A previously unpublished short story by William Faulkner titled "Love" is featured in the August edition of The Missouri Review, the University of Missouri-Columbia's literary magazine.
The story parallels an issue in Faulkner's own life. After World War I, Faulkner claimed to have served as a pilot in France, when in fact he had only spent nine months in Canada in a Royal Air Force training program.The main character in "Love" also claims to have been a pilot. In the story, Bob Jeyfus is engaged to be married, but his fiancee's family and friends, suspicious that he is lying about his wartime pilot experiences, influence her not to marry him.
Along with the story, the Review will reproduce a self-portrait by Faulkner and a rare photograph of him in his R.A.F. uniform.
"Publishing the story by Faulkner is a major accomplishment for The Missouri Review," said managing editor Greg Michalson. "William Faulkner is considered by many people to be the greatest modern American writer. His work inspired an entire generation of writers.
"This story, written early in his career, is significant because it's a good story and it helps complete our knowledge of Faulkner's literary career."
It is believed Faulkner wrote the story when he was 23, during a brief period when he left Oxford and lived in New York.
The Missouri Review, published three times a year, has a tradition of finding and printing unpublished manuscripts of literary giants.
In February 1987, the magazine published an original work by Mark Twain found in a manuscript collection by Missouri English professor Robert Sattelmeyer.