Oxford


OxfordFeatured in various travel publications as a literary and arts destination, Oxford, Mississippi, boasts several dozen historic buildings, in addition to excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. Several festivals attract hordes of visitors throughout the year, from April's Oxford Conference for the Book, to the Oxford Film Festival and Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers' Workshop in June. The Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference occurs in July, followed by a much-celebrated football season.

Incorporated in 1837, Oxford is well-known today as the home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. Originally built by a pioneer settler in 1844, Faulkner's residence was named "Rowan Oak" by the author after the Celtic belief in the safeguarding powers of the Rowan tree. Faulkner wrote Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, A Fable and The Sound and The Fury at Rowan Oak, and remained there until his death in 1962.

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Faulkner once wrote, as an ode to his small city, "I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it." The quote is foilstamped inside a custom Moleskine notebook created in August 2009 for the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau. A paper band envelops the book, layering with the cover design. The notebooks were used as gifts to the city's lucky visitors.