Friday, December 3, 2021

John Cofield's Oxford and Ole Miss: Sardis Lake and Faulkner's Sailboat

Out of the public eye, William Faulkner loved to sail his 19-foot sailboat, The Ring Dove, at Sardis Reservoir near Oxford.

He bought the boat from Author Guyton for $300 and took it home to Rowan Oak, where he spent weeks scraping, caulking, painting and fitting it for launching.
Eudora Welty went sailing with him one time according to an article in the Paris Review:…/13/sailing-with-faulkner/

John Cofield is a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.
Check out Cofield’s new book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
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