Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Used Walls for Notetaking

Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Used Walls for Notetaking

Kyle Freeman
Nov 5, 2008

In general we're not big fans of the ubiquitous word decals that people sometimes use to decorate their walls. But the image above is a completely different story. We spotted this photo in the current Oprah at Home Magazine article about famous authors' residences. Legend has it that this writer penned the outline of his Pulitzer Prize winning novel on the walls of his office...

The O at Home snippet reveals the legend that one of America's most famous authors, William Faulkner, using a graphite pencil and red grease pencil, penned the outline of The Fable on the walls of his Mississippi office. Faulkner's wife, disappointed with this decision, had the walls repainted. In return, Faulkner rewrote the outline and then shellacked the wall to ensure a permanent record! Brilliant.

Faulkner's home, known as Rowan Oak, in Oxford Mississippi is open for tours. Click here to see a virtual tour of Faulkner's office and his amazing home.

Have you ever used your walls as a giant tablet?

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