular assortment may perhaps declare to supply a correct evaluation of the background of yankee portray, as a result of inevitable gaps in any collection—as exemplified the following by means of the mild illustration of people or naive painting—the total breadth and power of the Metropolitan assortment aren't in basic terms striking but in addition serviceable for definitely showing the background and variety of yankee portray.

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In the story "A Bear Hunt," five miles down the river from Major de Spain's camp, and in an even wilder part of the river's jungle of cane and gum and pin oak, there is an Indian mound. Aboriginal, it rises profoundly and darkly enigmatic, the only elevation of any kind in the wild, fiat jungle of river bottom . . 3 As such, the mounds loomed on the landscape like the less hidden structures of the early white settlersespecially their great plain barns. While living among the Indians on the future site of Oxford in 1835, John J.

There is, in fact, throughout Faulkner criticism a puzzling imbalance between the attention given to nature and that given to architecture. " 3 Historian Joel Williamson recognized that "Faulkner early evolved a symbology in which buildings stood for artificial, man-made institutions and the 'outdoors' stood for the natural order. In his stories, doors and door frames, windows and window frames became especially important. His characters were forever looking in or looking out, crawling in or crawling out of windows.

1 More lasting, however, in both history and fiction, were the burial mounds of Lafayette, Tippah, and Yoknapatawpha counties, emphatic constructions of bermed earth that would stand through the centuries to remind and rebuke (Figs. 12 and 13). Faulkner knew the several mounds around Oxford, and he owned an illustrated history of Mississippi archaeology that documented their presence throughout the state. In his partially autobiographical essay "Mississippi," he mused on the mounds in which the < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 Figure 12 Indian Mound, Lafayette County, Mississippi (photographed in 1913).

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