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They reincarnated the figures of human beings banished from his canvases since the 1920's.
These new pictures focussed on the familiar and commonplace objects that he had heard the men in his prison camp talking about as the things they missed most, hence associated with the sense of lost freedom: the cafe at the corner, the newspaper kiosk, the girls in doorways and windows along the street, the golden-crusted French bread they lacked, the cigarettes denied them.
One of the pictures was of a man with hat drawn over his face ceremoniously lighting a cigarette; others were of men doffing their hats to each other, carrying umbrellas with pomp, reading newspapers, or simply showing loaves of bread spread out.
Important as was Mr O'Donnell's essay, his thesis is so restricting as to deny Faulkner the stature which he obviously has.
He and also Mr Cowley and Mr Warren have fallen to the temptation which besets many of us to read into our authors- Nathaniel Hawthorne, for example, and Herman Melville- protests against modernism, material progress, and science which are genuine protests of our own but may not have been theirs.
Faulkner's total works today, and in fact those of his works which existed in 1946 when Mr Cowley made his comment, or in 1939, when Mr O'Donnell wrote his essay, reveal no such simple attitude toward the South.
If he is a traditionalist, he is an eclectic traditionalist.