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The Center for Faulkner Studies
at Southeast Missouri State University

"The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."

-William Faulkner

The Center for Faulkner Studies:
Devoted to the Study of William Faulkner,
Sole Owner and Proprietor of Yoknapatawpha County


Robert Hamblin, Director

The Center for Faulkner Studies (CFS) is located on the third floor of Kent Library on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO


Robert Hamblin with L.D. Brodsky, the collector

Peter Alan Froehlich, Assistant Director


The CFS was established at Southeast Missouri State University in 1989 under the leadership of its first and only Director, Robert Hamblin, following the university's acquisition of the Brodsky Collection, assembled over a thirty year period by Louis Daniel (L.D.) Brodsky of St. Louis.


The Center's mural of Faulkner, created by Grant Lund

BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Hisao Tanaka visits the Faulkner Center 


The CFS sponsors and supports educational, scholarly and public service projects related to William Faulkner, the South and American and world literatures, such as the BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar program and the Teaching Faulkner Newsletter.

The renowned Brodsky Collection includes the Blotner Papers, the research files of Faulkner's biographer Joseph Blotner.

The Center is also the repository for the materials assembled by Jane Isbell Haynes, a Faulkner scholar and collector. Haynes is the author of William Faulkner: His Lafayette County Heritage and William Faulkner: His Tippah County Heritage.


The collector displays original copy of The Wishing-Tree

British scholar Helen Oakley researching the Brodsky Collection

Our hours are 1-5 pm M-F and by appointment. Please phone (573) 986-6155 or fax (573) 651-5188 for additional information, or e-mail the Center at cfs@semo.edu.

Reading area in the Rare Book Room




Dr. Hamblin's Faulkner students at Rowan Oak

L.D. Brodsky with file of Faulkner letters, part of The Brodsky Collection

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