Literary Landmark: William Faulkner’s New Orleans house

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New Orleans, La.
Dedicated: June 25th, 1993
Partners: Friends of New Orleans Public Library

624 Pirate’s Alley was designated a Literary Landmark by the Friends of New Orleans Public Library on June 25th, 1993 in honor of American author William Faulkner. Faulkner lived on the ground floor of the house in 1925.

It was at this house in the French Quarter that Faulkner completed his first novel Soldier’s Pay. This was the novel that made Faulkner a famous author. Up until that point he was a starving artist struggling to make it in New Orleans. After the publishing of his first novel, Faulkner left for Paris, however the time spent in the shadow of the St. Louis Cathedral and the gardens in his backyard inspired some of his later novels including Mosquitoes, The Wild Palms, and Pylon.

The house is now a private residence and store for rare books. It was purchased in 1988 and the owners completed renovation on it in 1990. The house is not open for viewing; however visitors can drop in on the bookstore, Faulkner House Books. The building sustained $200,000 worth of damage from Hurricane Katrina but remain open today.

William Faulkner House in New Orleans has a story in every room (Times-Picayune)

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 150 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website.