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  • Fictional county of many William Faulkner stories.

    April 17, 2008

  • And such fun to say.

    April 17, 2008

  • And based on Lafayette County, Miss., where Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak, is located, and where I spent a hella long time.

    Incidentally, one of the things that made my time there seem even longer was the native pronunciation of "Lafayette" (normally "la-fay-ETTE") as "la-FAY-ette." Gah!

    April 17, 2008

  • Haha! I remember traveling to the South and being warned about that. I guess we northerners sound awfully funny to them when we accent the last syllable.

    Rowan Oak: Must return. Love it.

    April 17, 2008

  • RT--you must have been warned by a Mississippian! In Virginia the name of the Marquis de Lafayette is all over the place (considering he saved our behinds back in 1780-81), and pronounced invariably (as far as I know) as la-fay-ETTE--as they do in most places, I think.

    Just proof that my time in Mississippi was my longest foreign assignment...

    April 18, 2008

  • Actually, it was a northerner living in Mississippi who warned me. :-) But yes, I meant "The South," not Virginia. We southern Pennsylvanians don't think of Virginia as southern, though some Virginians might disagree.

    April 18, 2008

  • Gah! Yes, I think they would disagree. Well... northern Virginia's different too, though. Perhaps jennarenn will weigh in on this. :)

    Anyway... Yoknapatawpha County very much resembles Lafayette County, Miss.--in case anyone ever wants to visit!

    April 18, 2008

  • But does it have Faulkner-type characters ambling about? I'm not sure that's a great tourist draw. ;-)

    April 18, 2008