Long out of print, John Faulkner's novel about cotton farming in the Mississippi Delta, Dollar Cotton, has been re-issued in paperback by Hill Street Press.
Although not nearly so renowned as the works of his Nobel Prize-winning brother, William, John Faulkner's novels, Men Working and Dollar Cotton, were acclaimed for their portrayals of the hardscrabble existence of many rural southerners during the Great Depression.
John Faulkner grew up in Oxford, Miss., with his brothers William, Murry, and Dean. He was a civil engineer, a self-taught painter, and an aviator, in addition to being a widely-published author. In addition to his novels, he was the author of a book about his acclaimed brother, My Brother Bill; another book about the Faulkners, Chooky; and Cabin Road.
Dollar Cotton is the story of Otis Town, a colorful character only a Faulkner could invent. A poor Tennessee farmer who leaves his home for the Mississippi Delta, where fertile land is cheap and hopes are plenty, he tears a cotton plantation out of the land and builds an empire, only to see it all wither away when the price of cotton plummets.
Refusing to accept his condition, he travels to New York to confront the president of the Stock Exchange, and tragedy ensues.
Described as “a classic tale about hard work and dreams, about the triumph and failure of man, and endurance on the land,” the reissuance of John Faulkner's Dollar Cotton will offer a new generation of readers a look at this particular slice of southern life.
(Publisher's price is $14.95. Hill Street Press, 191 E. Broad St., Suite 209, Athens Ga. 30601; www.hillstreetpress.com