New Orleans, Louisiana is the city on the Mississippi river that people visit because of its festive Mardi Gras. Other reasons why people go here is that it is quite popular for the night life that it offers, the live music scenes, and the spicy cuisines, which are mixtures of African, American, and French cultures.
Another reason why people visit Louisiana is because of the Faulkner House Books. People who love reading never miss to stop here whenever they are in town. However, books lovers aren’t the only frequent visitors because many ghost hunters and paranormal experts come by at the Faulkner House Books because of the supposed ghost that haunts the area.
The Faulkner House Books as seen from the outside. (Link: https://bundleofbooks.org/2018/07/21/bookshop-review-faulkner-house-books-new-orleans-usa/)
The History Of Faulkner House Books
The Faulkner House Books was completed on September 25, 1990, which was the birthday of author William Faulkner. It is located at 624 Pirate’s Alley, which is in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Many people go to Faulkner House Books because it offers new and used books and some of them are even rare editions.
Some of the literary works of William Faulkner at the Faulkner House Books. (Link: http://bookwitch1.blogspot.com/2012/06/faulkner-house-books-new-orleans.html)
Since it is an establishment named after Faulkner, there are a lot of books about the author and literary works that the author made in the Faulkner House Books. Other authors featured at the Faulkner House Books are Tennessee Williams, Johnsoniana, Walker Percy, and many more.
Visitors inside the Faulkner House Books. (Link: http://bookstoreexplorer.com/faulkner-house-books-new-orleans-louisiana/)
More on Faulkner, he was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897. He used his environment as a setting for many of his works. He became well known because of his works like “The Sound and the Fury,” “As I Lay Dying,” “Sanctuary,” and more. He is also known for his poems. In 1949, Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction both for the years 1955 and 1963. Faulkner arrived in New Orleans in 1924 and lived there for six months. Despite living in New Orleans only for a short time, his other works were inspired by the vibe given off by New Orleans. He wrote “Soldier’s Pay” while in an apartment in New Orleans.
The front cover of William Faulkner’s “Soldier’s Pay”. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/vloebel/1920s-books/)
The Faulkner House Books was not built by Faulkner himself but by one attorney Joseph D. DeSalvo and Rosemary James. The place where the establishment was built is the same area where Faulkner lived when he stayed in New Orleans for a few months. The Faulkner House Books was later dubbed as the National Literary Landmark.
Joseph D. DeSalvo and Rosemary James, the owners of the Faulkner House Books. (Link: https://faulknersociety.org/2017-words-music-schedule/)
A sign at the Faulkner House Books. (Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/faulkner-house-books)
The Ghost Of William Faulkner
According to many people, the ghost of William Faulkner haunts the Faulkner House Books. Whenever, Faulkner’s ghost is around, some have smelled pipe tobacco, which is a trademark for the author. He reportedly smoked whenever he was writing. The owner of the Faulkner House Books also claimed that the author seems to fancy women. Some women employees have been given inappropriate caresses when they area in the area.
William Faulkner using his pipe in an undated photo. (Link: https://www.famousauthors.org/william-faulkner)
Other visitors and employees have claimed that they saw Faulkner’s ghost sitting at his original writing desk.
William Faulkner’s desk. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/157063105724627991/?lp=true)