This memoir is reprinted from William Faulkner of Oxford , a book of reminiscences about the novelist, edited by James W. Webb and A. Wigfall Green. It was publish in October by the Louisiana State University Press. The author, Murry Flakner, William’s only surviving brother, has always retained the original spelling of the family name. He is a retired F.B.I. man.
For three enthralled little boys in Oxford, Mississippi, the Space Age began one hot afternoon at the dawn of this century, when a balloon drifted aloft from the town square amid billows of smoke and whiskey fumes. One of the boys grew up to be Oxford’s most distinguished citizen, the famous novelist William Faulkner, who died in 1962. Another was his younger brother Murry, who writes this reminiscence of